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. Nice & cold down there as I …


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 …