Home #Blue Nib Issues Issue 40 | December 2019 | Writing in a second language

Writing in a second language

La pistola 

che ho puntato alla tempia 

si chiama poesia.

Non sono una donna 

addomesticabile.

Il poeta non rigetta mai 

le proprie ombre.

Alda Merini, Aforismi e magie

Writing in a second language is an excruciating path of checking and rechecking spelling, syntax, grammar and punctuation. You don’t only need to write differently; you need to think differently. Literary translating from one language to the other does not work. It can be all right...

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