Category Archives: translations

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New from Free Poetry in Boise: “The Marrying of Hérodiade” by Stéphane Mallarmé


New from Free Poetry in Boise, Idaho: a selection of scenes and fragments from the unfinished mystery play “Les noces d’Hérodiade” by Stéphane Mallarmé.  31pp A5.  All booklets in the Free Poetry series are issued free of charge and without copyright, and the editor encourages the reproduction of this chapbook and its free distribution ad infinitum.

I’ve run out of copies from the batch I took home from Idaho, but will post here soon with details of how to obtain the booklet in UK/Europe.  Enquiries in North America and elsewhere should be sent to Martin Corless-Smith, mcsmith {at} boisestate {d0t} edu

Many thanks to Martin, and to Colin Johnson for the great (and difficult) typesetting job.

“The Retreat” by Paul van Ostaijen

Maybe ten years ago, I took part in an attempt (organised by Karlien van den Beukel) to make a group translation of the book Bezette Stad, by the Belgian poet Paul van Ostaijen.  I just found the section I translated, “The Retreat” (“De Aftocht”).  I don’t know Flemish at all, and was working from bilingual dictionaries, two years of school German and a lot of help from Karlien.  The original typography is much more complex and multi-directional — I only gestured at it, hoping someone would be able to reset the poem later.

Here’s my pdf of “The Retreat”

and here’s a link to a set of page scans of Bezette Stad (“De Aftocht” starts on p. 135).