Poems in Translation

I was devoted to blue.
But when I met the grey of Copenhagen,
I consecrated myself to the priesthood of its tones.
from At Kierkegaard’s tomb by Enrique Moya

When I was living in Budapest, I used to go to Vienna every couple of months to join in the Labyrinth Poetry evenings at Cafe Kafka. They were great evenings, dishing up an international mix of voices mostly writing in, or translating to, English.

A couple of the poets I met there – Enrique Moya and Nathan Horowitz – have just had their work published in the online literary magazine Qarrtsiluni.

Originally written by Enrique in Spanish, Nathan – a great poet himself – has done the English translations. The poems are about Scandinavia – and I love the opening lines from At Kierkegaard’s tomb(posted above). He expresses very well the experience of going from a hot, sunny climate to a cold, grey, dull one and as an artist – in this case a poet – seeking to see more colour in the grey.

I wrote a line that expresses a similar sentiment in a poem posted here.

When you visit Qarrtsiluni to read Enrique’s poems, you can also listen to a podcast of Enrique and Nathan reading the poems in Spanish and English.


Life is an amazing journey. http://www.alisonamazed.wordpress.com http://www.alisonboston.wordpress.com

Tagged with: , , , , , ,
Posted in Poems, PostADay2011, River of Stones
One comment on “Poems in Translation
  1. […] may remember I posted a few days ago about Enrique Moya and Nathan Horowitz – poets from my visits to Vienna’s Cafe Kaftka Labyrinth Poetry Events. Hillary is […]

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

  • Supper on the Fly
    Meal planning is my weakness. I’m proud that I planned this meal far enough in advance to take the home made baked beans out of the freezer to defrost. Did that this morning.  Wanted them to add to yesterday’s left-overs:…Read more ›
  • Today’s Lunch
    Last minute choice! Salmon and chopped egg with garlic scapes and chives, piled on slices of crispy light and dark rye toast slathered with melted butter!! Yum yum. For the salmon spread mix together: 1 diced garlic scape with 1…Read more ›
  • Three Sisters Chili 
    This chilli was a big suprise! I’d never had a squash chili, though after reading recipes with squash and beans, and looking at mouth-watering pictures, I had to try it. The result is a slightly nutty, almost parmesan taste! Ingredients…Read more ›
%d bloggers like this: