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Variations on Anne
Eftychia Panayiotou on translating Anne Carson’s ‘The Beauty of the Husband’ into Modern Greek
If the poem is an enigma. If the poem does not offer a solution. If the solution does exist and someone calls out that you must find it. If that someone is y
Sappho the Housewife
'She besieges her apartment from within / Aiming at a window with a view / Living among the potted plants on the veranda'
Death of the Birch-tree
'Lean is the dull steel flashed white in the sun / Like a sudden lifting of the white-leaved abele, / Flushed from the raw thongs of the birch-tree / The white wood flies through the mists of morning.'
'My mordant friend told me the story of / the woman he loved in youth in Oxford /who had, he said, "a hospitable cunt".'
'One hundred years ago young Ezra writes / from Kensington to Miss Alice Kenny'
'Tucked among books, look, a long-ago letter, / long ago lost, thanks me for poems – for one / especially in which she’s named.'
'The bus-boys at the Aqua Grill are whistling / Sweet Susie ... Oh Susie Q ... Oh I love you / and I wonder, how do they know my name?'
by Pedro Lenz, translated by Donal McLaughlin
'When the schoolgirl / in the Domino Tea Room / suddenly started sobbing, / an old woman, / none of whose business it was, / said not to take things so much to heart.'
Self-Portrait as a White Lady
by Marion Poschmann, translated by Iain Galbraith
'wayward, thin-walled, aloof: / I began to appear, bitterly / striving for the impossible body / a huge hole in the hollow of the bus stop, an interior / stadium'
The Importance of Being Father
'Body-in-womb / A babe in arms, / it couldn’t be; / hardly a thing'
A Teenager in the Home
'and they've run the path to our red door / where there's a ghost at the threshold'