Translator's notes

Nothing Stops Other Birds

By ARIANE DREYFUS

To me, this is a child imagining she is a princess and, eventually, as she flops over to float, like a bird, hence the title -- if they can do it, so can I.

I had a tussle with the soleil and sol in lines 16 and 18 because of the disappearing sun in 'sol', which you can't have as floor and I felt wasn't really 'ground'. 'Mud' seemed overdoing it, so I settled for 'seabed', which feels a bit intrusive.

I took out the personne/somebody/nobody ambiguity because I felt a 'nobody-shaped' thing is nothing but nonetheless a thing, so is ambiguous already.

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