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BEAUTY | Charles Baudelaire | Translated by Jack Foley

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

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Charles Baudelaire

Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867)

 

La Beauté

Je suis belle, ô mortels! comme un rêve de pierre,
Et mon sein, où chacun s’est meurtri tour à tour,
Est fait pour inspirer au poète un amour
Eternel et muet ainsi que la matière.

 Je trône dans l’azur comme un sphinx incompris;
J’unis un coeur de neige à la blancheur des cygnes;
Je hais le mouvement qui déplace les lignes,
Et jamais je ne pleure et jamais je ne ris.

 Les poètes, devant mes grandes attitudes,
Que j’ai l’air d’emprunter aux plus fiers monuments,
Consumeront leurs jours en d’austères études;

Car j’ai, pour fasciner ces dociles amants,
De purs miroirs qui font toutes choses plus belles:
Mes yeux, mes larges yeux aux clartés éternelles!


Beauty

 I’m beautiful, mortals, like a dream of stone
And my breast, where each man shatters,
Inspires in poets, one by one,
A love eternal and mute as matter.

I’m enthroned in the blue, like a sphinx of enigmas—
Heart of snow to the swan’s sheer whiteness I keep,
Hate movement, in which lines amass,
Never laugh, never weep.

Poets before my grand attitudes
(Which I take from the proudest monuments)
Wear out their days in studious moods.
I keep those lovers submissive, bent

With my eyes, my bright eyes, those mirrors changing
All to beauty, and in beauty ranging.

© Jack Foley

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JACK FOLEY’S NOTE TO AL YOUNG

This link will get you the French and some English versions of Baudelaire’s terrific poem, “La Beauté”:

http://fleursdumal.org/poem/116

Hard to match Baudelaire’s wonderful opening line, “Je suis belle, ô mortels! comme un rêve de pierre,” with its rhyme of “belle” and “mortels”: “I am beautiful, O mortals! like a dream of stone.” The translations offered at the website (including the first, literal one) seemed clumsy and, when rhymed, contained a lot of inverted language. I decided to make an effort too and wrote this version this morning.

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 Earlier today, I bought a sandwich at Noah’s. The clerk there told me that, when she wasn’t clerking, she worked with a troupe of fire eaters! Circus stuff. I told her I was a poet: it was my job to keep as much fire in my mouth as I could.

April 3, 2013

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Jack Foley

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ANYTIME YOU WISH, YOU CAN DANCE

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

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“Concierto de Aranjuez/Spain”: Unnamed dancer with Chick Corea’s band in Barcelona 2008 | Courtesy YouTube


ANYTIME YOU WISH, YOU CAN DANCE

Anytime you wish, you can dance

this poem like you did in Barcelona

to Chick Corea’s “Spain” with Jorge Pardo

the great, the flute, your mantilla

properly black, your black hair tied back,

your thick-toed shoes rousting the floor,

jump-up flamenquista, you, high-

handed, above your head staged fingers

curve and click, the rest of you alive, all

olive-brown, a mongrel beauty, light-twisted,

a budding smile your rose and proof

of every mystery you master each time

the spirit calls. Can duende dwell far behind?

Gypsy Jew Moor, the salt and soul of Spain

© Al Young
31 March 2013

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‘CULTURE, TORTURE, NURTURE: WHAT CAN SAVE THE WORLD?’ — Keynote Address by Al Young, UC Merced, April 12, 4pm

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

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A Graduate Student Conference at UC Merced | April 12-13, 2013

The First Annual Center for Research in the Humanities and Arts (CHRA) Graduate Student conference will be held at the campus of the University of California, Merced, on April 12-13, 2013. From Monadism to Nomadism: An Hybrid Approach to Cultural Productions will focus on the intersection and interplay of cultural studies, the social sciences, and the humanities and encouraging the exploration of various theoretical frameworks, case studies and fieldwork, and research. By juxtaposing issues such as intercultural negotiation, trans-(post)modern society, migratory aesthetics, diverse understandings within liquid societies, and symbolic struggle, this conference provides a venue to explore the post-(de)colonial dilemmas created by the reinvention and promotion of culture as a coherent and diverse reality.

The aim of the CRHA Graduate Conference is to facilitate the innovative scholarship of graduate students across the nation and globe by providing opportunities for them to share academic work, receive scholarly feedback and network professionally. The event also facilitates the integration of faculty, promising scholars and colleagues in an interdepartmental intellectual dialogue. The CRHA Graduate Student Conference is a unique opportunity for graduate students to present their scholarly work at UCM in a formal conference setting. All talks and panel sessions are free and open to the public. Please see our Conference Schedule link for more detailed information about this year’s conference.

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ARWA AWAN will represent California in the 2013 Poetry Out Loud nationals

Monday, April 1st, 2013

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Arwa Awan takes first in California

She will represent California in the 2013 Poetry Out Loud nationals

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Arwa Awan of Pacific Grove High School at the recitation for Poetry Out Loud in the Capital building in Sacramento. She performed one of her pieces at Pacific Grove’s April 3, 2013 City Council meeting.

Arwa Awan, a senior at Pacific Grove High School in Monterey County, took first place in the 2013 California state finals of Poetry Out Loud and will represent the state in Washington DC at the national finals this spring. Connor Ricketts, a freshman at Charter University Prep in El Dorado County, was the first runner-up and would represent California in the national finals if Awan was unable to attend. Shane Anderson, a sophomore at Bear River High School in Nevada County, was the second runner-up.

Arwa Awan was coached by English teacher Larry Haggquist, also the coach for the high school’s Mock Trial Team, and by Kim Murdock, a drama coach, who also coached other Monterey County contestants at he local level. Murdock volunteered her time and talent.

“The California Poetry Out Loud state final is an extremely competitive contest, and all the county champions are remarkable young men and women,” said Craig Watson, represent California in the national finals.”

Fourteen other students made it to the semi-final round.

The competition took place on the evening of Sunday, March 24, at the Sacramento Sheraton (Round 1), and the morning of Monday, March 25 (Rounds 2 and 3), on the state Senate floor. Video recordings of both days are available at http://www.calchannel.com/

To read the whole of Pacific Grove’s Cedar Times story (March 29-April 4, 2013), click here.

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Monterey County’s Arwa Awan to represent California in 2013 Poetry Out Loud nationals

Connor Ricketts                    Shane Anderson

Connor Ricketts from El Dorado County and Shane Anderson from Nevada County were first and second runners-up in the state finals

March 25, 2013 | Sacramento
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Arwa Awan, a senior at Pacific Grove High School in Monterey County, took first place in the 2013 California state finals of Poetry Out Loud and will represent the Golden State in Washington DC at the national finals this spring. Connor Ricketts, a freshman at Charter University Prep in El Dorado County, was the first runner-up and would represent California in the national finals if Awan was unable to attend. Shane Anderson, a sophomore at Bear River High School in Nevada County, was the second runner-up.

“The California Poetry Out Loud state final is an extremely competitive contest, and all the county champions are remarkable young men and women,” said Craig Watson, Director of the California Arts Council. “The width and breadth of California’s diversity and creativity is well represented in these talented young men and women who participated today, and we are delighted that Arwa will represent California in the national finals.”

Fourteen other students made it to the semi-final round, including (in no particular order): Terra Ashbrook (Humboldt County), Abigail Schott-Rosenfield (San Francisco County), Kennedy Peterson (Sonoma County), Teresa Woods (Tuolumne County), Riley Miner (Napa County), Nkem Ehiemere (Riverside County), Ty Bradford (Siskiyou County), Mindy Paul (San Diego County), Allison Corralejo (Ventura County), Joshua Herman (Contra Costa County), Kimberlee King (Solano County), Shayna Maci Warner (Marin County), Antonia Silva (Orange County), and Henry Molina (Sacramento County). A list of all of the county winners, their high schools, and the poems they chose can be found at http://www.cac.ca.gov/newsroom/atthecacdetail.php?id=524 .

The competition took place on the evening of Sunday, March 24, at the Sacramento Sheraton (Round 1), and the morning of Monday, March 25 (Rounds 2 and 3), on the state Senate floor. Video recordings of both days will be made available soon at http://www.calchannel.com/.

This year marks the eighth time the California Arts Council has produced the annual competition — the largest of its kind in the nation, with over 40,000 students in approximately 35 California counties participating. The program encourages high school students to learn about poetry through memorization, performance, and competition. The California state final is the culminating competition in California between county winners who have shown their merit in the classroom, school, district, and county (a pyramid competition structure similar to the spelling bee).

Awan, as the California Poetry Out Loud champion, receives $200 from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). She will go on to compete in Washington, DC, later this spring, and her school will receive $500 for books. Ricketts, as the runner-up, receives $100 from the NEA, and $200 for books at his school.

The state’s Poetry Out Loud program is directed by the California Arts Council, and was initiated by the NEA and the Poetry Foundation. Local arts agencies and school districts conduct the program on the county level. The California Arts Council would like to thank Target Corporation for sponsoring the state’s program and helping bring California Poetry Out Loud to as many California high school students as possible.

Additional thanks are extended to the California Channel and its staff who allowed Monday’s portion of the competition to be broadcast and webcast, and who video recorded Sunday’s program for later viewing both on California Channel cable stations as well as webcast at http://www.calchannel.com/.

The California Channel has had a long history with the California Poetry Out Loud program, and the organization won a Telly in 2007 for their program on that year’s state finals. Also essential to the success of the program is the multi-media staff from the state Senate who recorded Rounds 2 and 3 from the Senate floor and made the airing and live webcast by the California Channel possible.

Professional photos of Awan and other California Poetry Out Loud competitors are provided by Brian Baer or California Arts Council staff (un-attributed). Members of the press interested in California’s Poetry Out Loud program may contact Mary Beth Barber at 916-322-6588, mbarber@cac.ca.gov.

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James Bruce & Craig Watson  
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James Bruce and California Arts Council Director Craig Watson

San Luis Obispo English teacher James Bruce receives state arts council’s first Hero Award’

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Al Young, ‘the Jimmy Carter of California’s poets laureate,’ frames a shot

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