The following poem by Richard Livermore is excerpted from his book in progress “New Selected Poems”, which will be published in Bibliotheca Universalis, a series of chapbooks organized and published by Daniel Dragomirescu in Bucharest, Romania. 


Translated by Roxana Doncu



Arms that held
a crocodile in them
when the stars emerged

from their sleep, cradled
a lion and placed him
under the sign of a rock,

uprooted a tree to plant it
on top of a mega-tsunami,
wrestled the moon,

and twisted the only arm
of the sun to make it rise
from under the sea.

(Or should we hazard
other conjectures concerning
this anaconda-to-be?)



Brațe care au îmbrățișat
un crocodil pe când
stelele se trezeau

din somnul lor, au legănat
un leu și l-au așezat
sub semnul unei stânci,

au scos din rădăcini un copac
să-l planteze în vârful unui mega-tsunami,
s-au încăierat cu luna,

și-au răsucit singurul
braț al soarelui să-l facă să răsară
de sub valuri.

(Sau ar trebui să avansăm
alte presupuneri privind
acest anaconda –a-fi?)

Cultural profile

Richard Livermore (b. 1944, United Kingdom) has been published in numerous papers and online magazines over the years, in the UK, USA, Spain, Italy and, more recently, Romania. These include 14, AMF Logos, Asses Of Parnassus, Barcelona, Black Mountain Review (Northern Ireland), The Black Rose, Chanticleer Magazine, Chapman, Counterpoint, Decanto, Dream-Catcher, Envoi, Fat Damsel, First Time, Folio, Furry Fables, Global Tapestry, Haiku Scotland, In Between Hangovers, Inclement, Iota, Keep Poetry Alive, Never Bury Poetry, New Hope International Review, New Scottish Epoch, Northern Light, Ol’ Chanty, Orbis, The Old Police Station, The Other Merry-Go-Round, Poetic License, Poetry Scotland, Purple Patch, Quantum Leap,  Reach, The Reader, Rizoma, Scotia Review, The Scotsman, Seventh Quarry, Sol, Staple, Weighbauk, Wildflower and Your One Phone Call. His work has also been broadcast by the BBC. and has appeared on the Corbenic Poetry Path in Perthshire. Three of his poems have been translated into Romanian by Monika Manolachi and included in The Anthology Of Scottish Poets published by Bibliotheca UniversalisHis work as also been published in book-form by Lothlorien, Diehard, Chanticleer PressElefantasia Press and Biblioteheca Universalis. For the past 15 years, he has also published and edited his own magazine called Chanticleer Magazine and its on-line offshoot, Ol’ Chanty, to which he has contributed many essays and blogs about poetry, philosophy, film, etcetera. This is his second book by Bibliotheca Universalis.