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