- By Edward Clifford
One candle will suffice. The light somewhat subdued
will be better suited, will be more agreeable
as Love is drawing closer, as its Shadows arrive.
One candle will suffice. The room should indulge
in two much light tonight.
—from "For them to arrive" by C.P. Cavafy, Translated by Alex de Voogt
Tell us about one of the first pieces you translated.
When I was studying an East African board game, known as bao, for my thesis, I encountered a poem on the subject. Muyaka bin Haji, a famous Swahili poet of the early nineteenth century had written a...