Translating poetry: how can meaning be preserved?

I'm so enamored with Sebald that I got a book of his poetry, Across the Land and the Water (from the library, just in case it turns out I'm not a poetry kind of guy.) I've not read much of any poetry, by anyone,  but Sebald's writing is just so damn poetic anyway, I figured …

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Story vault

I've started posting my old stories on Wattpad, so they can have a home. I've posted 3 so far, and will continue to post them every few days until I've posted every story I'm not ashamed of. I expect there should be 20 or so, maybe more. Most of them will probably go through some …

The Castle, by Franz Kafka

This is the first writing by Kafka I've read that I haven't been impressed by. And unlike the Trial, when they say it is unfinished, they really mean unfinished, like it cuts off in the middle of a sentence. I don't understand why this was published, or why people continue to read it today. The …

Submitted…. try not to think about it

I sent The Observer on it's first journey to an agency. They give a 12 week window for response. So, now to try not to think about it for the next months... Rejections are easier and easier to deal with, it's the waiting that is hard. Because the longer they take, the more hopeful you …

What pad?

As some of you may know, I write short stories. I've got quite a few that no one has read, and they just sit around doing nothing. So, I've decided to start posting some of them somewhere they might actually get read. Maybe... Wattpad is a social writing site? Or something? All the youth are …

Amaranthine logophilia

I'm still flipping slowly through the dictionary, and am still, as you see, in the A's. I came across another one I like quite a bit, and will probably use: Amaranth: A flower that never fades, Which leads to Amaranthine: Undying. Those words are both ear-catching. I love the shape and sound of them. Words …

The first day

A brand new year! Feels just like the last one, doesn't it? That's because the difference is completely arbitrary! So keep doing what you're doing, keep working toward your dream, and don't give up because you didn't make some fictitious deadline. Write on!