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Contributions by Eunice Odio:

“Corazón con parque y niños”

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Collaborators’ Q&A: Translator Keith Ekiss: This is “visual Odio.” The lines and colors flow and don’t appear to have any point of origin or termination, they curl and drift like smoke or blood. Artist Jennifer Moses: Oddly enough the poem in English translation evoked an abstract response conversely the Spanish translation seemed suited for a figurative narrative approach.

Poet Eunice Odio (1919-1974) is considered the leading Costa Rican poet of the twentieth century. Translator Keith Ekiss is the author of Pima Road Notebook (New Issues Poetry & Prose, 2010) and the translator of The Fire’s Journey (Tavern Books, 2013) by Eunice Odio.  Artist Jennifer Moses is a painter living in Boston.

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“Heart with Park and Children”

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Collaborators’ Q&A: Translator Keith Ekiss: Maybe I’m romanticizing the original Spanish, but Odio’s poem seems more mysterious, more secretive than my translation. This is a shy poem. Artist Jennifer Moses: I think trying to approximate a sensation or image in relation to language is similar to a translation.

Poet Eunice Odio (1919-1974) is considered the leading Costa Rican poet of the twentieth century. Translator Keith Ekiss is the author of Pima Road Notebook (New Issues Poetry & Prose, 2010) and the translator of The Fire’s Journey (Tavern Books, 2013) by Eunice Odio.  Artist Jennifer Moses is a painter living in Boston.

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