Brief bio sketch

Lloyd Haft (1946- ) was born in Sheboygan, Wisconsin USA and lived as a boy in Wisconsin, Louisiana and Kansas. In 1968 he graduated from Harvard College and went to Leiden, The Netherlands for graduate study in Chinese (M. A. 1973, Ph. D. 1981). From 1973 to 2004 he taught Chinese language and literature, mostly poetry, at Leiden. His sinological publications include Pien Chih-lin: A Study in Modern Chinese Poetry (1983/2011; published in Chinese translation as 发现卞之琳: 一位西方学者的探索之旅 in 2010) and Zhou Mengdie’s Poetry of Consciousness (2006).



He has translated extensively into English from the Dutch of Herman Gorter and Willem Hussem, and from the Chinese of various poets including Lo Fu, Yang Lingye, Bian Zhilin and Zhou Mengdie.



Since the 1980s he has also been active as a poet writing in Dutch and English. He was awarded the Jan Campert Prize for his 1993 bilingual volume Atlantis and the Ida Gerhardt Prize for his 2003 Dutch free-verse readings of the Psalms (republished by Uitgeverij Vesuvius in 2011). His most recent book of poems (in Dutch) is Deze poelen, deze geest (2008). His newer poems are published (some republished) on this blog.



After early retirement in 2004, for a number of years Lloyd Haft spent much of his time in Taiwan with his wife Katie Su. In addition to writing and translating, his interests include Song-dynasty philosophy and taiji quan. He sings in the choir of a Roman Catholic church of the Eastern Rite in The Hague.



Friday, February 25, 2011

且把言語翻了...(以此齋詩譜一首)


秋天的一個下午, 我在台灣的打狗看著一排梧桐類的樹, 忽然讓我想一年前在荷蘭Gouda 城的一個傍晚
漢樂逸荷語詩作、 蘇桂枝合譯

且把言語翻了...
Dagou 裡面聽 Gouda,
「打狗」就是「高達」 !
喚醒著
秋天我在 Gouda
從火車站醒出來...
四面閃閃翻翻地
是梧桐樹的葉子
一把一把拿著我,
提著我
提到它的高處...
葉子都是我那燃燒的手
被提鍊的
被燒鍊...
給它燒個翻 !
翻到開了,
開到深處
也是根處,
瞬間跨了紅塵語海
回到此岸來,
伸到彼岸去。


荷語原文201012月登載於紅銅雜誌 .