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POETRY IN TRANSLATION (LXXXVI): Patrick McGuinness -“Father and Son” (In Memoria Tatalui si Binevenirea Fiului meu)

July 16th, 2011 · No Comments · International Media, PEOPLE, Poetry, quotations, Translations


Patrick McGuinness

Patrick McGuinness, Poet and Academic of Irish and Belgian extraction. His first novel, The last Hundred Days, (Seren Books, 1911) is based on his experience of life during the terminal years of Ceausescu’s dictatorship.

Poet si Universitar de origine Irlandeza si Belgiana, Patrick McGuinness a debutat cu romanul intitulat Ultima suta de zile (The last Hundred Days, Seren Books, 1911) care povesteste despre anii traiti in perioada  agoniei  Ceausiste.

Patrick McGuinness:   Father and Son

(in memory of my father, and in welcome to my son)

In the wings there is one who waits to go on,
and another, his scene run, who waits to go.
I would like to think they met; if not here
then like crossed letters touching in the dark;

the blank page and the turned page,
the first and the last, shadows folding
over and across me, in whom they’re bound.

Published in Metre, Spring 2005

Tata si Fiu

(In Memoria Tatalui si  Binevenirea Fiului meu)

In culise un om asteapta sa intre in scena,

iar altul, cu rolul terminat, asteapta sa plece.

Asi vrea sa cred ca s-ar fi intalnit, cel putin aici,

daca nu, intocmai cuvintelor, trecand prin ceata;

o pagina alba si una intoarsa,

prima si ultima, umbre impaturite

peste mine si prin mine, o fibra din trupul meu.

(versiune in limba Romana © Constantin ROMAN, 16 Iulie 2011)


In Memory of my Father, and in Welcome to my Son

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