Toward the Eyes of Sirens: Three Poems by Pierre Louÿs Translated from the French by Mike Alexander

In this installment, we’re happy to share three exquisite new translations by Mike Alexander of poems by the lesser-known French Symbolist Pierre Louÿs. The poems are from Pierre Louÿs’ 1891 book, Astarte. He was a friend of Mallarmé, and he is better known today for his novels than for his poetry. We hope you like them as much as we do.

—Claudia Serea and Loren Kleinman

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“The Program in Several Centuries” by Armand Robin Translated from the French by Alfred Nicol

Today, we’re delighted to feature a new translation of the well-known poem by Armand Robin “Le programme en quelques siècles,” translated by the award-winning poet and translator Alfred Nicol. In Nicol’s own words, this exquisite poem is “by far the most well-known of his poems—for good reason, as it makes a profound sociopolitical statement, as relevant to the present as it was to the poet’s own time.”

And remember, in September and beyond: read, share, and spread the word about your favorite works in translation. Now more than ever, it’s important to make your voice heard.

—Claudia Serea and Loren Kleinman

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New Translations of French and Spanish Poetry By Hélène Cardona

We’re delighted to share with you today these new gems translated from the French and Spanish by the accomplished Hélène Cardona. And we’d love to hear from you! Let us know how you like our posts, or attend, share, and spread the word about our readings. Open your heart to new experiences and the beauty of the world, and celebrate its cultures and new voices with us using #NTM2017. Happy National Translation Month!

—Claudia Serea and Loren Kleinman

Click HERE to read New Translations of French and Spanish Poetry By Hélène Cardona

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