Writing in Turbulent Times

DeRoy lecture

The other four lectures which are part of the course on Poetry and the Language of Oppression, and which are open to the public are:

And, of course, a Poetry Reading with old friends, to celebrate being here at Michigan:


A bit of Dante…

Last month I visited Gradara, the castle where the story of Paolo and Francesca took place, and this put me in the mind of Dante.  Here are a few of my favorite verses from Paradiso, Canto XVII, lines 54-60:


Tu lascerai ogne cosa diletta

piu caramente; e questo e quello strale

che l’arco de lo essilio pria saetta.

Tu proverai si come sa di sale

lo pane altrui, e come e duro calle

lo scendere e’l salir per l’altrui scale.


My own translation reads:


You will leave everything you hold

dearest; this is what the bow

of exile will shoot first.

You will taste the salt of another’s bread

and learn the difficulty of your path as

you descend and mount another’s stairs.