Washing Lines


This tender, delicate poem full of the fresh imagery of washing and clotheslines articulates the alienation someone like Karin Karakaşlı experiences as an Armenian living in Turkey.

As with her other two poems, it was a delight to translate. Our main interventions, as you'll see if you compare our final version with Canan's literals, were mainly concerned with altering the order of the syntax since, in English, it's usually best to put the subject at the beginning of a sentence.

Sarah Maguire, Workshop Facilitator