Mark Rudman

  • Closely Watched Refrains

    As one familiar with Zbigniew Herbert's work in successive versions and volumes, I did a double take when I noticed that Alissa Valles is the translator of Herbert's Collected Poems. I had anticipated seeing the names John and Bogdana Carpenter, the couple who have translated the Polish poet's work for twenty-five years with Ecco press. But the hallucination didn't end there; Valles's name rhymed in my imagination with that of Lillian Vallee, who translated Bells in Winter (1978), the first book by Czeslaw Milosz to have an impact in the English-speaking world. In turn, I recalled it was Milosz