Category Archives: poetry

Mary Kinzie’s Translation Notes on Rilke’s “Herbsttag”: Published by the Poetry Foundation

Poetry magazine : Published by the Poetry Foundation.

Her choice to translate “es ist Zeit. / Leg deinen Schatten auf die Sonnenuhren” to “it is time / to let your shadow lengthen on the sundials” demonstrates a digested control over her understanding of the poem, compared to Stephen Mitchell’s (masterful) translation of the same line to “it is time / Now overlap the sundials with your shadows”

I gather that she had a decided focus on the sonnet form and the metrical space of the poem that determined much of her choices and inventions in this refreshing translation.

Perhaps it’s time to change the blog title?

See her translation as published by The Poetry Foundation

Broken Promises by David Kirby : The Poetry Foundation

Louisiana-born poet David Kirby

Broken Promises by David Kirby : The Poetry Foundation.

Stop the Milk / Poetry Off the Shelf : The Poetry Foundation

Stop the Milk / Poetry Off the Shelf : The Poetry Foundation.

I wish I had Black Aperature  by Matt Rasmussen! What a brilliant poem. You can hear the years of honing and revising in this poem. You can hear the beauty and control in the work that’s been 10 years in the making.