Extract from Michael Mitchell's translation

Helmut Krausser's The Babel Denotation

From Babel's panoramic platform

you could see, when it was clear,

Atlantis edging the horizon.

From the Ganges to Messina

stretched a world of dangerous beauty.

Most found danger, ours the beauty.

To the North we saw a sunset

red with fire and smoke, burnt offerings

from the barbecue of Baal.

The South was alien, sphynxophrenic,

morbid, full of defunct pharaohs

stored in massive tetrapacks.