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PBS Autumn Translation Choice: Poems by Propertius
We're over the moon that the Autumn Selections from the Poetry Book Society this year include Poems by Sextus Propertius , translated by Patrick Worsnip as their Translation Choice. read more
Robert Minhinnick Wins Wales Book of the Year!
We are overjoyed to share the news that Robert Minhinnick has been awarded the Roland Mathias Poetry Prize, and has been crowned winner of the 2018 Wales Book of the Year Award! read more
Forward Prizes Shortlists Announced
We're over the moon at this year's Forward Prizes shortlists, because Carcanet or PN Review appears in each category! read more
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Poem of the Day
from Richard Wagner: A disputed portrait br Nadar Jeune
No props - for once we have you unstaged, idealTaken from 'Inner Voices'...
genius at forty without
wadded-silk dressing-gown, wine-velvet beret,
a villa filled with idols.
You stare off-camera at - what? Here at least
there is more than meets the ear
cocked, this moment, for Frau Wesendonck's praises
and for Cosima's prayers -
so much more ardent, at sixteen, than Minna's:
a few infidelities
will bring far less sorrow than the long-drawn-out
disloyalty of desire.
What we see is what we dream you must have been,
boldly readying yourself
for what Baudelaire called the greatest honor
a poet can have: to do
no more and no less that what he intended...
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