Saturday, November 19, 2011

Mouth: Eats Color - Sagawa Chika Translations, Anti-Translations, and Originals

Is now available for purchase here (, as the inaugural publication of Rogue Factorial. The webpage link is here: -
Mouth: Eats Color is a brilliant infra-textual work, brainchild of the bi-cultural poet/translator Sawako Nakayasu. The collection provokes, expands, and disavows the parameters of language and person and tradition, to forge a beautiful weave of performance and interrogation. This is a project of multilingual wit and passion, echo upon echo upon echo…..
------Anne Waldman

You will not read this book. Your mouth is full of birds, believe me. Their song is vulgar, coarse and that’s not their natural coloring. Or you either for that matter. If a translator is not polite, what good is she, if she asks what it matters who is speaking?
------Steve Dolph

Glorious transgressive inventivity of permutation! Reveling glissement, poem into poem---it’s really a single poem, it’s the single poem that realizes the dream in which there is no “original”---which implicitly asks, then, what a poem is: a burst of moving words, words moved, like the reader is, deeply. The glass, the gloves, the sun pouring down. The reader is mostly the sun pouring down. The text.
------Cole Swensen

Don't ever let anyone tell you that literature exists for the sake of truth: rather, it exists to create better and more beautiful lies, and to enshrine like insects frozen in crystal the gorgeous and inventive asymmetry of mistakes. In this rigorously irreverent book, Sawayaka not only accepts the fact that every translation is "always already" [sorry] a mistranslation, but capitalizes on it, romping, torquing, messing up, re-galvanizing. A tour de force!
------Nada Gordon

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