Uproar over Biden inauguration poem translators underestimates literature’s power to cross borders

Apr 3, 2021 | INVESTING

While browsing a bookstore in St Petersburg, Russia, back in the golden days of 2019, when we could leave our Zoom bubbles, I searched for a translated copy of any of my four books. Russia is known for its illegal knock-offs.Yet, if I had found one of my titles translated in Cyrillic, I would not have been upset. I would have rejoiced. After decades of toiling with words, to see my name in print – in any language – is always validating. Which brings me to 22-year-old poet Amanda Gorman, whose…

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