Translation (for Montserrat Roig), poem by Kerfe Roig (SAME NAME Poetry and Prose Series)

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Translation (for Montserrat Roig)
by Kerfe Roig

Translations are necessary.
The blood begins in Catalan.
Roig becomes rojo becomes red.
You knew these three songs of the tongue.
You knew about women. You knew
translations are necessary
between silenced lives of women
and loud words from the lives of men.
You knew relationships always
contain questions. Never simple:
translations are necessary.
The same meaning? Not exactly.
What language do I really speak?
Is it contained in the center
of the journey from roig to red?
Translations are necessary.

AUTHOR’S NOTE ON THE IMAGE: Me (left), Montserrat Roig(right), and the transition from roig to red, Catalonia to America.

NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR: Montserrat Roig (1946-1991) was a fiction writer, essayist, TV journalist, and political activist committed to Catalan culture and feminism. She was especially interested in the generational relationships between women and the marginal nature of women’s writing. I did not become…

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14 responses to “Translation (for Montserrat Roig), poem by Kerfe Roig (SAME NAME Poetry and Prose Series)”

  1. Laura (Createarteveryday) says :

    The trademark grid! Lovely as always. 💜

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  2. Charlie O'Shields (doodlewash) says :

    Wow! So the image is stunning and of course loving the grid😉, but that poem?! It’s masterful and so thought-provoking. Really nice work Kerfe! ❤️

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  3. Jane Dougherty says :

    Such an intricate subject, treading time and language. Catalonia is like much of northern Spain, a different country. Another layer to your layers of meaning and ancestry.

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  4. Jodi says :

    Oh Kerfe! This is exceptional today! The words the imagry, the art! Blown away today! Deeply admiring you!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Sharon Mann says :

    I think discovering your ancestry and interpreting it through art and poems can only help to internalize the threads of your life. Beautiful work.

    Liked by 1 person

    • memadtwo says :

      Thanks Sharon. It’s interesting to me that when I was growing up in Ohio and Maryland people downplayed their ethnicity. They were American. But I think it’s good that people now acknowledge their ancestry.

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  6. kirkistan says :

    Really cool effect.

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