Femme Friday: Translated Poets

Translation is never easy but I have a feeling that translating poetry is even more difficult than normal. There is the cadence of the poem and all the hidden meanings behind word usage to consider. I don’t envy a translator in general, but it must take a special kind of professional to throw themselves into the poetry of another language and try to come out … Continue reading Femme Friday: Translated Poets

Map: Collected and Last Poems by Wisława Szymborska, translated by Clare Cavanagh and Stanisław Barańczak

Review: This is one of my Reading Nobel Women books, a complete collection of Wislawa Szymborska’s work, and it was amazing. A new collected volume from the Nobel Prize–winning poet that includes, for the first time in English, all of the poems from her last Polish collection One of Europe’s greatest recent poets is also its wisest, wittiest, and most accessible. Nobel Prize–winner Wislawa Szymborska … Continue reading Map: Collected and Last Poems by Wisława Szymborska, translated by Clare Cavanagh and Stanisław Barańczak

Madwomen: The “Locas mujeres” Poems of Gabriela Mistral, a Bilingual Edition

Review: Between the concept of the collection, that this is the bilingual edition, and that it has a short biography of the author, it’s kind of a one stop shop for this great poet. Showcasing women who are at the edges of their ability to cope and in a variety of situations, this collection is also surprisingly relatable. A schoolteacher whose poetry catapulted her to … Continue reading Madwomen: The “Locas mujeres” Poems of Gabriela Mistral, a Bilingual Edition

Water Sings Blue: Ocean Poems by Kate Coombs, illustrated by Meilo So

Review: Such an adorable collection! It’s made for kids, so the poems are mostly short and all cute, as are the accompanying illustrations. Come down to the shore with this rich and vivid celebration of the ocean! With watercolors gorgeous enough to wade in by award-winning artist Meilo So and playful, moving poems by Kate Coombs, Water Sings Blue evokes the beauty and power, the … Continue reading Water Sings Blue: Ocean Poems by Kate Coombs, illustrated by Meilo So

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

Review: I’ve read a lot of memoirs, but none that were done as a series of poems before. It really is a beautiful way to convey your story. My favorite was the first one, about the day she was born. Here’s some information from the back cover: Raised in South Carolina and New York, Woodson always felt halfway home in each place. In vivid poems, … Continue reading Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson