The amazing Andrea Rivas has translated three of my poems into Spanish for the journal CÍRCULO DE POESÍA.
Gendered Poetics / Poéticas de género
How we land / Cómo llegamos a tierra
Mother / Madre
I don’t have a word of Spanish. But I do know that translation is quite a feat. I know what goes into it, and how involved with a poem the translator has to be. And so I am honoured that Andrea has given my poems that attention and that energy to bring them to a new audience.
Aurally, it is quite fun to look at these new poems (because they are new poems, these versions are as much by Andrea as they are by me – co-authored!)
In particular the ending of ‘Mother’ which ends
and ‘Madre’ ends
Which becomes less sinister and more guttural. I love it!