Yesterday, yareah magazine knew David Cooke’s work. He is a poet, a reviewer and a translator. Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926) has been one of his favorite poets and he has done a great job translating this excellent Czech author. Translating a poem is not rewritten it in another language? Yes, that is why only a poet can successful translate other poet.
Yareah magazine, fed up with 2011, wishes a great 2012. Maybe is good to start with a smart poet as Rilke, maybe him can hide so many horrible economic data and his verses (like the movements of a swan, like the walking of a panther) to raise us to other worlds: those of the imagination. Yes, maybe Rilke is the poet to emerge from this crisis.
1. The Panther
His weary gaze has slipped so often
through these bars it now takes nothing in.
For him it’s as if there were a thousand bars,
and then beyond them no other sphere.
The muscular rhythm of his stride
that shrinks in ever-decreasing circles
is like some vacant dance of power
whose wilful energies subside.
At times his shuttered eyes flick open
to let an image in, his sinews tight,
as recognition stirs, then ceases,
in his heart’s exhausted chambers.
2. The Swan
Making our way laboriously through lists
of things to do, complexities that ensnare us,
we are like the shambling swan –
until, dying, we lose all purchase
on terra firma, slipping away like the swan,
as he settles, at first uncertainly,
into the water that buoys him,
and flows on blithely in endless ripples,
while he, so still and self-assured
in the achievement
of majesty, deigns to drift,
untrammelled, where the current takes him.
Bio: David Cooke won a Gregory Award in 1977 and published Brueghel’s Dancers in 1984. He stopped writing for twenty years. A retrospective collection, In the Distance, was published this year and has been warmly received. A new collection, Work Horses, will be forthcoming in 2012. His poems and reviews and translations have been accepted widely in journals such as Agenda, The Bow Wow Shop, Critical Quarterly, The French Literary Review, The Interpreter’s House, Irish Press, The London Magazine, The North, Orbis, Poetry Ireland Review, Poetry London, Poetry Salzburg Review, The Reader, The SHOp, Stand, The Use of English.
Bio: Eleanor Leonne Bennett is a 15 year old photographer and artist who has won contests with National Geographic,The Woodland Trust, The World Photography Organisation, Winstons Wish, Papworth Trust, Mencap, Big Issue, Wrexham science , Fennel and Fern and Nature’s Best Photography.