Wednesday, March 14, 2012

The Greek Blue Elephant

At the March 13th luncheon of the Center for the Art of Translation, the very likeable Peter Constantine, one of the editors of a big new anthology, THE GREEK POETS, Homer to the Present, gave a very clear presentation, with samples of Greek poetry with their translations.  He made me wish that I knew Greek.  The anthology includes over 1,000 poems by nearly 200 poets, translated by the likes of Anne Carson, Robert Fagles, W.S. Merwin, Ezra Pound, etc.  Angelos Sakkis, local poet/translator, was there, and handed me a sheet about a book translated by the friend who was with him, Thanasis Maskaleris:  The Terrestrial Gospel of Nikoa Kazantzakis, or  Peter Constantine was kind enough to comply when I asked him to write "Blue Elephant" in Greek:

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