FRED LESSING, Holocaust survivor, psychotherapist, and retired professor of Philosophy, retained his native Dutch language after immigrating to America at age 12. He had no knowledge of Vasalis until his brothers asked him about "De idioot in het bad." Fred felt it was inspired by the same muse as much of David Young's poetry. That launched their project to make Vasalis' work available to English speaking lovers of poetry.
DAVID YOUNG is a poet (Field of Light and Shadow, 2010), editor (Field magazine and Oberlin College Press), and translator (Du Fu, Rilke, Petrarch, Holub) who enjoys collaborative translation, particularly with one of his oldest friends, Fred Lessing.