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After reading it, I thought, "Wow, I wish I had written that." My next thought was, "I will." The only way to follow through, naturally, was to write it in English, since it already existed in Spanish.
Sometimes rain in all its extension is a gauze that doesn't fall, is just covers, at least when it doesn't poke holes, when what hurts is so wide that you can't see its curvature, when that instant is one of those gridded housing developments, ashy, sprouted from the Arizona desert in the service of a highway that no one drives by on anymore.
Read Russia will hold its first annual Russian Literature Week from Monday, December 1, to Friday, December 5, 2014. PEN is proud to have several members taking part in events.
As a poet, I believe that the act of translation is that of recreation. A translator of poetry can become the unwitting destroyer of poems, or alternately, a creator of new ones.
Next comes the Valley of Love. / Walk here and drown in fire / for in this valley only fire lives. / If you are not a lover of fire, / then leave, / because a true lover / is one with fire, / a true lover ignites, / sizzles and chars like fire.
The PEN Prison Writing Committee, in collaboration with Culture Project, hosted an annual reading to celebrate the 2014 Prison Writing Contest winners.