Poems

Fingerprints

If we could write
simply by placing
fingerprints
on a page
it would relieve
the pain we endure
trying to be original
at any price

Translation notes

Translating this tiny poem involved much thought and discussion. We struggled for some time with the title: in the original French, it's 'Prints' not 'Fingerprints' (though that word crops up in the third line). But 'prints' in English has far wider connotations than in French. So we stuck with 'Fingerprints'.

Most of our efforts centred on trying to make our final version sound as 'light' and colloquial as the original - as close to ordinary speech in English. Do let us know how you think we got on!

2 Comments

1 Andra

Make sure people can hear you. Learn how to loeson and tighten the thingie on the mike that makes it go up and down, and adjust accordingly. Don’t read too fast. Don’t read too slow.Start with something funny (XJ Kennedy taught me this, though come to think of it has he written a serious poem?).Don’t just mention all the faces you recognize; welcome and thank those you don’t recognize.Some people can drink lots of high balls before a reading. I envy them because I have to be sober, or mostly sober. If you are a lightweight like me, hold off on the booze till after the clapping. Practice reading your poems a little bit before you get up on stage and belt them out. That way if you’re nervous you might not lose your place or get tongue-tied. There’s a special place in hell for those who disregard time limits.

2 Elizangela

Hello.Excuse me for doing this but I just can’t let it go.for the past couple of hours Ive been triyng to patchthe Der Langrisser you guys has translated.But I can not do it.thing is i can never found Der Langrisser V1.1 (J) ROM as the Input File. It must have a file size of 2,097,152 bytes this rom I must require.I tried v 1.1 w/  2,097,664 bytes and v 1.0 w/ 2,097,152 bytesbut came out like this To directly patch source file, a temporary file is being made.Upon successful patching, the target file will be replaced with this.Applying patch file H:\der lang\dl.ups’  Reading file H:\der lang\Der Langrisser (1.0) (ja-JP).smc’  Target file is H:\der lang\Der Langrisser (1.0) (ja-JP).smc.utm’  Patch application will take approximately 0 minute(s), 2 second(s).Please be patient   UI will not be responsive during this time.Failed! Input checksum is invalid.  Please help me out.Thank you.

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