(My purpose in making the translations which follow was si...)
My purpose in making the translations which follow was simply to better understand these important poems and to practice reading French. In the process, I consulted some other translations, notably Roger Fry’s beautiful work on Mallarmé, some translations of other Symbolist poets by C.F. MacIntyre, and the prose translations Carol Clark made of Baudelaire. I decided to do a poetic translation of my own whenever the French original touched an emotional chord for me and when I thought I could contribute something beyond what others had already done in their English renderings.
Bachelor in American History, Washington & Lee University, 1980. Master of Arts in History, Monmouth University, 1995.
Reporter The Herald, Allaire, New Jersey, 1984. Managing editor Allaire Public Company, 1984-1986. Staff writer The Journal, Freehold, New Jersey, 1986-1987.
Editor Summerfield Newspapers, Asbury Park, 1987-1989. Editor of publications Monmouth University, West Long Branch, 1989-1998, history instructor, since 1999. President Ratamacue Records, since 1995.
Musician, drummer Jazzlamic Jihad, Long Branch, since 1990.
Married Jackie Trester, November 10, 1985. Children: Jared, Rachel.