Synopses & Reviews
In this cahier, American poet Idra Novey explores several notions of translation through two sequences of poems. In the first sequence, and#147;Letters to C,and#8221; she addresses the figure and the words of a writer she has recently translated, Brazilian novelist Clarice Lispector. In the second, and#147;Regarding Marmalade, Cognates, and Visitors,and#8221; Novey looks at the connections between language, translation, and the hosting of visitors, including her newborn son. Idra Noveyand#8217;s texts are in conversation with works by the artist Erica Baumand#151;images of books that seem both to invite and resist attempts to read them.
andquot;Novey engages in another kind of call-and-response, that of her own poetic letters to Clarice Lispector, echoing Lispectorand#39;s letters to the novelist Fernando Sabino. Of her experience translating Lispector, Novey asks, and#39;What was I failing at / before thisandmdash;and why is it / failure makes a person feel / so irremediably alive?and#39; Indeed, why is the silence between places, between texts, between bodies, always a silence we want to fill? But silence matters as much as voice; and the why doesnand#39;t matter.andquot;
In this cahier, through two sequences of poems, American poet Idra Novey explores several notions of translation. In the first sequence, and#147;Letters to Clariceand#8221;, she writes from her experience of recently translating work by the Brazilian novelist Clarice Lispector, sending her chosen author poems in the form of letters. In the second sequence, and#147;Regarding Marmalade, Cognates, and Visitorsand#8221;, she discovers in what way translating relates to the activity of hosting visitors, most important of whom is her new-born son. Idra Noveyand#8217;s texts are complemented by images by the artist Erica Baum and#150; images of books that seem both to invite and resist attempts to read them.
About the Author
Idra Novey is the author of two collections of poetry, most recently Exit, Civilian, and the translator of numerous volumes of poetry and fiction, including The Passion According to G. H. by Clarice Lispector.Erica Baum is an artist living in New York City.
Table of Contents
Prefaceand#160;Letters to Cand#160;Regarding Marmalade, Cognates, and Visitorsand#160;Colophon