Arthur Waley, of an Evening

Richard Halperin

Of translations of the Tao,
it is his I spend time with.
He does his patinage on thin ice.
For me, it suffices. To the wisdom
of the Tao he adds his own
wisdom. He interprets a text
which survives in a language
no one speaks anymore,
and which may have been spoken
more in gestures than in words.
He writes beautifully because
he thinks beautifully. Some poetry
is hygiene.

Richard W. Halperin's latest poetry collection via Salmon Poetry/Cliffs of Moher is Catch Me While You Have the Light, 2018; his most recent chapbook via Lapwing Publications/Belfast is Sunday Visits, 2019. His work is part of University College Dublin's Irish Poetry Reading Collection Archive.

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