poetry1
newbook
Translation
Creative Nonfiction
Criticism
fiction-criticism1
Editing
Awards/Events/Contact
Poem of the Month
Photo Gallery
home-page1

 

 

italianchinesegerman czechspanish

The art of translation is useful to a poet because it calls for the practice of the craft in the absence of inspiration for one’s own work.

It is also, in David Young’s view, a way for a poet to carry on a giant conversation with poets of other languages, times, and places.

“When I translate,” says Young, “I inhabit the other poet’s world, however briefly, and sometimes sense that I am tracking the creative process that brought the original poem into being.”

threshold

Paul Celan was, by common consent, among the most important poets of the twentieth century. In the second half of that century, he has no rivals, not least because of his surviving the Holocaust and then confronting it through his art. His 1959 collection, Sprachgitter, stands at the very center of his achievement, and it is here presented in its entirety, for the first time in English, by the noted translator David Young, along with a helpful introduction. Even the title of this collection is diffcult to render in translation, but Young’s choice, Language Behind Bars, reflects Celan’s sense of his diffculty, as a Jew living in France, writing in the language of the enemy and trying to reconstitute and resurrect its potential for poetry in the light of its corruption by the Nazis. Readers will value having the German texts on facing pages, in a continuous dialogue with David Young’s searching and scrupulous versions of these diffcult, masterly lyrics.

rule

threshold

David Young’s translation of Paul Celan’s volume,
Von Schwelle zu Schwelle (1952) is now available from
Marick Press.

Link to Merick Press

rule




David Young's DU FU: A LIFE IN POETRY was
published by Knopf in early November, 2008.
Below is a link to a radio interview in which he
discusses the book with Eric Tomb:

Click here for radio interview
• Click here for the NPR review of David Young's DU FU •
Click here for Poetry Daily
rule
Click here for Front Porch 10 review
rule
Languages: ItalianChineseGermanCzechSpanish