Three Contemporary Truths

by Conceição Lima

I believe in the invisible
I believe in the levitation of witches
I believe in vampires
Because they are

The literal translation of this poem was made by Stefan Tobler

The final translated version of the poem is by The Poetry Translation Workshop


Stefan's literal version didn't need much adjustment, as you can see. We contracted his first line. We stayed with 'levitation', even though we tend to think of witches as flying rather than levitating, because that's the (odd also in Portuguese) word the poet chose. And we went with 'Because they are' because it's such an implacable statement.


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