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2022 Words Without Borders–Academy of American Poets National Translation Month Series

September 2022

To celebrate National Translation Month, we’ve once again partnered with the Academy of American Poets to bring you a series of four poems in translation published throughout the month of September. Translated from Spanish, Malay, Arabic, and French, the poems will appear in Words Without Borders and the Academy of American Poets’ “Poem-a-Day.” Each translation will be accompanied by its original-language text and audio recordings by the authors and translators.

Sculpture of Coyolxauhqui
who were these goddesses
By Jeannette L. Clariond
An excerpt from Jeannette L. Clariond’s Goddesses of Water, translated by Samantha Schnee, and the first selection from the 2022 Words Without Borders–Academy of American Poets Poems in Translation collection honoring National Translation Month.
Translated from Spanish by Samantha Schnee
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yellow smoke curling against a black background
Photo by Олег Жилко on Unsplash
kretek-ing
By Zahid M. Naser
Read Zahid M. Naser’s “kretek-ing,” the second poem in the Words Without Borders—Academy of American Poets National Translation Month series, translated by Pauline Fan.
Translated from Malay by Pauline Fan
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The Monastery of Saint Naum
Fif' from Paris, France, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons
Near the Shrine of Saint Naum
By Najwan Darwish
Read Najwan Darwish’s “Near the Shrine of Saint Naum,” the third poem in the Words Without Borders—Academy of American Poets National Translation Month series, translated by Kareem James Abu-Zeid.
Translated from Arabic by Kareem James Abu-Zeid
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