Baltasar de Alcázar (1530−1606) is one of the few poets of his day who consistently allowed himself to be funny. He is sometimes called the “gastronomic poet” because he often wrote about food and drink. Here is my translation of his most famous poem, “Tres Cosas” (Three Things). The translation was originally published in the Raintown Review and later reprinted in Per Contra.
Gabriela Mistral (1889−1957) was a Chilean poet, diplomat and educator. She won the Nobel Prize in 1945, the only Latin American woman to have done so. She wrote frequently about children and parenthood, although she had no children of her own. Her work includes many lullabies, of which this translation is one. The translation originally appeared in String Poet.
This is a little-known, funny poem by Baltasar de Alcázar (1530−1606) about the danger of rhyming. If anyone else has translated the poem before me, or even taken much notice of it in Spanish, I have yet to discover evidence on the Internet. Of course, it was even more essential than usual that the translation be a rhyming one, given that rhyme itself is the subject of the poem. My thanks to Bill Thompson for publishing this in the Alabama Literary Review (2012).
Although it may seem quixotic to translate a poem by Miguel de Cervantes, I couldn’t resist tilting at windmills for this short lyric, “I Look for Life in Death.” The translation originally appeared in Leviathan Quarterly and was later included in Poems for a Liminal Age, an anthology in support of Médecins Sans Frontières.