This part of our web site highlights Wesleyan University Press’s small and important list of modernist poetry in translation. In 1972, the press published An Anthology of Twentieth-Century Brazilian Poetry, edited by Elizabeth Bishop and Emanuel Brasil. In recent years, the press has published or re-issued a number of new translations of classic modernist works from French, Italian, German, Spanish and other languages. These translations bring important texts into English, sometimes for the first time, sometimes in new forms, prompting appreciation and often reconsideration of the originals. The poems presented here, en face when possible, along with excerpts from essays by the translators, invite us to consider translation as more than a linguistic operation to be evaluated in terms of accuracy or lack thereof, but also as a cultural activity of historical and artistic significance. Click on the book covers below to learn more about the poets, translators, and books in Wesleyan ‘s collection.


Guillaume Apollinaire Alcools translated by Donald Revell Guillaume Apollinaire The Self-Dismembered Man translated by Donald Revell
Charles Baudelaire Flowers of Evil translated by Keith Waldrop Paris Spleen Charles Baudelaire Paris Spleen translated by Keith Waldrop
Anthology of 20th Century Brazilian Poetry ed. by Elizabeth Bishop and Emanuel Brasil Selected Poetry Joõo Cabral de Melo Neto Selected Poetry, 1937-1990 translated by Djelal Kadir
Altazor  Vicente Huidobro Altazor translated by Eliot Weinberger Notebook of a Return to the Native Land
Aimé Cesaire; tr. Clayton Eshleman and Annette Smith
Cesar Vallejo, tr. Clayton Eshleman
Edmond Jabès The Book of Questions Translated by Rosmarie Waldrop
Lavish Absence: Recalling and Rereading Edmond Jabès
Rosmarie Waldrop; Richard Stamelman, fwd.
Times Alone: Selected Poems of Antonio Machado
translated by Robert Bly
Breath: Poems and Letters
Antonia Pozzi; Lawrence Venuti, ed.; Lawrence Venuti, trs.
Victor Segglen; tr. Timothy Billins and Christopher Bush; Haun Saussy, fwd.
Because the Sea is Black
Blaga Dimitrova; tr. Heather McHugh and Nkolais Boris
Collected Poems Collected Poems featuring translations of Pablo Neruda, Georg Trakl, and César Vallejo
James Wright
Sonnets to Orpheus
Rainer Maria Rilke, tr. David Young
Odes and Elegies
Friedrich Hölderlin; tr.Nick Hoff
Chimeras in the Tower: Selected Poems Henrikas Radauskas
tr. Jonas Zdanys
Mirroring: Selected Poems of Vladimir Holan
tr. CG Hanzlicek and Dana Habova