Visit CIRCUMFERENCE, a journal of poetry in translation. In protest of the recent U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control’s decision to prohibit publishers from editing works authored in nations under trade embargoes, the editors plan to dedicate an issue to the poetry in translation from Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Libya and Cuba. Here is their letter which was forwarded to me by a friend:
Subject: Circumference Responds to recent headlines
As many of you know ³The U.S. Treasury Department's Office of Foreign
Assets Control recently declared that American publishers cannot edit works
authored in nations under trade embargoes which include Iran, Iraq, Sudan,
Libya and Cuba.²
As the editors of CIRCUMFERENCE, a journal of poetry in translation founded
on principles of free and open exchange, we want to respond to this issue
in the most direct way that we can. We would like to dedicate a substantial
section of our next issue to poetry from these countries.
We are firm in our belief that not only do we have the right to do this,
but that translators working from the languages of these countries are
providing an incomparable and necessary service to audiences in this
country. Cross-cultural exchange through poetry and translation is a force
to be reckoned with.
We are writing in the hope that you will assist us in this effort in any
way you can: by helping us to gather work for the issue, by recommending
translators working on the poetry of these languages, by sending us your
own translations, and by spreading the word about this project.
The issue is projected to go to press in early summer. We will collect
translations through mid-April. CIRCUMFERENCE publishes all poems in the
original language alongside the English translation, so please ask
translators to send the original along as well. For more information about
CIRCUMFERENCE, visit our website at www.circumferencemag.com.
Thanks so much for your support and for any suggestions you might have.
With best wishes,
Stefania Heim & Jennifer Kronovet
P.O. Box 27
New York, NY
Translate a few poems yourself and spread the word. Help these principled editors put together an outstanding issue!