Before time could change them

I just stumbled on Theoharis’s English edition of all of Cavafy’s poems. I don’t know how accurate the translations are, but as English poetry some of them are stunning:

FOR THE SHOP

He wrapped them up carefully, neatly,

in precious green silk.

Roses of rubies, lilies of pearls,

violets of amethysts. Beautiful as he deems,

as he wished, as he sees they should be; not as he

saw them in nature or studies them. He’ll leave them

in the cash-desk, signs of his bold and skillful work.

When some customer comes into the ship.

he brings out other things to sell — first-class ornaments —

bracelets, chains, necklaces, and rings.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com