Marilyn Hacker

(1942 / The Bronx, New York City, New York)

Desesperanto - Poem by Marilyn Hacker

<i>After Joseph Roth</i>

<i>Parce que c'était lui; parce que c'était moi.</i>
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  • Fabrizio Frosini (2/24/2016 8:44:00 AM)

    ''You are a student and a citizen
    of whatever state is transient.
    You are no more or less the resident
    of a hotel than you were of that town
    whose borders were disputed and redrawn.''


    Sei uno studente e un cittadino
    di un qualsiasi stato che sia transitorio.
    Tu non sei che l'ospite di lungo periodo
    di un albergo, così come lo fosti di quella città
    i cui confini furono contestati e ritracciati.
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  • Fabrizio Frosini (2/24/2016 8:44:00 AM)

    BTW [see Wikipedia]:
    Moses Joseph Roth (1894 – 1939) was an Austrian-Jewish journalist and novelist. His best known works are:
    Radetzky March (1932) , a saga about the decline and fall of the Austro-Hungarian Empire;
    Job (1930) , a novel of Jewish life;
    Juden auf Wanderschaft (a seminal essay written in 1927 - translated into English in 'The Wandering Jews') , a fragmented account of the Jewish migrations from eastern to western Europe in the aftermath of World War I and the Russian Revolution.
    A few years ago, publications in English of Radetzky March and of collections of his journalism from Berlin and Paris created a revival of interest in Roth.
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  • Fabrizio Frosini (2/24/2016 8:43:00 AM)

    Roth's novel 'Hotel Savoy' (1924) is set in the Hotel Savoy in Łódź, where lonely war veterans, variety dancers and others dream of better places.
    Herbert Gold reviewed the book for The New York Times in 1987: Like the ceiling of the hotel room, the narration is transparent, revealing a hallucinatory loneliness, a presence out of time, a soul floating in Middle and Eastern Europe. None of this is mere cafe surrealism or angst; one of Roth's achievements is to give a sense of strict accuracy; his story is a laconic scenario, with characters offered like facts. Gold continued: Roth's swift style makes things happen naturally; we see, hear, smell and believe. A joyous storyteller's gift remains precariously alive within the pessimism of decay and loss. Although the teller of the tale says 'there is no end there, no break - always continuity and connection, ' his art is kind and draws us to a satisfying conclusion after the luridness of events.
    (From Wikipedia)
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  • Kim Barney (1/31/2015 6:52:00 PM)

    Fascinating poem. I usually don't like longer poems, but I didn't want this one to end! (Report) Reply

  • (2/10/2006 8:36:00 AM)

    'The widowed afternoon' A superb image.
    An extremely visual and moving piece.
    Thanks again, Marilyn
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