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.
“Explore What Sparks Poetry” is made possible with funding from The Virginia Commission for the Arts.