Donald Wellman

poet, editor, translator

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Essay Poems, now available

  Commentary Essay Poems is Donald Wellman’s most ambitious volume of poetry to date. The verses absorb everything including several languages besides English (Spanish, Latin, German, French). His poetry evokes the universe seen from the all-encompassing point of view of Borges’ Aleph. The center slips away. There is no sense of personal identity. But someone […]

The Virgin Mountain

The Virgin Mountain, Roberto Echavarren, trans. Don Wellman and Roberto Echavarren. Diálogos 2017. In The Virgin Mountain, the great Uruguayan poet, novelist and essayist, Roberto Echavarren, continues his investigation of twenty-first century modernity, this time in the context of desire and the natural world. Drawing from theorists and philosophers like Michel Foucault and Gilles Deleuze, as […]

Recent news and publications

Albiach / Celan / Reading Across Languages (Annex 2017). Available from Small Press Distribution. Echavarren’s The Espresso Between Sleep and .Waking, translated by the author and myself has been released by Card Board House 2016. Neila, Evening Song: Last Poems of Yvan Goll has been released by Spuyten Duyvil  2016. Roman Exercises is also a new release (Talisman House […]

Albiach / Celan: Reading Across Languages Released

Albiach / Celan : Reading Across Languages   Annex Press 2016, Donald Wellman’s new book of prose travels far : Antonio Gamoneda’s poetry, ‘Earth Ergon’ on the work of Derrida, his thoughts on translating Paul Celan, his musings on the art of translation, the work of French Poet Anne-Marie Albiach. This volume includes a new […]

Statement on practice

My poetics stem from early studies of the works of Ezra Pound and Charles Olson. Before that I had concentrated on Anglo-Saxon and other archaic texts. I was spellbound by lyric poetry, especially in German, sometimes in French, as well as in English. I have taught “modernism” in the arts as well as in literature. […]

Derek Walcott

At my blog, Derek Walcott on Immanent Occasions.    

Mental Excursions

Donald Wellman is a poet and translator. As editor of O.ARS, he produced a series of annual anthologies including Coherence (1981) and Translations: Experiments in Reading (1984). He has translated books of poetry by Antonio Gamoneda, Emilio Prados, Yvan Goll, and Roberto Echavarren. Albiach / Celan: Reading Across Languages is forthcoming (Spring 2017) from Annex Press. […]