... reading my translations on this blog, please consider buying a copy of my book, A Crown of Violets: Selected Poems of Renée Vivien from Headmistress Press or Amazon! Renée Vivien (born Pauline Mary Tarn, 1877-1909) was one of the first "out" lesbian poets of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. This volume makes some of her … Continue reading If you enjoy …
here is a fugitive translation of Renée Vivien that never made it into my book! The Fairy Promise The night wind blew their singing through the oak, And it brought me the promise of the Fairy folk … In their most gentle words, the fairies swore To be my faithful friends forevermore. But never bind … Continue reading In the spirit of Halloween …
The backlog continues ... here is a translation from the French of Clément Marot (1497-1544), who composed this occasional poem to Marguerite of Navarre (1492-1549; yes, the Marguerite, princess of France, Queen of Navarre, Duchess of Alençon and Berry, and author of the Heptaméron!) in the happy, halcyon days before FICO credit scores. Reply to the Queen of … Continue reading A Renaissance Poem in Translation
As an antidote to the previous translation, here is a lyric composed by an anonymous trouvère and voiced by a woman: My lover and I, in a wood near Bethune, spent all Tuesday night by the light of the moon, playing until daylight dawned, and the lark began his song: “My love, it’s time to … Continue reading Anon was a woman
I have a backlog of translations that I think are unlikely — for various reasons, having very little to do with their quality — to find a publisher. (If anyone knows of a journal or press that might consider formalist translations of poets who perished prior to 1917 ... please let me know!) For lack … Continue reading Anti-Translation?
Here is a list of published volumes by contemporary lesbian, bi+, and trans women and non-binary poets who are writing today. Obviously this list is Anglophone-centric and informed by the volumes inhabiting my bookshelves ... If you would like to be added or removed, please let me know! Note: One anthology that everyone should read … Continue reading LBT+ Women & Non-Binary Poets
The new edition of A Crown of Violets is now available through Headmistress Press and Amazon! It incorporates new translations — this time, together with their originals! — that were not included in the previous volume. Renée Vivien (née Pauline Mary Tarn, 1877-1909) was one of the first "out" lesbian writers of modern Western Europe, and probably … Continue reading Renée Vivien is coming out today!