Temptation's lesson says: choose the uncontested one, pear-shaped, alone, red creeping along its side the way a blush steals over a man's cheeks when he comes.
from the book Inside the Storm I Want to Touch the Tremble / The University of Utah Press

What Sparks Poetry is a serialized feature in which we invite poets to explore experiences and ideas that spark new poems. 

In our series focused on Translation, we invite poet-translators to share seminal experiences in their practices, bringing poems from one language into another. How does the work of translating feel essential to the writing of one’s own poetry? Our contributors reflect on inspiring moments as intricate as a grammatical quirk and as wide-ranging as the history or politics of another place. 

Robin Myers on Javier Peñalosa M.'s "The Crane"
Photo: Robin Myers
Xi Chuan (translated from the Chinese by Lucas Klein)
the vast sea dies, and you will have to die the dragon king dies, and you will have to die the moon doesn't mourn, there's no one on the moon the stars don't mourn, the stars aren't flesh and blood
Corrie Williamson
You could say and not lie              that this is most of what I long for in the way of distance and the way of desire: may the fetters fall from all of us this year.       May the wild light              get way down in our bones. May we without requital, mercy one another with hands like wings,                                                 with unarmed hands.
Lim Solah (translated from the Korean by Olan Munson & Oh Eunkyung)
Again I clasp the broken watch on my wrist and put on the flower print dress. I flop down into a flower garden flowerless.
Kylie Gellatly
A Collage Poem with Sources from Cookbooks.

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