Thursday, 31 December 2015

Year’s End - Richard Wilbur

Now winter downs the dying of the year,
And night is all a settlement of snow;
From the soft street the rooms of houses show
A gathered light, a shapen atmosphere,
Like frozen-over lakes whose ice is thin
And still allows some stirring down within.

Wednesday, 30 December 2015

Octaves - Osip Mandelstam

I love the formation of tissue
When after two, after three,
Or after four attempts at inhaling
I draw an unbroken breath.

Tuesday, 29 December 2015

Meditation on Ginkgo Nuts Left by My Father - Lee Gil-Won

When it reached the sea,
The river quieted for the first time,
After sending up clouds of spray, shaking the rocks,
And stirring up muddy water from time to time.

Sunday, 27 December 2015

Of Beauty and Duty - Dante Alighieri

Two ladies to the summit of my mind
Have clomb, to hold an argument of love.

Saturday, 26 December 2015

Apple-Pears - Andy Quan

each ninth month of the year
the buds fallen & fruit forming
copper-gold jewels a child’s round cheeks

Thursday, 24 December 2015

A Christmas Prayer - George Macdonald

Loving looks the large-eyed cow,
Loving stares the long-eared ass
At Heaven's glory in the grass!

Wednesday, 23 December 2015

I approach, and I withdraw - Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz

I approach, and I withdraw:
who but I could find
absence in the eyes,
presence in what's far?

Tuesday, 22 December 2015

from “Octonaires on the World’s Vanity and Inconstancy” - Antoine de Chandieu

Ice glitters like it’s good.
The whole world glitters,
sped towards ends,
we all fall in.

Monday, 21 December 2015

Mistletoe - Walter de la Mare

Sitting under the mistletoe
(Pale-green, fairy mistletoe),

Sunday, 20 December 2015

Friday, 18 December 2015

Poems from The Tale of Genji (chapter 44) - Murasaki Shikibu

Ah, cherry blossoms! How one's heart tremhles for them when stormy winds hlow
           although anyone can see they themselves care not at all.

Thursday, 17 December 2015

De Spectaculis Liber XXX - Marcus Valerius Martialis

While a roused hind was flying
    from the swift Molossian hounds,
and tangled the drawn-out chase by divers wiles,
    before Caesar's feet,

Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Archimedes - Friedrich von Schiller

To Archimedes once a scholar came,
"Teach me," he said, "the art that won thy fame;—

Monday, 14 December 2015

Publishers - Godfrey Mutiso Gorry

And then they pretend like owls
With marble eyes and wizened stupidity
I do not know why they cannot perceive
True art

Sunday, 13 December 2015

Vondel's Lucifer (Act I, lines 282-343) - Joost van den Vondel

So be ye faithful, ever rendering thus
Both God and man your service: since mankind
So well belovèd are by God Himself.

Saturday, 12 December 2015

Via del Monte - Umberto Saba

In Trieste, where there are many sorrows,
and beauties of sky and cityscape,
there’s a hill called the Via del Monte.

Friday, 11 December 2015

Let us go where there are varied crafts - Osip Emilevich Mandelstam

Let us go where there are varied crafts
And trades -- shashlik and chebureki,
Where trousers on a sign give us
The idea of a man.

Thursday, 10 December 2015

When I was born - Karaikkal Ammaiyar

When I was born and learned to speak
I was overcome with love

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

I Will Walk - Anon (Chippewa Indian)

I will walk into somebody's dwelling,
Into somebody's dwelling will I walk.

Tuesday, 8 December 2015

The Desert of Atacama VI - Raúl Zurita

Arid plains do not dream
             No one has ever managed to see
             Those chimerical pampas

Monday, 7 December 2015

Retirement - William Cowper

Fresh fields and woods! the Earth's fair face,
God's foot-stool, and man's dwelling-place.

Sunday, 6 December 2015

Of the Father's Love Begotten - Aurelius Clemens Prudentius

Of the Father's love begotten
Ere the worlds began to be,
He is Alpha and Omega,
He the Source, the Ending He,
Of the things that are, that have been,
And that future years shall see
Evermore and evermore.

Saturday, 5 December 2015

To the Tune of To Rouge the Lips - Li Ching Chao

Lonely in my secluded chamber,

A thousand sorrows fill every inch
            of my sensitive being.

Friday, 4 December 2015

The Oracle - Walter von der Vogelweide

Beset with doubts, in agony
I sat quite long alone and thought
How from her service I might be free,
Until a comfort gladness brought.

Thursday, 3 December 2015

Parting at evening - Richard Outram

The lake is borrowed light,
    Its darkening waters
Lengthen into night;

Wednesday, 2 December 2015

February 14th - Saw Wei

Arensberg said:
Only once you have experienced deep pain
And madness
And like an adolescent
Thought the blurred photo of a model
Great art
Can you call it heartbreak.

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Winter song - Nichita Stãnescu

You are so beautiful in winter!
The field stretched on its back, near the horizon,
and the trees stopped running from the winter wind ...