Charles Reznikoff, Jiři Orten, François Cheng, Libuše Moníková, Gisela von Arnim, Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, Adam Kuckhoff

De Amerikaanse dichter Charles Reznikoff werd op 30 augustus 1894 in New York geboren. Zie ook mijn blog van 30 augustus 2010 en alle tags voor Charles Reznikoff op dit blog.

Uit: Jerusalem the Golden

 

The Hebrew of

The Hebrew of your poets, Zion,
is like oil upon a burn,
cool as oil;
after work,
the smell in the street at night
of the hedge in flower.
Like Solomon,
I have married and married the speech of strangers;
none are like you, Shulamite.

 

Hellenist

As I, barbarian, at last, although slowly, could read Greek,
at “blue-eyed Athena”
I greeted her picture that had long been on the wall:
the head slightly bent forward under the heavy helmet,
as if to listen; the beautiful lips slightly scornful.

 

The moon shines

The moon shines in the summer night;
now I begin to understand the Hebrews
who could forget the Lord, throw kisses at the moon,
until the archers came against Israel
and bronze chariots from the north
rolled into the cities of Judah and the streets of Jerusalem.
What then must happen, you Jeremiahs,
to me who look at moon and stars and trees?

 
Charles Reznikoff (30 augustus 1894 – 22 januari 1976)

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