Spesso il male di vivere ho incontrato:
Bene non seppi, fuori del prodigio
by Eugenio Montale (1896-1981)
Life's evil have I met with by and by:
It's good I haven't known, beyond the boon
trans. by Jake Spatz
JAKE SPATZ is a poet and translator of Italian and Argentine poetry, who works professionally as a freelance writer, design consultant, and teacher of Argentine tango. Spatz's translations of Dante and Giacomo Leopardi have been broadcast on NPR, commissioned for undergraduate coursework, and published in academic journals. He is currently completing his translation of the verse opus of Leopardi. Spatz has rendered over 70 Argentinian tango lyrics into English since October 2005. A graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, Spatz currently lives, works, dances, works, and occasionally works, in the vicinity of Washington, DC. He maintains the website http://TangoDC.com, which currently archives his tango translations. His creative prose most recently appeared in Slurve.
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