Can anyone tell me anything about this poem or about this poet?
Lysander Kemp (b. 1920 – d. 1992) was a translator in the mid-20th century, known mostly for his work translating Octavio Paz and Ruben Dario. I know that he was released from the US Army in 1942 and that he then attended Harvard, where he was “class poet.”
The Library of Congress has a copy of the only book published of his original works, The Northern Stranger [New York. Random House. 1946].
I don’t know anything else about the author, though I intend to find out more.
I wish I had written down where I first found this poem. It was in an old newspaper and I transcribed it manually. It is beautiful, though, is it not?