International Translation Day

The Slemani City of Literature celebrates International Translation Day 2021 by inviting translators from across the Creative Cities Network to translate W.S. Merwin’s poem, From the Start. The poem was chosen for its theme, concept, and length, which resonate perfectly with the aims of International Translation Day, to promote the vast number of languages spoken in the network. In a happy coincidence, Sept. 30 is also Merwin’s birthday. Learn more about these translations on social media using the hashtags #COLTranslates #ITD #InternationalTranslationDay.

From the Start

Who did I think was listening

when I wrote down the words

in pencil at the beginning

words for singing

to music I did not know

and people I did not know

would read them and stand to sing them

already knowing them

while they sing they have no name