Translator's notes

Nothing Stops Other Hatchlings

By ARIANE DREYFUS

Much like how a baby bird stretches out her wings, I wanted to stress how for this little hatchling girl, being a princess involves not refraining from passionate discovery of the world but from wholeheartedly embracing this freedom and lack of "decorum" to "fly", in a sense, past the limit of the horizon. The aural quality of the poem helps to convey her utter freedom from the "others" who rest on the beach, unable to fly forth, as well as convey her natural child-like, affirming sense of wonder for a world she knows to be within her grasp if she is brave enough only to reach out, despite the borders set by the very others she swims from.

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