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Poetry “translation”

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[fake translation]

First part of a poem “translated” from Estonian as per the instructions below –
with my sincere apologies to the author:

a philosopher kissed me
one day last week
light whisky bouquet
mermaid-me weakened
honed the edges of Kazakh axes
now go, vanish, million hinges
OMG, could you see it, yup, it is gone now
he gave me okkalin lilies – so je t’aime like


The original poem, called Metrics and Ethics, is written by Jürgen Rooste, and is well worth reading.

filosoofiline küsimus
õdaku laskudes
leige viski loksudes
määrdunud veeklaasis
vanaaegses kaheksatahkses
nagu vaasis milles hing
võtab oma õige kuju ja õitseb nagu
õurgav okkaline lill – lihasööjataim

Prompt: “Translate” a poem written in a language you don’t know. Pick a language and a poem from the Poetry International Language List. Use the sound and shape of the words and lines to guide you, without worrying too much about whether your translation makes sense.


Written by Solveig Hansen

April 16, 2013 at 8:40 pm

Posted in NaPoWriMo 2013, Poems

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  1. This is



    April 24, 2013 at 12:02 am

  2. This is fantastic! I must give it a try! Loving yor prompts, great idea, thank you! Sorry about my misfire comment… :)



    April 24, 2013 at 12:04 am

    • Thanks for stopping by! The prompts are from http://www.napowrimo.net/ – this whole month has been one long writing exercise.

      I added your site to my blogroll. Love your poems. :-)


      Zol H

      April 24, 2013 at 12:23 am

      • Thank you so much for the website!

        And thank you for adding my blog! I love your work too, very inspiring!




        April 24, 2013 at 12:25 am

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