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reading translation no. 1

I admit: I’m un-intimate with any other language past English. And for a time now, I’ve been reckless in my study of French since I’ve managed to quit before convincing myself that I should, at least, try in pursuit of enjoying the critical theory that I’ve read in its native language. In my defense, I didn’t want to waste more money on something that’s not practical. Although, in a memory — one 2016 translation class ago — I found myself struggling with understanding language. Thoughts like: Is a translated poem a different entity than the original one? Meanings differ per translator and there will be better translators that capture the sound as well as the meaning. A poem will always be lost in translation even if the reader is callous. A translated poem lives a dual life — one of its own existence and the other in its translators’. One thing remained attainable, close and unloose amidst all the losses: language. Language was not lost, in spite of all that happened. But it had to go …

It Comes in Pieces 👽

They put a sign on it saying it is for health, beauty, perspective; that it is for peace, for prosperity; that it was planted by the mayor’s daughter. All of this is mystification. The city itself lives on its own myth.  Thomas Merton I’ve come to recognize the term, “Anthropocene” through a random purchase from Green Apple Books in 2016. I was convinced by the possibility of writing investigative poetry while eavesdropping on a graduate class centered on it. (A class I didn’t signup for because I was in a hurry to graduate.) In my attempt to pursue a topic, I bought GRAIN VAPOR RAY with intention to write about issues focused on the anthropocene. It was to focus on the realities of climate change. n. 1. the current geological age, viewed as the period during which human activity has been the dominant influence on climate and the environment. ANTHROPOCENE I lost interest in the project. I preferred to write about the self through myth since one of my ex-classmates was into the topic of …