Dunt, dunt, dunt, deslumbramiento (Beethoven’s Fifth?)

Le français followed by a version in English y una versión alternativa en español.

Plus, while I was working on these poemínimos (very short poems), I happened on Susan McLean’s wonderful translations into English of short poems (“epigrams”) by the Spanish-Roman poet Martial. Two (hardly surrealistic) samples may be found below at Martial.

Dunt, dunt, dunt, songe

Ce matin, en me réveillant –
Triangle, two rectangles, for Picasso - William Eaton, 2021Des gribouillis près du lit :
« Que tu me le dises » y était parmi
« Je n’ai jamais besoin », et aussi :
« Ce que Beethoven a écrit
Parle d’un homme qui entre temps
A tiré tout de suite sur son orteil.
Va chercher la corde dans son nez. »


Dunt, dunt, dunt, dream

This morning, awoke and found
Dream scribbles fallen near my bed
“I don’t need you to tell me” was what they said
“Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony is about a man
Who shot off his big toe
With a drifting rope
Up his nose”


Dunt, dunt, dunt, deslumbramiento

Esta mañana, me desperté,
garabatos en el suelo:
«Nunca era necesario
disparar el dedo gordo
mientras Beethoven escribía
con una cuerda en su nariz».


Martialis (Martial) Bust by Juan Cruz Melero (1910-1986)Many thanks to the American Library in Paris for introducing me to Susan McLean’s Selected Epigrams: Martial (The University of Wisconsin Press 2014). The original, Latin poems were published in Rome between AD 86 and 103. Martial was born sometime between 38 and 41 AD in Augusta Bilbilis (near what is now the city of Calatayud in the Sistema Ibérico mountain range, northern Spain).

Image at right is a bust of Martialis (Martial) by Juan Cruz Melero (1910-1986). A few samples here of Martial’s and MacLean’s work:

poem 1.30

Sabidius, I don’t like you. Why? No clue.

I just don’t like you. That will have to do.

poem 11.19

Why won’t I wed you, Galla? You’re well-read.

My cock makes frequent grammar slips in bed.

— Poem(s) and “cover” (homepage) drawing by William Eaton.

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