Poems, Imitations & Translations


31 Days (2009)

[Metropolis: The Tower of Babel (1927)]

“[J. G. ] Ballard's influence was seminal and it was profound.
We were soon publishing his first ‘concentrated novels’ …"
- Michael Moorcock, ed. New Worlds: An Anthology
(London: Flamingo, 1983): 18.

31 Texts:

  1. François Villon, “Ballade à s’amie
  2. Heinrich von Kleist, from Die Marquise von O
  3. Jorge Luis Borges, “El puñal
  4. Victor Hugo, from Les Misérables
  5. Karl Kraus, from Aphorismen
  6. Garcilaso de la Vega, “Soneto XXXVII
  7. Guillaume Apollinaire, from L'Hérésiarque & Cie
  8. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, “Gefunden
  9. Benito Pérez Galdós, from Fortunata y Jacinta
  10. Pierre de Marivaux, from Le Legs
  11. Arthur Schopenhauer, from Aphorismen
  12. José Lezama Lima, “Retrato de Don Francisco de Quevedo
  13. François-René de Chateaubriand, from Mémoires d'Outre-Tombe
  14. Rainer Maria Rilke, from Duino Elegies 1
  15. Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, from El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha
  16. Arthur Rimbaud, “Ô saisons ô châteaux
  17. Friedrich Heinrich Karl de la Motte Fouqué, from Undine
  18. D. F. Sarmiento, from Facundo: Civilización y Barbarie en Las Pampas Argentinas
  19. Voltaire, from Abrégé de l'Histoire Universelle depuis Charlemagne jusques à Charlequint
  20. Heinrich Heine, “Orpheisch
  21. Augusto Roa Bastos, from "La Excavacion
  22. Gérard de Nerval, “El Desdichado
  23. Franz Kafka, from "Josefine, die Sängerin oder Das Volk der Mäuse"
  24. Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, from Respuesta a Sor Filotea de la Cruz
  25. Georges Perec, from La Disparition
  26. Jakob & Wilhelm Grimm, fromDer Froschkönig oder der eiserne Heinrich
  27. Leopoldo Lugones, “Historia de mi muerte
  28. Vincent Voiture, “Pour vos beaux yeux et vostre beau visage
  29. Theodor Fontane, from Vor dem Sturm
  30. Octavio Paz, fromLa verdad contra el Compromiso
  31. Jackson Wills, “Jackson's Assignment

"Mit der Dummheit kämpfen Götter selbst vergebens"
[Against stupidity the gods themselves contend in vain]
– Friedrich von Schiller

[Bruegel the Elder: The Tower of Babel (1525)]


swan said...

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Jack Ross said...

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swan said...

Thank you for checking out my work. I want more than anything to be a published writer, to let tales spring wild and free from my inner universe... reminding my fellow humans to dream ever clearer and more wild! Peace!