Author: Sophie Collins
Poetry. Edited by Sophie Collins. CURRENTLY & EMOTION is an innovative and extensive anthology of contemporary poetry translations. It presents a varied and carefully curated selection of works which foreground the translator, and, by showcasing a broad range of approaches, seeks to challenge dominant perceptions of translation as an uncomplicated literary service that simply facilitates access to foreign and/or historical texts. Comprised of 29 extended excerpts from book-or-pamphlet-length translation projects (rather than one-off translations of individual poems), either unpublished or published since 2010, the selection leans towards translations by and from female translators and authors, and towards work that shows awareness of, and that negotiates in interesting ways, the complex power dynamics inherent to every act of translation. In addition to the poems, the anthology includes extended introductory material by Sophie Collins, a preface by Er�n Moure and an afterword by Zo� Skoulding. The excerpts are accompanied by short contextualising notes based on discussions with the translators and (where possible) the authors of the source texts. CURRENTLY & EMOTION aims not to provide a definitive thesis on what the process and function of translation should be, but to encourage discussion about its challenges and possibilities, and the complex political and emotional issues with which it unavoidably engages. Contributors include: Christian Hawkey, Georg Trakl, Don Mee Choi, Caroline Bergvall, Lisa Robertson, Sawako Nakayasu, Sagawa Chika, Er�n Moure, Chus Pato, Molly Weigel, Jorge Santiago Perednik, Holly Pester, Sonja Kravanja, Tomaž Šalamun, Rosmarie Waldrop, Elfriede Czurda, Chantal Wright, Yōko Tawada, Zo� Skoulding, Rachael Allen, Linh Dinh, Mien Dang, Nguyen Quoc Chanh, Sandra Doller, Eric Such�re, Khairani Barokka, Brian Henry, Catherine Petit & Paul Buck, Colette Thomas, Anne Carson, Tara Bergin, Lawrence Venuti, J. V. Foix, Oli Hazzard, Vahni Capildeo, Hilary Kaplan, Ang�lica Freitas, Eliza Griswold, Karen Van Dyck, Uljana Wolf and Sophie Seita.