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John Ashbery reads from his translation of Rimbaud at the New School

By Harriet Staff

Via The Best American Poetry, John Ashbery reads his translation of Arthur Rimbaud’s “Promontory” from Illuminations. Originally published in 1886, Norton will release Ashbery’s translation in May, though not with his above comments about scholars’ endless attempts to track Rimbaud through Scarborough just because he mentions it in the poem. “He could have just read about it like the rest of us have, at one point or another.”

(More of Ashbery’s Rimbaud translations will appear in the April issue of Poetry, along with an essay by M. Ashbery about his work)

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Posted in Poetry News on Friday, February 18th, 2011 by Harriet Staff.