Young Poets Networkers translate over Zoom

For the second time, The Poetry Society’s Young Poets Network teamed up with Modern Poetry in Translation to challenge young writers worldwide to try their hand at translating poetry. This summer, young poets are being asked to translate a Persian poem by Suhrab Sirat, an Afghan poet in exile.

As part of this partnership YPN and MPT set up a free poetry translation workshop with MPT editor and poet Clare Pollard on 14 July 2020. Normally, this would have taken place at The Poetry Café, but instead took place over Zoom, meaning that young writers from India and the USA were able to participate. Twelve young poets came together to create a group translation of ‘Örökösök’ or ‘Inheritors’ by Hungarian poet Anna Szabó. They worked from a ‘bridge’ translation and notes from Szabó herself. Read the finished translation here.

The speakers are all liars, sweating red
sunset, orange sunrise vibrates the TV
at dinner, the conversation
doesn’t start again…

Find out more about this year’s translation challenge, launched during Refugee Week 2020, here. If you are aged 25 or younger, there’s still time to enter – you don’t need to know any other languages to take part and the winning translation will be published in Modern Poetry in Translation. Closing 16 August 2020.

14 July 2020