Monthly Archives: February 2012

“There: An Epistle,” by Andrew Feld

And when I passed and drove away from there, The line of motorcycles in my rearview mirror Veered off the interstate in a smooth arc Distance streamlined the differences off of, as their dark Levis and leathers blacked out their pale skins And then their streaming numbers swallowed them. So the helmetless outlaw with the […]

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Sergei Dovlatov

There’s a classic storyline that goes like this: a poor boy peeks through a chink in a wall on a nobleman’s estate. He sees the nobleman’s little boy riding a pony. From that moment on, his life is given over to one end—to get rich. He can no longer return to his former life. His […]

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New Translations of Georg Trakl

Rilke said that for him a Trakl poem is “an object of sublime existence” and Heidegger considered him to have achieved a true poetry of unmediated being. Ludwig von Ficker, publisher of what Karl Kraus called the only honest periodical in Austria, arranged for Wittgenstein to support him with an anonymous stipend. Yet despite his […]

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