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Poems Found in Translation · 1d ago

Zheng Min: Death of a Poet # 1 (From Chinese)

From Death of a Poet (Poem 1 of 19) By Zheng MinTranslated by A.Z. ForemanWho is it, who is it who'sthe one whose mighty fingers breakThis winter day's narcissus, makethe white juice oozeout...
Poems Found in Translation · 1d ago

Zheng Min: Death of a Poet #2 (From Chinese)

From Death of a Poet (Poem 2 of 19)By Zheng MinTranslated by A.Z. ForemanSongs never sung aloudDreams incompletely dreamtstare down at me from the edge of a cloudlike migrant birds in fog's ...
Poems Found in Translation · 1d ago

Feng Zhi: Sonnet 27 (From Chinese)

Sonnet 27: Poetic FormBy Feng ZhiTranslated by A.Z. Foreman To freely overflowing formless waterThe water-bearer brings an oval jarThus giving definite form to water's matterLook! The windva...
Poems Found in Translation · 2d ago

Zheng Min: One Glance (From Chinese)

One GlanceBy Zheng MinTranslated by A.Z. ForemanRembrandt: Young girl at a half open door What's beautiful are those two shoulders sinkingInto shadows locking the orchard-rich chestOnly the ...
Poems Found in Translation · 4d ago

Sargon Boulus: Du Fu in Exile (From Arabic)

In Arabic, this poet's use of the words manfā "exile" and nakabāt "catastrophes, ordeals" has a very contemporary political undertone to my ear, evoking (but not exactly invoking) the catast...
Poems Found in Translation · 5d ago

Anonymous: "Waiting on Him: A Dunhuang Song" (From Chinese)

A popular song from the mid-Tang dynasty, from a collection recovered in a scroll-cave at Dunhuang. Unlike most Song verse in this genre in the early period (but like most other lyrics in th...
Poems Found in Translation · 1W ago

Wang Guowei: Lyrics to a Forgotten Tune (From Chinese)

Wang Guowei in the early 20th century realizing as he writes in the classical style, that what he's saying doesn't match what he's thinking. The traditional poetry once had a vital social fu...
Poems Found in Translation · 1M ago

Dafydd ap Gwilym: The Ruin (From Welsh)

The RuinBy Dafydd ap GwilymTranslated by A.Z. Foreman Battered hovel  bare-holed you standBetween the moor  and meadowlandThey sorrow who once  saw your primeAs a comely little  cottage of p...
Poems Found in Translation · 1M ago

Gwenallt Jones: Wales (From Welsh)

WalesBy Gwenallt JonesTranslated by A.Z. ForemanWhy give us all this misery? The wrack Of pain on flesh and blood like leaden weight, Your language on our shoulders like a sack,And your trad...
Poems Found in Translation · 1M ago

Waldo Williams: Wales and Welsh (From Welsh)

Wales and WelshBy Waldo WilliamsTranslated by A.Z. Foreman Here are the mountains. One language alone can raise themAnd set them in freedom against a sky of song.Only one pierced the riches ...