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Thursday, 29 May 2014

You Were My Death by Paul Celan (Anczel)

You were my death:
you I could hold
when all fell away from me.


Date: 1968 (original); 1972 (translated)

By: Paul Celan (Anczel) (1920-1970)

Translated by: Michael Peter Leopold Hamburger (1924-2007) and Christopher Middleton (1926- )

Monday, 26 May 2014

Ave Atque Vale by Michael Peter Leopold Hamburger

Moments remain, the sculpted, painted, drawn
Split second millennia long,
Current word silenced, ambered into song
Where nothing can change, no bee molest these petals
Which, met, undo me, leave me unborn or dead,
Unable to compare,
Let hand, make memory meddle.
Momentous did they seem? Not now, so still.
They are, are, are, are, are, the things I see
And will be when they’re lost, obliterated,
The model passed away,
On this old empty vase glazed patterns dance,
Above it fixed wings beat, the migrants’ flight.

Good morning, present, absent ones, good night.


Date: 2004

By: Michael Peter Leopold Hamburger (1924-2007)

Sunday, 25 May 2014

Autopsychography by Fernando António Nogueira Pessoa

(Poets feign and conceal
So completely feign and pretend
That the pain which they really feel
They’ll feign for you in the end

And he who reads what they’ve done
Never senses the twofold pain
That’s in them, only the one
Which they never feel but feign

And so, to amuse our minds
Round again to the start
On its circular railway winds
That toy train called the heart.)


Date: 1931 (original), 1969 (translation)

By: Fernando António Nogueira Pessoa (1888-1935)

Translated by: Michael Peter Leopold Hamburger (1924-2007)