Posts tagged ‘brooks haxton’

Saturday, 9 February 2019

Fragment 44: War by Heraclitus

War, as father
of all things, and king,
names few
to serve as gods,
and of the rest makes
these men slaves,
those free.

From: Heraclitus and Haxton, Brooks (transl.), Fragments: The Collected Wisdom of Heraclitus, 2001, Viking: New York, p. 44.
(https://books.google.com.au/books?id=bVxk39znNwIC)

Date: 6th century BCE (original in Greek); 2001 (translation in English)

By: Heraclitus (c535 BCE-c475 BCE)

Translated by: Brooks Haxton (1950- )

Thursday, 5 April 2018

Journal of Dr. Beaurieux by Brooks Haxton

Witness to an execution by guillotine, June 28, 1905

After the blade dropped, and the eyelids twitched,
the spasms tugging at the lips went calm,
and when I called out to the head, “Languille!”
the eyelids lifted up, this time, I swear,
in a distinctly normal movement, slow,
as if awakening, or torn from thought.
With pupils focusing themselves, the eyes
looked sharp, not like a dying man’s, not vague,
and when the lids went shut, I called again,
“Languille!” and again, without a twitch,
they lifted, and the eyes looked into mine.

From: Haxton, Brooks, “Journal of Dr. Beaurieux” in VQR, Spring 2015, Volume 91, No. 2.
(http://www.vqronline.org/poetry/2015/04/journal-dr-beaurieux

Date: 2015

By: Brooks Haxton (1950- )

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Charon by Zonas

You who pull the oars, who meet the dead,
who leave them at the other bank, and glide
across the reedy marsh, please take
my boy’s hand as he climbs into the dark hull.
Look. The sandals trip him, and you see,
he is afraid to step there barefoot.

From: https://www.theatlantic.com/past/docs/unbound/poetry/antholog/haxton/greek.htm

Date: 1st century BCE (original in Greek); 1998 (translation in English)

By: Zonas (1st century BCE)

Translated by: Brooks Haxton (1950- )