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13
Oct
12

Tristan Tzara’s Song 5 (Two Translations)

I forgot to add this preface so here it is now: I needed a translation for Tristan Tzara’s Song 5, but I couldn’t find any. So I went about it on my own. And, of course, whenever i translate a poem, and end up having at least two translations. So here are my two translations.

Tristan Tzara’s in the original

Si les mots n’étaient que signes
timbres-poste sur les choses
qu’est-ce qu’il en resterait
poussières
gestes
temps perdu
il n’y aurait ni joi ni peine
par ce monde farfelu

A literal translation or what Ezra Pound would call a logopoeia translation.

If words were only signs
postage stamps on things
what would remain
dust
gestures
lost time –
there would be neither pain nor joy
in this wacky world

A contemporized in-the-spirit-of translation or what Ezra Pound would call a contemporized phanopoeia translation.

If words are only signs
or post-it notes on items
what remains?
lists
listlessness
things to do
empty timelines –
there would be neither deadlines or relief
in this bustling world

//

09
Oct
12

In Pursuit of the Juiciest Wine: Day 123 – Avalon Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

Avalon Cabernet Sauvignon 2010Some of you readers (I’m so grateful that you stop to read what I share) will notice I have not been posting much. I’m always going, going, going either with my own school work or with teaching, but tonight I’m caught up and I actually think I’m ahead in my work. So I’m finally taking time to do a wine tasting because I need a break of some sort.  So I’m going (there’s that word again) to slow down for the night and take a deep breath of Avalon Cabernet Sauvignon 2010. And then I’m going (again with that silly word) to have some macaroni and cheese with hot dogs. (Did I mention I’m a poor college student . . . again . . . for the fourth time in my life. Some people go straight through a college career. I play hopscotch with attending college and being in the working world.)

So here’s to day 123 on the Juiciest Wine tour.

My glass is a foot away, but I can smell some berries. After I bring under my nose, I smell vanilla, currants, cherries, plums, and jamminess.

According to the Avalon Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 Tasting Notes, this wine is:

  • 87% Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 9% Merlot
  • 3% Zinfandel
  • 1% Sangiovese

Now I know where the jamminess is coming from.

I just love the nose.

The color isn’t as opaque as I would expect for a Cabernet Sauvignon, but it will suffice. With a nose like that, most everything will suffice.

Oh, pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeease taste good.

Most of the taste comes on the finish with some red grapes, spice, and some tartness. I bet the tartness is the “boysenberry pie” the tasting notes mention.

In the mouth, I pick up some cranberries, but the tastes are so subtle.

I like this wine, but it does need some food to bring out the flavors more.

I would never guess this is a Cabernet Sauvignon, though. The body isn’t big enough and it’s too subtle. But as an everyday wine, I’m enjoying it.

I wish the tastes were as wonderful as the nose.

I’d say 87 points.//




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