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Joshua Mehigan
Brooklyn, New York
Joshua Mehigan's second book, Accepting the Disaster, is forthcoming from Farrar, Straus and Giroux in 2014.
Interests: poetry, writing, movies, music, history, science, ideas
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Introduction Today’s entry, along with yesterday’s, constitute a two-part post on contemporary verse translation, featuring the insights of 19 translators who have generously contributed their answers to my very basic questions on the subject. Please note: The responses for today’s post were long enough to require that I continue all the answers in separate PDF files linked from the end of each contributors' section. In other words, please click READ MORE in order to access all the best material. These posts are meant as a somewhat casual practical guide for Anglophone readers of non-Anglophone poetry, especially readers who don’t know... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2013 at The Best American Poetry
Introduction The entries for today and tomorrow constitute a two-part post on contemporary verse translation, featuring the insights of 19 translators who have generously contributed their answers to my frustratingly broad questions about the subject. Many thanks to Geoffrey Brock, Bill Coyle, Dick Davis, Rhina Espaillat, David Ferry, Christophe Fricker, Jonathan Galassi, Rachel Hadas, Len Krisak, David Lehman, Charles Martin, Robert Mezey, Michael Palma, Rowan Ricardo Phillips, Nathaniel Rudavsky-Brody, Roger Sedarat, Alicia Stallings, Rimas Uzgiris, and Philip White. (See below for contributors’ notes.) These posts are meant as a somewhat casual practical guide for Anglophone readers of non-Anglophone poetry, especially... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2013 at The Best American Poetry
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Not long ago, collecting poetry aphorisms for an essay, I visited Google’s main search page, put the cursor in the box, and typed poetry is Google helpfully suggested a number of common search strings that begin with those two eternally vexed words. The first of these was poetry is dead There are a number of possible reactions to this, including no reaction. My reaction was what might be called resigned laughter, really more of a plosive bilabial fricative in tandem with a backwards jerk of the head. The set-up was that I know, and know as fact, that poetry is... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2013 at The Best American Poetry
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Poets nowadays have their own sort of fame. That is, they are famous and not famous. The celebrated poet’s work may affect thousands, tens of thousands, or in extremely rare cases hundreds of thousands of readers. The poet gets fan mail and maintains a private e-mail address, and from time to time may reach the acme of American public ambition by appearing on television, but at the end of NewsHour. The poet may receive an appointment that promises an upper-middle-class lifestyle and, reaching a certain age, may win a five- or six-figure award. Strangers, even non-literary types, will be impressed,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2013 at The Best American Poetry
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Our century’s latest answer to parlor games like Twenty Questions and Snapdragon is the short recreative list. Probably by now it’s safe to say that everyone is at least familiar with this strange little diversion. Probably it’s also safe to say that most people have received, now and then, a casual invitation to make some kind of list, and that many of them have gone ahead and actually spent time putting one together. I won’t deny that I am one of those people. A game of Snapdragon. What happens in this apparently lighthearted pursuit is that a person is given... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2013 at The Best American Poetry
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