On the March 23, 2014 Poetry Show broadcast, host Dennis Morton welcomed guest Michael Wolfe, who has had a multifaceted career as publisher, translator, teacher/lecturer, documentary filmmaker – and poet. In addition to a discussion of today’s issues in the Muslim world, Michael shared some of his translations, some of his own poetry, and a bit about his own conversion to and experiences in Islam.
Michael Wolfe is perhaps best known as a documentary filmmaker. His film about the life of Muhammad, titled Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet, was produced by PBS.
Michael Wolfe’s latest translation project is titled: Cut These Words Into My Stone: Ancient Greek Epitaphs. From Michael’s website:
“Over a hundred tiny poems, some dating back to the dawn of Greek writing, collected in five historical sections with spare introductions that offer a context for these delicate, intimate bits of tombstone verse, one to a page with the Greek and the English, each summing up in a handful of words another ancient life. These epitaphs are anything but morbid: they form a vivid mosaic, tile by tile.”