Monday, December 17, 2012

Can poems be translated?

Arseny Tarkovsky, the great Russian poet, insisted that they cannot. "Arseny Tarkovsky was one who declared that poetry is not translatable whatsoever," said my new friend, Irina, upon introducing me to his work in English translation. And, of course, he was right. I met Irina at a program of Christmas music only last Saturday afternoon. And already she is enriching my life, so that I want to share with her my poem on translators and what they do.

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