My purpose in making the translations which follow was simply to better understand these important poems and to practice reading French. In the process, I consulted some other translations, notably Roger Fry’s beautiful work on Mallarm, some translations of other Symbolist poets by C.F. MacIntyre, and the prose translations Carol Clark made of Baudelaire. I decided to do a poetic translation of my own whenever the French original touched an emotional chord for me and when I thought I could contribute something beyond what others had already done in their English renderings.
About the author:
Daniel Weeks has published six collections of poetry-X Poems (Blast Press, 1990), Ancestral Songs (Libra Publishers, Inc., 1992), Indignities (Mellen Poetry Press, 1999), Small Beer (Blast Press, 2007), Characters (Blast Press, 2008), and Virginia (Blast Press, 2009). His translations have appeared as Les Symbolistes: Translations and Collaborations (Blast Press, 2013). He is also the author of Not for Filthy Lucre’s Sake: Richard Saltar and the Antiproprietary Movement in East New Jersey, 1665-1707, a history of colonial New Jersey politics, which Lehigh University Press published in 2001. He has received four grants from the New Jersey Historical Commission for research on New Jersey colonial history. His poetry has appeared in The Cimarron Review, Pebble Lake Review, The California Quarterly, Mudfish, Puckerbrush Review, Zone 3, Slant, The Raintown Review, Barbaric Yawp, The Northwest Florida Review, The Roanoke Review, Sulphur River Literary Review, Mobius, NY Arts Weekly, and many other publications. Two of his poems were also published in Wild Poets of Ecstasy: An Anthology of Ecstatic Poetry (Pelican Pond, 2011). His translations of French symbolist poetry have appeared in Blue Unicorn.
Weeks earned a Ph.D. in American history from Rutgers University in 2012. He also holds an M.A. in history from Monmouth University (1995) and a B.A. in American history from Washington & Lee University (1980). He is currently an assistant research professor at the Thomas A. Edison Papers, Rutgers University.