To Donald Hall - May 25, 2012
By Charles Bane, Jr.
My first day of normalcy after a week of serious illness. Thank you for your kind words about my work in your last letter. Alas, I do not read Hebrew. I remember I.F. Stone in an interview when he was in his eighties, discussing his delight in learning Greek when he was retired. I'd like to imitate his example. There is a fine translation of the The Five Books of Moses by Everett Fox--it was his life's work--from the original Hebrew. The narrative is raw, tribal, and unaccountably moving. But it is not the King James, which I keep by my bed to reassure myself that miracles take place in poetry and that genius is always new under the sun.
I preserve our letters and their camaraderie. When I go to my desk to write, I say to myself, I have a friend who searches out the best and is persuaded that everything that is beautiful is of a common thing and, wrested alone by artists, is borne in flocks.
Charles Bane Jr. is an American Poet. Curbside Splendor published his first book The Chapbook (July 2011) and will publish his second book New Poems (October 2012) via Concepcion Books, a new Curbside imprint.