Ping-Pong — Lina Kostenko
Found on page 25 of Three Hundred Poems, this is the eighteenth poem and one of the loosest. I decided to let myself go instead of trying to arbitrarily exactly hit the conversational meter of the first part of the poem. The only real patterns in rhyme and meter in this one are towards the end.
Nothing in Particular Happened — Lina Kostenko
The original poem here is so breathtakingly beautiful, and I am so embarrassed by the crimes against rhyme and meter I committed trying to make it fit into English. I am not happy with this, but maybe someday I’ll get it right. This is the sixteenth poem in Kostenko’s Three Hundred Poems, originally untitled and found on page 23.
Out There Are Planets Far Beyond Our View — Lina Kostenko
Flipped to a random page in Kostenko’s Three Hundred Poems yesterday, which turned out to be page 378, and translated this little poem.
How Bitter Is the Wine — Lina Kostenko
Skipping ahead a few pages, here’s the tenth poem in Lina Kostenko’s Three Hundred Poems, originally untitled and found on page 17. I translated most of this on my lunch break at work today, after eating an excellent panini and before meeting a very interesting stranger. Such are the things that happen when one runs out of bread and thus goes to Starbucks instead of having a sad desk lunch.
In Evenings Lit by Dove-Gray Beams — Lina Kostenko
The seventh poem in Three Hundred Poems by Lina Kostenko, pages 12-13. Originally untitled. A long one, a sweet one, a tricky one, one I’m not entirely happy with, one that’s a little looser in some places than I’d like.
Don’t Let Your Wistful Glances Start Explaining — Lina Kostenko
The sixth poem in Three Hundred Poems by Lina Kostenko, page 11. Originally untitled.
And So I’ll Pass Through Your Admiring Purview — Lina Kostenko
The fifth poem in Three Hundred Poems by Lina Kostenko, page 10. Originally untitled.
The Sin of Great and Yet Untimely Bliss — Lina Kostenko
The fourth poem in Three Hundred Poems by Lina Kostenko, page 9. Originally untitled.
With Your Eyes You Said — Lina Kostenko
The third poem in Three Hundred Poems by Lina Kostenko, page 8. Originally untitled.
To Slake My Thirst Upon Your Voice — Lina Kostenko
The second poem in Three Hundred Poems by Lina Kostenko, page 7. Originally untitled.