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Poetry

Terra Incognita

By Rowan Ricardo Phillips
Translated from English by Melcion Mateu
Listen in original language
 
 

I plugged my poem into a manhole cover
That flamed into the first guitar,
Jarred the asphalt and tar to ash,
And made from where there once was
Ground a sound instead to stand on.

“Terra Incognita” from The Ground by Rowan Ricardo Phillips. © 2012 by Rowan Ricardo Phillips. Reprinted by permission of Farrar, Straus and Giroux, LLC. 

English English

I plugged my poem into a manhole cover
That flamed into the first guitar,
Jarred the asphalt and tar to ash,
And made from where there once was
Ground a sound instead to stand on.

“Terra Incognita” from The Ground by Rowan Ricardo Phillips. © 2012 by Rowan Ricardo Phillips. Reprinted by permission of Farrar, Straus and Giroux, LLC. 

Terra Incognita

Vaig connectar el poema a una tapa de claveguera
que, encesa en flames, fou la primera guitarra;
esmicolà el quitrà i l'asfalt en cendres
i transformà l'indret que era el sòl,
en un so sols per a clavar-hi els peus.

 

“Terra Incognita” from The Ground by Rowan Ricardo Phillips. © 2012 by Rowan Ricardo Phillips. By arrangement with Farrar, Straus and Giroux, LLC. Translation © 2016 by Melcion Mateu. All rights reserved.

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