The Disease – A poem written a few years before 9/11

This poem was written somewhere between 1997 and 1999. I was living in the top floor of a dilapidated old building that used to be the Ottawa train station master’s home. Over the years I seem to have developed the uncanny ability to make oblique references to tragedies and disasters before they happen. Just the… Read More The Disease – A poem written a few years before 9/11

Does ‘translating’ Shakespeare into modern English diminish its greatness?

Sheila T Cavanagh, Emory University An uproar ensued after it was reported that the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF) – southern Oregon’s 80-year-old annual theatrical extravaganza – would be commissioning playwrights to “translate” all of Shakespeare’s plays into modern English. The project drew jeers from Shakespearean professors, arts practitioners and others who believe passionately in the… Read More Does ‘translating’ Shakespeare into modern English diminish its greatness?