Friday, March 3, 2017

Ghazal: The Dark Times by Marilyn Hacker

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March 3, 2017

Ghazal: The Dark Times

Marilyn Hacker

About This Poem


"'...And don't talk to me about "the dark times,"' wrote a friend, disgusted by what was happening in the United States and in the world, and everything that had led to it. Which only made the translation of Brecht's lines more resonant in my mind…"
—Marilyn Hacker


Marilyn Hacker's most recent book is A Stranger's Mirror: New and Selected Poems, 1994–2014 (W.W. Norton, 2015).  She lives in Paris, France, and has recently translated work by Syrian poets Golan Haji, Fadwa Suleiman, and Yasser Khanjer.


Photo credit: Brian Palmer 



Poetry by Hacker


"Ghazal: America the Beautiful" by Alicia Ostriker


"Ghazal: In Silence" by Mimi Khalvati


"Ghazal of the Better-Unbegun" by Heather McHugh




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