“as a mouse” by Simone Kornappel
A circular poem for Words Without Borders.
Simone Kornappel often makes poems in unusual shapes, and “as a mouse” was one such example. The form was a very important element of the translation process.
From my translator’s note:
The difficulty of translating a circle is not the geometry. In an analog age, I might have written my English version on a turntable. Indeed, Simone Kornappel’s mystifying poem “as a mouse” most resembles a vinyl record: a discus that flaunts its Platonic form before exposing its outlandish sound. The poem even skips midway. And, like a 45-rpm single, it closes with a gaping hole after the final chord.