Imago lacus

The picture above was taken by a dear friend, the American poet Debra Kang Dean (please do not use it without permission). I met Debra three years before, when I went to Walden to work with his late husband Brad, a great Thoreau scholar. Once we spent hours tracking this quotation: "Some men go fishing all their lives without ever realizing it's not fish they are after." We concluded that Thoreau never wrote it, but si non è vero...

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Simic’s melon

There was a melon fresh from the garden
So ripe the knife slurped
[…]
          Charles Simic

Baratzeko meloia
hartu berria
hain zen heldua
labanari adurra zeriola
zabaltzean entzun izanagatik.

Ese melón del huerto
tan fresco y tan maduro
que salivó el cuchillo
al abrirlo.

Basque & Spanish translations courtesy of a conversation with Ana Gorría & Hasier Larretxea.

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