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Corresponding Texts – Translation as a Call and Response

Posted in Autoren / poets, Marion Poschmann, Sharmila Cohen, translator / Übersetzer by lyrikline on 14. November 2017

When translator Sharmila Cohen sent lyrikline her translations of Marion Poschmann’s cycle of poems “künstliche Landschaften“, what we received was much more than a mere translation.

künstliche Lanschaften 1 / articifical landscapes 1 @Sharmila Cohen

Marion Poschmann’s künstliche Landschaften 1 / articifical landscapes 1 ©Sharmila Cohen

We found these experimental visualised texts so intestesting that we asked Sharmila if we could publish them here on our blog and she agreed.

künstliche Landschaften 2 / artificial landscapes

Marion Poschmann’s künstliche Landschaften 2 / articifical landscapes 2 ©Sharmila Cohen

Sharmila Cohen on this project:

This series is part of a project that investigates poetry translation as a correspondence between author and translator. For this translation, I took Marion Poschmann’s original poems and translated them in two ways: first by attempting to faithfully retain as much of the original content from the German version as possible; and then by writing new poems that directly responded to each of her texts. In this way, non-German-speaking readers gain insight into the German text through these two distinct vantage points. There is also a third sort of “translation” going on here: a visual representation of the translation act itself. Using various design elements, I attempted to show the movement and relationship between all three versions of each text, depicting a sense of call and response, as well as enforcing the notion of creative translation as an evolving form of interpretation.

künstliche Landschaften 3 / articifical landscapes 3

Marion Poschmann’s künstliche Landschaften 3 / articifical landscapes 3 ©Sharmila Cohen

About the translator:

Sharmila Cohen lives in Berlin, where she initially moved on a Fulbright Scholarship to investigate poetry in translation and now works as a freelance writer, translator, and editor. She is a co-founding editor of the translation press Telephone Books. Her work can be found in Harper’s Magazine, Circumference, and Epiphany, among other places.

künstliche Landschaften 4 / articifical landscapes 4

Marion Poschmann’s künstliche Landschaften 4 / articifical landscapes 4 ©Sharmila Cohen

German poet Marion Poschmann was asked to be this year’s lyrikline curator, tasked with selecting four German speaking poets to be recorded for the website in 2017. She will introduce her selections at an event at Haus für Poesie in Berlin on November 16, 2017.

künstliche Landschaften 5 / articifical landscapes 5

Marion Poschmann’s künstliche Landschaften 5 / articifical landscapes 5 ©Sharmila Cohen partner meeting @ poesiefestival berlin 2011

The 12th poesiefestival berlin from 17 to 24 June 2011 will be exploring landscapes of words, sounds and music. On June 19, the international partners of the lyrikline network will come together to exchange experiences and to focus on the next steps of development.
We expect partners from Belgium, Belarus, Catalonia, China, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Makedonia, The Netherlands, Portugal, Québec/Canada, Russia, Sweden, Serbia and  Slovenia.

For the fourth time, the festival will take place in cooperation with the Academy of the Arts, and will be held right by the Brandenburg Gate this year.  It will be featuring such stars of the international poetry scene as Marcel Beyer (Germany), Yves Bonnefoy (France) and Billy Collins (USA), the Cuban songwriter Silvio Rodríguez, actor, singer and violinist Iva Bittová (Czech Republic), and writer and singer-songwriter Peter Licht (Germany) – and many more.

An entire day will be devoted to the poets of the revolutions from Bahrain, Egypt, Tunisia, Libya and Lebanon. The translation workshop ‘VERSschmuggel’ will feature poets from France and Germany. e.poesie will be exploring the relationships between contemporary poetry and electronic music.

Find the full programme of poesiefestival berlin 2011 here:

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Das 12. poesiefestival berlin durchforscht vom 17. – 24.6.2011 Landschaften aus Wort, Ton und Musik. In diesem Rahmen kommen am 19.6. wieder einmal die Partner des internationalen Netzwerkes von zusammen, um weitere Schritte und Projekte zu planen und Erfahrungen auszutauschen. Mit dabei sind Partner aus Belgien, Belarus, China, Dänemark, Estland, Katalonien, Kroatien, Makedonien, Niederlande, Portugal, Québec/Kanada, Russland, Schweden, Serbien, Slowenien u.a.

Das poesiefestival berlin findet zum vierten Mal in Kooperation mit der Akademie der Künste statt, dieses Jahr direkt am Brandenburger Tor. Mit dabei sind internationale Stars der Poesie wie Marcel Beyer (Deutschland), Yves Bonnefoy (Frankreich) und Billy Collins (USA), der kubanische Liedermacher Silvio Rodríguez, die Sängerin und Violinistin Iva Bittová (Tschechien), sowie der Autor und Singer-Songwriter Peter Licht (Deutschland) u.v.a.

Ein ganzer Tag widmet sich den dichtenden Tongebern der Revolutionen aus Bahrain, Ägypten, Tunesien, Libyen und Libanon. Der diesjährige Übersetzungsworkshop „VERSschmuggel“ gilt Dichtern aus Frankreich und Deutschland. Zeitgenössische Poesie und elektronische Musik bringt e.poesie in Relation.

Das Programm des poesiefestival berlin 2011: poets @ poesiefestival berlin 2011: Konstantin Ames, Marcel Beyer, Nico Bleutge, Nora Bossong, Tsead Bruinja, Arno Calleja, Ulrike Draesner, Ricardo Domeneck, Eduard Escoffet, Daniel Falb, Eugen Gomringer, Dieter M. Gräf, Hendrik Jackson, Jazra Khaleed, KIM HyeSoon, Ursula Krechel, Björn Kuhligk, Zvonko Makovic, Thomas Möhlmann, Nikola Madzirov, Maryia Martysevich, Gregor Podlogar, Marion Poschmann, Ulrike Almut Sandig, Kathrin Schmidt, Sabine Scho, Tom Schulz, Sjón, Ulf Stolterfoht, Ron Winkler, Uljana Wolf, Judith Zander