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Poetry in Translation, (CCLXXX) – ROMANIA, Radu GYR (1905-1975): “We say no more”, “Tãcem din gurã “

April 1st, 2014 · 2 Comments

“We say no more”,
by Radu GYR
(poem from the Communist prisons – fragment)
The frost had found its deepest home,
like hunger biting to the bone,
as night and day the wound is sore,
we clench the teeth to say no more.
6.
I’m silent like the doorway lock
And like the inmates in the dock.
At night, in all the prison cells,
I hear the friends’ tormented wails.
7.
But from afar I hear a thunder
as if the walls do fall asunder
and heavy chains break on the floor…
we clench the teeth and say no more.
(Aiud political prison)
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Poetry in Translation, (CCLXXIX) – POLAND, Wislawa SZYMBORSKA (1923-2012): “Possibilities”, “Posibilităţi”

March 30th, 2014 · No Comments

Prefer zodia insectelor decât cea a stelelor.
Prefer să bat în lemn.
Prefer să întreb cât timp şi când.
Prefer să consider că însăşi posibilitatea
existenţei îşi are raţiunea sa.

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Poetry in Translation, (CCLXXVIII) – BRASIL, Mario Raúl de Morais ANDRADE (1893-1945): “Rondeau for you”, “Rondou”

March 29th, 2014 · No Comments

Poetry in Translation, (CCLXXVIII) – BRASIL Mario Raúl de Morais ANDRADE (1893-1945): “Rondeau for you”, “Rondou”

Together with your loveliness
The maddening charm and laughter
That you give me
It would be something if I too owned
What hides behind your face, Rose:
The thought, the soul, the grief
of you.

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Poetry in Translation, (CCLXXVII) – ITALY/SICILY, Mary BERTINO (b. 1949): “Mio caro”, “Iubite”

March 26th, 2014 · No Comments

MIO CARO.
(Mary BERTINO, n. 1949, Sicilia)

Come passano lente le ore,
L’orologio batte come il mio cuore
sulle strade del mondo
mio caro, ti ho smarrito
e tutte le sere
quando scende il sole
e i suoi raggi
incendiano di luce il cielo
ho nostalgia di te
che non torni piu sui passi tuoi
che cerchi altri aquiloni

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Poetry in Translation, (CCLXXVI) – BOSNIA, Nikola ŽILIC (b. 1987): “It’s just”, “Dincolo”

March 22nd, 2014 · 4 Comments

Dincolo de celulele cenuşii ale cetăţii
Dincolo de conştiinţa noastră vie
Dincolo de privirile retrospective
De oroarea compătimitoare
Mai este încă
Mult
Mai
Mult

Beyond the grey ol’ cubes of cities
Beyond the knowledge in our heads
Beyond just stares back
Loathing pities,
So
Much
More

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Poetry in Translation, (CCLXXV) – FRANCE, Alfred de MUSSET (1810-1857): “Le rideau de ma voisine”, “Perdeaua vecinei mele”

March 14th, 2014 · No Comments

Le rideau de ma voisine
Se soulève lentement.
Elle va, je l’imagine,
Prendre l’air un moment.

On entr’ouvre la fenêtre :
Je sens mon coeur palpiter.
Elle veut savoir peut-être
Si je suis à guetter.

Mais, hélas ! ce n’est qu’un rêve ;
Ma voisine aime un lourdaud,
Et c’est le vent qui soulève
Le coin de son rideau.

Alfred de MUSSET (1810-1857)
Perdeaua vecinei mele
(după Goethe)

Perdeaua vecinei mele
Se ridică întrodoară.
Ea încearcă, îmi închipui,
Să vadă cum e-afară.

Fereastra se-ntredeschide.
În piept, inima-i bătândă:
Ea vrea să ştie unde
Eu pot să stau la pândă.

Dar m-am pripit: vecinei,
Îi place-o beizadea
Şi doar e vântul care
Îi suflă în perdea.

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Poetry in Translation, (CCLXXIV) – MEXICO, Octavio PAZ Lozano (1914– 1998): “Poet’s Epitaph”, “Epitaful Poetului”

March 13th, 2014 · No Comments

Epitaful Poetului
Octavio PAZ Lozano (1914– 1998)

A început să cânte, un cântec
ca să uite
adevărata sa viaţă de minciuni
şi să- şi aduc-aminte
minciunile adevăratei sale vieţi.

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He tried to sing, singing
not to remember
his true life of lies
and to remember
his lying life of truths.

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Poetry in Translation, (CCLXXIII) – USA, Robert FROST (1874-1963): “A Question”, “Întrebare”

March 12th, 2014 · No Comments

A voice said, Look me in the stars
And tell me truly, men of earth,
If all the soul-and-body scars
Were not too much to pay for birth.

Ghiciţi-mi într-o ceaşcă de cafea
Şi spuneţi sincer, oameni din trecut,
Dacă necazul, tot, din viaţa mea,
N-a fost prea mult de a mă fi născut.

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Poetry in Translation, (CCLXXII) – ENGLAND, Dame Edith Louisa Sitwell (1887-1964): “Answers”, “Răspunsuri”

March 11th, 2014 · No Comments

Even when all small answers build up to
Protection of my spirit, still I hear
Big answers striving for their overthrow.
And all the great conclusions coming near.

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Poetry in Translation, (CCLXXI): – ITALY, Annie Chartres VIVANTI (1888-1942): “Tra poco”, “Când dorul se va stinge”

March 7th, 2014 · No Comments

Tra poco, quando cesserò d’amarti,
Ritroverò il mio riso …impertinente,
Ritroverò le mie perfidie e l’arti
Di torturare e innamorar la gente.

Tra poco, quando cesserò d’amarti,
Serena, smemorata e senza addio,
Contenta di fuggire e di scordarti
Riprenderò il vagabondaggio mio.

Tra poco, quando cesserò d’amarti,
Scontrandoti per via smorto e severo,

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