Greetings to the People of Europe!
By Alemu Tebeje, translated by Chris Beckett, Alemu Tebeje
Over land and sea, your fathers came to Africa
and unpacked bibles by the thousand,
filling our ancestors with words of lo...
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Unveiling our brand new website, celebrating the very first issue of Modern Poetry in Translation!
Modern Poetry in Translation turned fifty in 2016! As part of our celebrations marking this anniversary year we've launched a special microsite dedicated to the very first issue of Modern Poetry in Translation.
This website makes the entire contents of the first issue publicly available for the first time since 1965, including all of the poems, a history page, commissi...
Fucking Obsessed - Nia Davies on translating Mariam Alatar
Fury drew me in to Mariam Alatar's poetry. At the Reel Iraq translation workshop, where these translations were made, I leafed through poem upon poem of defiance at social and gendered constraints, at abuse of religious faith, violence, oppressive family power dynamics, de-humanising technology, estrangement and war.
A foreign language is a paradoxical escape: it takes you out of yourself, but also back into yourself to places you didn’t know existed. To translate is to travel this unpredictable landscape. To live between languages, as in my case, is to be constantly moving over untrodden territory, negotiating internal and external boundaries of identity and meaning. I was born an e...
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