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      ISBN 978-0-393-07901-2

Greg Delanty (Editor)Michael Matto (Editor)Seamus Heaney (Foreword by)


The Word Exchange

Anglo-Saxon Poems in Translation

 

    Foreword
    Preface
    Introduction
    Guide to Reading Aloud
    About the Old English Text



    POEMS OF EXILES AND LONGING


    The Seafarer / Mary Jo Salter
    The Wife's Lament / Eavan Boland
    Deor / Seamus Heaney
    Wulf and Eadwacer / Paul Muldoon
    The Husband's Message / Michael Schmidt
    The Wanderer / Greg Delanty



    FIRST RIDDLE HOARD


    "Who Is So Smart, So Crafty Spirited" / Peter Campion
    "Busy from Time to Time, in Rings" / Phillis Levin
    "I am a Monad Gashed by Iron" / David Curzon
    "All That Adorns Me Keeps Me" / Laqrence Raab
    "I Can Chortle Away in Any Voice" / Patricia McCarthy
    "Days before Birth I Was Left Here for Dead" / James McGonigal
    "My Jacket Is Polished Gray" / Billy Collins
    "I Crush and Compress, Ruin and Ravage and Raw" / Elizabeth Powell
    "I saw Ten of Them Ramble across the Land" / Edna Wyler
    "Armed and Deadly Those Were My Early Days"" / James McGonigal



    POEMS ABOUT HISTORICAL BATTLES, PEOPLE, AND PLACES


    The Battle of Maldron / David R. Slavitt
    The Battle at Brunanburh / Robert Hass
    The Death of Alfred / Robert Hass
    The Death of Edgar / Paul McLoughlin
    Durham / Derek Mahon
    The Battle of Finnsburh: a fragment / X.J.Kennedy
    Waldere: two fragments / Matthew Hollis
    Widsith / Bernard O'Donoghue



    SECOND RIDDLE-HOARD


    "My Throat's a Torch, the Rest of Me Rust" / David Barber
    "All My Life's a Struggle with Water and Wind" / Lawrence Raab
    "Some Wonder Am I" / Dennis O'Driscoll
    "My Tooth Is Long, My Work Even Longer" / Gary Soto
    "Five Dozen Reached the Brink and Pulled" / Peter Farley
    "Wob Is My Name Approximately" / James McGonigal
    "I'm a Creature to Conjure With" / David Barber
    "Call Me Fabulous" / Gerry Murphy
    "Some Enemy Took My LIfe" / Jane Hirshfield
    "From Groves and Green Hills Girdling the City" / Robert B. Shaw



    POEMS ABOUT LIVING


    Maxins I-A / David Curzon
    Maxims I-B / Brigit Kelly
    Maxims I-C / Mark Halliday
    Vainglory / Alan Jenkins
    The Riming Poem / A.E. Stallings
    The Rune Poem / James Harpur
    Maxims II / Rachel Hadas
    The Gifts of Men / Major Jackson
    Precepts / Jay Parini
    A Song of the Cosmos / Daniel Tobin
    Two passages from The Second Dialogue of Solomon and Saturn / Fiona Sampson



    THIRD RIDDLE-HOARD


    "A Part of Earth is Made Fairer" / Gail Holst-Warhaft
    "I Watched a Wonder, a Bright Marauder" / Molly Peacock
    "I Dance like Flames" / David Constantine
    "Wondrous Is This World, Incomparable" / David Wojahn
    "A Sea Monster Came Sailing" / James McGonigal
    "At Rest, Laborers Lean on Me" / Gary Soto
    "Dank Earth, Dealings Dumbfounding Chill" / Robert B. Shaw
    "It Was a Creature Traveling with Pendulum Motion" / Jacqueline Jones LaMon
    "I Saw This Creature, His Belly Arseways" / Paddy Bushe
    "I Watched This Big Well-Hung Young Laddie" / Edwin Morgan



    POEMS ABOUT DYING


    Bede's Dying Words / Anthony Cronin
    The Fortunes of Men / Kelly Cherry
    The Damned Soul Addresses the Body / Maurice Riordan
    The Ruin / Yusef Komunyakaa



    FOURTH RIDDLE-HOARD


    "It Is Written in Scriptures" / Saskia Hamilton
    "Forever Is the Creator" / David Wojahn
    "But When Renewal Comes" / David Constantine
    "I Saw, at Foreplaying, Two Wondrous Ones" / Marcia Karp
    "A Noble Guest of Brave Lineage" / David Cavanagh
    "A King Who Keeps to Himself Dwells" / Elizabeth Spires
    "A Curious Thing Dangles by Man's Thigh" / Peter Constantine
    "I Saw in a Corner Something Swelling" / Richard Wilbur
    "A Moth Ate Words" / Jane Hirshfield
    "I Heard of a Circle that Spoke before Men" / Lia Hills



    BIBLICAL STORIES AND LIVES OF SAINTS


    from Genesis: The Fall of the Rebel Angels and the First Day / Harvey Shapiro
    from Genesis: Offering Isaac / David Ferry
    from Exodus: The Israelites Cross the Red Sea / David Curzon
    from Judith: Beheading Holofernes / Peter Constantine
    The Vision of the Cross / Ciaran Carson
    The Descent into Hell / John F. Deane
    from Andreas / Eamon Grennan



    FIFTH RIDDLE-HOARD


    "Fighter across the Earth" / Peter Campion
    "I Saw Four Beings" / Jane Hirshfield
    "I Saw the Captives Carried In" / Macdara Woods
    "I Saw a Tree Tinseled with Light" / James Harpur
    "A Boy Came Walking to Where He Knew" / Marcia Karp
    "I Was in There Where I Saw a Turning" / Phillis Levin
    "The Wind Sends Small Creatures" / Gary Soto
    "I Stood Once by Sand, Near the Sea-Surge" / Jane Hirshfield
    "She Has Me Under Lock and Key" / Neil Rollinson
    "I Am the Hard, Headstrong Push and Pull" / Gail Holst-Warhaft



    PRAYERS, ADMONITIONS, AND ALLEGORIES


    Caedmon's Hymn / Harvey Shapiro
    The Kentish Hymn / Derek Mahon
    King Alfred's Epilogue to the Pastoral Care of Gregory the Great / Maurice Riordan
    from The Phoenix / Robert Welch
    The Panther / Brad Leithauser
    Whale / Robert Pinsky



    SIXTH RIDDLE-HOARD


    "Alive I Was–I Didn't Speak a Bit" / Phillis Levin
    "Up Beyond the Universe and Back" / Edwin Morgan
    "I Saw That Creature Wander on the Way" / Jennifer Grotz
    "For the Hearing Ear She Shapes Her Sound" / Gail Holst-Warhaft
    "High on This Headland Day and Night I Stand" / Robert B. Shaw
    "I Was Little (Little Did I Know)" / David Barber
    "I Was a Girl, a Gray Queen" / Molly Peacock
    "I Saw Her–Quick–She Slipped Behind" / Molly Peacock
    "Sea Fed, Shore Sheltered" / Gail Holt-Warhaft
    "I Am a Prince's Property and Joy" / Macdara Woods



    REMEDIES AND CHARMS


    Field Remedy / Nick Laird
    The Nine Herbs Charm / Tom Sleigh
    Against a Dwarf / Thomas McCarthy
    Against a Sudden Stitch / Michael Collier
    Charm for Bearing a Full-Term Baby / Carol Muske-Dukes
    Against Water-Elf Disease / Michael Collier
    Charm for a Swarm of Bees / David Barber
    Charm for Stolen Cattle / Jennifer Grotz
    For Loss of Cattle / Kathryn Maris
    A Journey Charm / Peter Sirr
    Against a Wen / Maurice Riordan



    FINAL RIDDLE-HOARD


    "I Stand at the Noble's Shoulder" / Jon Stallworthy
    "Look At My Puffed-Up Breast" / Patricia McCarthy
    "Old Was My Race, Steady and Gaining" / Jacqueline Jones LaMon
    "On Earth There's a Creature Sprung from a Wonder" / David Constantine
    "My Home Harps On as I Hold My Tongue" / David Barber
    "Many Men Were Sitting" / Marcia Karp
    "When I Was a Tree in the Wood the Creatures" / Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin
    "He Had His Way, His Pleasure" / Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin
    "Smoother, Than, Smoother Than……Where?" / Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin
    "I Am Noble, Known to Earls" / Jane Hirshfield



    On Translating Old English Poetry
    Index of Riddle Numbers and Solutions
    Index of Angle-Saxon Poetic Records Titles
    For Further Reading in Old English
    Acknowledgments
    Editor's Biographies