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Found in Translation: Mining Poems from the Subconscious A workshop with poet Sholeh Wolpé
Start Date: 3/1/2018Start Time: 3:00 PM
End Date: 3/1/2018End Time: 5:00 PM

Event Description
Words are only music in a language you don’t understand. Meaning changes when you don’t know the culture from which a poem comes from. We often hear the phrase “Lost in Translation” because it is easy to fail a poem, its music and meaning in the act of moving it from one language and culture to another. Hence, a good translation is often a re-creation. But what if we took a poem in its original form and let it inspire us? Take us to a place we might otherwise never go?

In this workshop we will examine “Windup Doll,” a beautiful and musical poem by the iconic 20th Century Iranian poet, Forugh Farrokhzad. You will listen to a recording of her reading (in Persian) and follow the poem in transliteration along with its word-by-word translation. You will then be asked to write a creative translation based on your take on where the poem carries you. How does your world intersect with Forugh’s? Can you mimic the music or cadence of her poem?

Poems generated in this workshop will be considered for an anthology of poems based on Farrokhzad’s Windup Doll.
Location Information:
*WU Campus - Ford Hall
Room: 102 -- Kremer Board Room
Contact Information:
Name: Nyrie Mietzke
Phone: (805) 450-4719
Sholeh Wolpe
Admission / Ticket Info:
This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required due to limited seats. To register for the event, please email with your name and affiliation.
Event Sponsor(s):
This event is funded by the Mellon Learning by Creating Visiting Artist Award and sponsored by the Religious Studies Department, English Department, and Women’s and Gender Studies Program.

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