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Book Review: “Plainwater” by Anne Carson

Yesterday someone came into the shop and picked up the book where I had left it open. She liked: the persona confused over a drowned dog. She disliked: the sentence “Air cracks apart like a green fruit.”(124) This is to her too self-satisfied, and asked was this a poem at all, this diary entry of… Keep Reading

Musings/Review

On Hiromi Itō (to Itō Hiromi)

Hiromi Itō Itō Hiromi I don’t know what to say about you more than I got so confused with your poetry-prose in verse I think about Bolaño in an interview I saw on Youtube in La Belleza de Pensar (The Beauty of Thinking) he says something like the best poets in the 20th century have… Keep Reading

Essays/Long read

A Small but Maximalist Translatological Manifesto by Stanisław Barańczak: An untranslatable text on translation

I When we were very young, in 1990, a brilliant Polish translator named Stanislaw Barańczak wrote this brilliant essay about translation. Paradoxically, the text itself resists translation, that is, unless one is prepared to follow a rather twisted scenario worthy of a Borgesian imagination. Untranslated, the essay remains largely unknown abroad and even in Poland… Keep Reading

Musings

I want to love reality as much as Pasolini and Weil do

I keep having this discussion with the person I like the most in the world; he once translated to Danish Sylvia Plath’s I am Vertical in one night, and I felt so offended. You have to respect her. You have to respect her work. We still sometimes joke about it, but I realise I’m committing the… Keep Reading

Musings

The Cruelty of Emotions

The Oxford Dictionary defines cruelty as  “cruel behaviour or attitudes”. At the same time, cruel is defined as “causing pain or suffering”. Example: ‘the winters are long, hard, and cruel’ The Oxford Dictionary defines emotion as “a strong feeling deriving from one’s circumstances, mood, or relationships with others.” Example: ‘How could she have let him… Keep Reading

Ark Review/Essays

Poetry 101

As a teenager, I developed a special fascination for Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer’s Rimas y Leyendas. I would read those poems over and over again, and daydream about the moment my crush would recite me Rhyme 21 while laying on the grass on a sunny Saturday afternoon in a park in Barcelona; ¿Qué es poesía?, dices… Keep Reading

Ark Review/Musings

The prose of the poets

The prose of the poets is what permits those who fail to read poems to nevertheless hear a poet’s voice. This one certainty arrives in the midst of many possibilities: it can be a sacrifice, a paradox and a stratagem. Above all, however, it can be a delight. The prose of the poets can be… Keep Reading

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Pure Pleasure: My Cohen Crush

I want to share my first time with you. A wooden bench in St. James Park, London. June 14th 2013. A sunny day, ducks in the pond and that sweet smell of summer, and then ahh. Pure pleasure. Because this happened: Let me repeat that for you: You came to me this morning And you handled… Keep Reading

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