Recently I’ve been dipping into Cavafy and Robert Lowell: Cavafy’s work I didn’t really know, and Lowell’s work is in an edition chosen by Michael Hofmann. As a fellow New-Englander, Lowell’s images have always resonated with me and his places are familiar. I like his work more and more as I get older: his regrets, weaknesses and insight. I have recently been in Boston Common and stopped to look at the memorial to the Union Dead of his famous poem. Cavafy is a surprise: so lithe and beautifully balanced. I love short poems filled with import! And going back to Michael Hofmann’s taste, next I’m going to try his translations of Gottfried Benn.