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Poems by Ofelia Zepeda & Anna Świrszczyńska
Translations by Ofelia Zepeda & Piotr Florczyk
Art by Kara Page & Kate Baird
Broadsided November 1, 2015
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Why Anna Świrszczyńska?
Piotr Florczyk: Anna Świrszczyńska's work teaches us to say less and mean more while we aim to make sense of ourselves and the world we live in.
Why this poem?
Kate Baird: I like things that appear to be straightforward but are not. I also like things that are straightforward. This poem struck me as both.
How does translation fit into your creative life?
Ofelia Zepeda: I claim I don’t translate my poetry whether it is from Tohono O’odham to English or vice versa instead I produce two pieces not independent from one another but simply versions of one another....
Read any good books lately?
Kara Page: The Mountains and the Feathers by Joe Wilkins
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Meet The Collaborators:
Poet Ofelia Zepeda is a member of the Tohono O'odham Nation of southern Arizona. She is the author of three books of poetry, lives in Tucson, and is a Regents' Professor of linguistics.
Artist Kara Page is an acrylic painter who grew up with the sagebrush and dust of Idaho.
Poet Anna Świrszczyńska is a significant Polish poet and playwright of the postwar period. She lived and wrote in Warsaw during the Nazi occupation.
Translator Piotr Florczyk is a poet, essayist, and translator. He lives in Santa Monica. www.piotrflorczyk.com
Artist Kate Baird lives in Springfield, MO. She is a painter and works as teaching artist with Placeworks, an arts outreach program for rural schools. www.katebairdart.com.
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