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Here are some poems in translation that I’ve enjoyed. I hasten to point out that I’m not the translator. Well – I did translate a few of them. But mostly I’ve let other people do the work.

In one case you’ll see there’s no translation, but two poems in French and English that answer each other.

Arthur Rimbaud



Nicolas Boileau

Épître II (extrait)

Honoré Daumier, The grand staircase at the courthouse.

Pablo Neruda

Oda al gato

Paris, 1947 (Édouard Boubat)

Gaston Miron

La braise et l’humus

GASTON MIRON - © photo: Antoine-Désilets
Photo: Antoine Desilets

Rainer Maria Rilke


Philippe Jaccottet

Les distances

Josef Sudek-Night Walk-Prague
Josef Sudek. Night walk -- Prague.

Stéphane Mallarmé

Le tombeau d’Edgar Poe

Edgar-Allan Poe
Edgar Allan Poe, circa 1849

Theodore Roethke and Robert Desnos

Two poems about bats

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