By Attila József
Award-winning translator Peter Hargitai celebrates a hundred years of Attila József (1905–1937) during this new choice of a hundred poems. His prior choice, Perched On Nothing's department (1986), loved a amazing run of 5 variants and gained for him the Academy of yank Poets' Landon Translation Award. His translation of Attila József is indexed one of the international classics mentioned by means of Harold Bloom within the Western Canon.
Praise for Peter Hargitai's translation of Attila József:
""These grim, sour, iron-cold poems emerge technically powerful, spare and genuine in English, and they're admirably modern in syntax."" —MAY SWENSON
in quotation for the Academy of yank Poets
""A wealthy nuanced translation by way of Peter Hargitai. those poems are ageless, mirroring the human stipulations and focusing in humankind's existential loneliness."" —MAXINE KUMIN
""I have lengthy considered Attila József as one of many nice poets of the century, a sad realist whose paintings fantastically redeemed the insufferable stipulations of the lifestyles to which historical past condemned him. those new translations via Peter Hargitai can be welcomed by means of József's admirers and may definitely upload to their number."" —DONALD JUSTICE
""[Other] translations of József's paintings are stiff and educational, while Peter Hargitai's models are colloquial and emotionally charged because the originals. studying them one lapses into the silence that attends the reception of all nice poetry."" —DAVID KIRBY"
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One is strapped to a pallet — ready for take-off? 3 In the currency market, I’m the judge 39 of a talent show or beauty pageant in which the contestants are moments of my life. None is good enough to keep 40 Poem Now our bodies are two scoops of ice cream beginning to melt. “Now” can’t begin. • You are not asleep now. Now does not exist when you’re asleep. ” I can turn over in my sleep. I can dream. • Now is when you can choose to do something. Then which comes now, doing or choosing? • Skirting the edge of what can, could have been meant 41 Alignment She knew it was a bad idea to ask how he was doing, or to tell him how she was, but she could draw him out on the logical flaws in a film they had both disliked.
My username is invalid. • Pain concentrates: a continuous signal that consumes the receiver. • The belief that nature is God’s speech: small tomato cysts appear on shingle twigs under bow-tie leaves. ” one asks and both laugh loudly. 48 Loop Curled up in bed, I’m young in the old way. • One continuous stroke without lifting the pen as if “stem, tendril, stem, tendril” were the words of a commandment. ” 2 Watching bombs fall on Syria, we feel serious, occupied, not preoccupied as we were previously.
Blue glittering fruit, as if frost might be our guest. Countless small white bulbs behind cutout crystals. • The persistence of desire in mind after desire has or hasn’t been fulfilled: the “other world” 51 Pl ace Mark Shiva arms of the potato vine so eager to unleash this bloom they can spare only a few dark leaves. • Tip of the thrust only, like a distant spark chipped off and marking space. • “I feel it,” I said and you came.
Attila József Selected Poems by Attila József