Of the many generations of books on earth

I have only read a few,

the few that in my mind I go on reading still—

reading and changing.

 

Jorge Luis Borges  

from In Praise of Darkness

trans. Norman Thomas di Giovanni, 1969

 

 

these poems

 

 

Of the generations of texts on earth

I have only read a few—

the ones that I keep reading in my memory—

reading and transforming.

 

Jorge Luis Borges  

from In Praise of Darkness

trans. Hoyt Rogers, from Selected Poems  1999