DAY 5- NAPOWRIMO’18 – Colour as mesmerized!

Way cool, a Dutch poem of mine got chosen for today’s prompt by a fellow participant! #NaPoWriMo day 5 has been a fabulous day 🙂 Thank you Preethi!

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Day 5:  Today’s (optional) prompt, we’d like to challenge you to write a poem that, like the work in Translucence, reacts both to photography and to words in a language not your own. Begin with a photograph. Now find a poem in a language you don’t know (here’s a good place to look!) Ignore any accompanying English translation (maybe cover it up, or cut-and-paste the original into a new document). Now start translating the poem into English, with the idea that the poem is actually “about” your photograph. Use the look and feel of the words in the original to guide you along as you write, while trying to describe your photograph. It will be a bit of a balancing act, but hopefully it will lead to new and beautiful (and possibly very weird) places.

I choose a poem in the Dutch Language, found this poem from one of…

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6 thoughts on “DAY 5- NAPOWRIMO’18 – Colour as mesmerized!

  1. Dawn D

    Cool! I don’t post in my own language (plus I’m hidden!) so no chance to be selected, but I think it’s very cool you were. I don’t ‘speak’ Dutch, but I think the English poem has a much lighter tone than the original one… am I mistaken?

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      1. Angela van Son Post author

        I agree. I’ve chosen an abstract picture for my second attempt. It will start from a language I don’t understand at all (words, grammar, nothing at all looks familiar) and then there’s the abstract picture for inspiration. I’m wondering if I’ll despair or feel free!

      2. Dawn D

        I think I’d feel despair, which is the base feeling at the moment, so I’ll probably not attempt. Enough despair as is in my life. I’d just started to write about it…
        I hope for you you gain freedom!

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