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Neo-Latin Adaptation in Drunken Boat 22 (with audio!) - September 2, 2015

Check out Drunken Boat 22 for my adaptation of Jacob Balde’s “Melancholia.” Balde has my favorite conversion story of all the Jesuit poets I know… admittedly a small number. He was serenading a woman from beneath her window when he heard a psalm sung from a nearby church. The psalm, he thought, was better. Shortly thereafter, he joined the faith. Thanks for Drunken Boat for inviting me write a small translator’s note and posting an audio recording of the poem.

Derek Mong