Lim Solah (translated from the Korean by Olan Munson & Oh Eunkyung)
Again I clasp the broken watch on my wrist and put on the flower print dress. I flop down into a flower garden flowerless.
from the book Grotesque Weather and Good People / Black Ocean

What Sparks Poetry is a serialized feature in which we invite poets to explore experiences and ideas that spark new poems. 

In our series focused on Translation, we invite poet-translators to share seminal experiences in their practices, bringing poems from one language into another. How does the work of translating feel essential to the writing of one’s own poetry? Our contributors reflect on inspiring moments as intricate as a grammatical quirk and as wide-ranging as the history or politics of another place. 

Robin Myers on Javier Peñalosa M.'s "The Crane"
Photo: Robin Myers
Kylie Gellatly
A Collage Poem with Sources from Cookbooks.
Analicia Sotelo
the suppression of language through the renaming of art and archival objects, the suppression of language through talks of money and fine new establishments at the peak of popularity.
Javier Peñalosa M. (translated from the Spanish by Robin Myers)
I stared, afraid to touch: I’d never known about the drawing-out of death, this trembling beyond pain.
Danielle Cadena Deulen
Recall the feel of sap, the rules of hide-and-seek, the bitter milk of dandelion dared to the tongue.

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