CARTER REVARD - ΓΙΑΤΙ ΤΡΑΓΟΥΔΑ Ο ΛΥΚΟΣ (Coyote)


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Υπήρχε ένα μικρό ρέμα, κοντά στο λαγούμι,
Συρρικνωμένο σε μια στάλα, εκείνο το ξηρό το καλοκαίρι όταν
Γεννήθηκε. Μια νύχτα στα τέλη Αυγούστου άρχισε να βρέχει
Η βροντή μας ξύπνησε. Σταγόνες έπεφταν δυνατά
Στην στεγνή γη, στα πυκνά φύλλα βελανιδιάς, πάνω σε βράχους
Γεμάτα λειχήνες, και η βροχή έπεφτε κάτω από το λόφο θυελλώδη
Και απαλή και γρήγορη, ο άνεμος βρέχοντας φυσούσε στο λαγούμι· αισθάνθηκα τις
Στάλες από τα φύλλα, το υγρό θρόισμα των μουσκεμένων κλαδιών χτυπημένα από ριπές ανέμου.
Κι έπειτα - το τραγούδι του ρέματος άλλαξε: Άκουσα την πτώση  μιας πέτρας
Σχηματίστηκαν νέες πτυχώσεις με γάργαρη πιο χαμηλή απόχρωση.
Εκεί στις νέες πτυχώσεις ήπια, το επόμενο πρωί,
Φρέσκο 
​​λασπωμένο νερό που μου έτρεμαν τα δόντια.
Σκέφτηκα πόσο ήταν εύθραυστη η ισορροπία εκείνης της πέτρας:
Η καταιγίδα δημιούργησε μουσική, μετά από αυτό ο κόσμος μου άλλαξε.

Μετάφραση από τα Ιταλικά: Κοκολογιάννης Κωνσταντίνος

Carter Revard

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Carter Curtis Revard (born March 25, 1931[1]) is an American poet, writer and scholar. He is part Osage on his father's side.[2] He is also known by his Osage name,Nom-Peh-Wah-The (Nompehwahthe) given to him in 1952 by his grandmother, Mrs. Josephine Jump.[2]

Early life and education

Revard was born in PawhuskaOklahoma,[1] an Osage Indian Agency town.[2] His early education on the Osage reservation was in a single room with all the other grades of his school. In this environment, schoolwork was coupled with farming and other odd jobs, including greyhound training, but Revard still credits his teachers at the time with inspiring his interest in literature and science. A scholarship won on the back of a radio quiz enabled him to earn a BA at the University of Tulsa, and there he prospered well enough to gain a Rhodes Scholarship that enabled him to study at Oxford University, earning a BA there as well.[2] A PhD at Yale University followed in 1959.

Academic career

After gaining his doctorate, Revard taught at Amherst College. For most of his career, he has taught at Washington University in St. Louis, beginning in 1961. He has been a visiting professor at the University of Tulsa and the University of Oklahoma. Unusually for a Native American professor, Revard's major scholarly focus throughout his career has been on medieval British manuscripts, and their social context. He is a respected voice in this field.
Revard has also produced scholarly work on linguistics (specifically on the transition between Middle English and later forms of the language) and Native American literature.

Creative writings

In 1980 Revard published his first anthology, Ponca War Dances, revealing himself as a new, strongly political voice in Native American poetry.
An excerpt from "Discovery of the New World":

The creatures that we met this morning
marveled at our green skins
and scarlet eyes.
They lack antennae
and can't be made to grasp
your lawful proclamation that they are
our lawful food and prey and slaves
nor can they seem to learn
their body-space is needed to materialize
our oxygen absorbers —
which they conceive are breathing
and thinking creatures whom they implore
at first as angels or (later) as devils
when they are being snuffed out
by an absorber swelling
into their space. . . .
We need their space and oxygen
which they do not know how to use,
yet they will not give up their gas unforced,
and we feel sure,
whatever our "agreements" made this morning,
we'll have to cook them all:
the more we cook this orbit,
the fewer next time around.

Revard has gone on to publish several more anthologies of poetry, the best known of which is probably An Eagle Nation. In most of his works, he interweaves poetry, autobiographical recollections and short, sometimes allegorical stories. His poems have also appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, and his work has been translated into French, Spanish, Italian and Hungarian.

Awards and professional recognition

2007 - American Indian Festival of Words Author Award
2005 - Lifetime Achievement Award, Native Writers' Circle of the Americas
2002 - Finalist, Oklahoma Book Award, Nonfiction category
2000 - Writer of the Year, Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers
1994 - Oklahoma Book Award, Poetry category
An issue of the journal Studies in American Indian Literatures (SAIL) (Spring 2003) was entirely devoted to discussions of his work. Carter Revard is a member of the Modern Language Association (MLA), the Association for Studies in American Indian Literature, the River Styx Literary Organization, the Association of American Rhodes Scholars, the University of Tulsa Board of Visitors, the St. Louis Gourd Dancers and Phi Beta Kappa.[citation needed]
He has served the American Indian Center of St. Louis as board member, Secretary and President.


Carter Revard reading his poetry at The Focal Point in St. Louis


Books by Carter Revard

How the Songs Come Down, Salt Publications (2005)
Winning the Dust Bowl, University of Arizona Press (2001)
Family Matters, Tribal Affairs University of Arizona Press (1999)
An Eagle Nation, University of Arizona Press (1997)
Cowboys and Indians Christmas Shopping, Point Riders Press (1992)
Ponca War Dancers, Point Riders Press (1980)

Books about Carter Revard

The Salt Companion to Carter Revard Ellen L. Arnold (Ed.) [1]

See also


Notes


External links

Salt Publishing page for Carter, including video and many audio files

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