Modern Poetry in Translation Third Series–Number Eight
Getting it Across
We fished up the Atlantic cable betweeen Barbados and Tortuga, held up our lanterns and patched over the gash on its back, fifteen degrees north and sixty-one west. When we put our ears to the gnawed part we heard the murmuring of the cable. One of us said: ‘It’s the millionaires in Montreal and St John’s discussing the price of Cuban sugar and the lowering of our wages.’
We stood there long, thinking, in a lantern circle, we patient cable-fishers, then lowered the mended cable back to its place in the sea.
(Harry Martinson , trans. Robin Fulton)
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Also in this issue: Jenny Joseph, Annemarie Austin, Bernardo Atxaga and Robert Walser.
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