Micaela Brinsley in conversation with Cynthia Citlallin Delgado Huitrón on the nature of maps.
2020 took away a lot from people, differently. Some were forced to leave their jobs to care for their families.
I began with one short, circumscribed, parenthetical, untitled poem, in a language I didn’t know, a spark of encounter and revelation, purposely fragmentary, and from these four lines, Paul Celan’s poetry has grown outward for me and become immense.
If we can now freeze genes, / why not write a book of snow / on a field lain fallow / and read it / to pumpkin seeds
The church is dark and / quiet except for a woman who / looks to be about ninety years / old, kneeling and sobbing
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Writers are given the liberty to explore their ideas over a series of pieces. These ‘threads’ are woven together thematically or stylistically, and lightly but deftly touch on the feelings, objects, memories, and passions that pervade our days, crystallising them into psychological and artistic truth. They aim to "feel at each thread" of the mingled webs of our lives, as Pope says in his An Essay on Man: 'The spider’s touch, how exquisitely fine! Feels at each thread, and lives along the line.'
Paraphrasis is the column in which writers are invited to join the modest but arcane craft of the translator by engaging with poetry, prose, visual arts or music. Here (as T.S. Eliot observes when speaking about Pound's translations of Sextus Propertius) the reader who is a classical scholar "will wonder why this does not conform to his notions of what translation should be. It is not a translation, it is a paraphrase".
In light of the recent global crisis, as well as the lockdown of multiple countries around the world, we have decided to publish a few new pieces every day in this special issue. Unlike our monthly issues and ‘The Thread’, our special issue will not feature original works submitted to LPB. Instead, we will feature work by a selection of the LPB team’s favourite artists, writers and musicians, to keep you company through these dark days, in the same way that they are doing so for us.
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