Richard Sieburth is a Professor of French, English, and Comparative Literature at NYU. His most recent translation is of Louise Labé’s Love Sonnets and Elegies.
 (December 2016)


The Diver

Then there was the time
I tried to learn to swim
in a deep lake,
but once in,
shot straight
to the floor,
out of sight, out of mind,
a good hour or more.


Nor Ulysses, nor any craftier man, At the sight of your O so godly face, So full of honor & respect & grace, Could have predicted what a wreck I am. Love, your eyes drove through me like a blade, Piercing my startled …