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Panther and Gazelle

By Paula Ludwig

Translated by Martina Thomson

Hearing Eye, 2012
2013 Number 2 - Between Clay and Star

Review by Jen Calleja

My office phone has the name ‘ Goll ’ next to a red light that is sometimes on and sometimes off. When I noticed this name with its urgent red light for the first time a couple of weeks ago I daydreamed that Yvan Goll was on the line wanting to tell me the secrets of his affair with Paula Ludwig. Panther and Gazelle, translations of a selection of poems... » Read review in full» More reviews in this issue

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Frivolous Women and Other Sinners / Frívolas y Pecadoras

By Alicia Borinsky

Translated by Cola Franzen and Alicia Borinsky

Swan Isle Press, ISBN 978 0 9748881 4 9

Dear S,
Enjoying my time between these pages populated with femme fatales, tricksters, and the little witch across the street. Here, words skip across the paper conjuring fabulous stories, half-told, as in Miracles of Nature where “She’s given birth to a kangaroo / curly eyelashes / sticky little body / she admires his courage licks and licks…”
The spare, plain language lends itself to a translation which is a mirror image, usually identical but occasionally foxed.
I am staying with the China Venus. I like her even though ‘whoever touches her vanishes / she reappears in the dreams of old masturbators / she disturbs the clerks and salesmen / evokes nostalgia in old women’.
x shazea

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