PUBLISHED IN THE issue ILLUMINATED PATHS, 2019 NUMBER 2
NOTE on this poem by Kim Moore
I met Volha at the 2017 Struga Poetry Festival in Macedonia and we have been slowly working together to translate her poetry into English ever since – this process involves Volha producing a ‘literal’ English translation of her work and then a back and forth email exchange.
Her research around the body and gender is often prevalent in her work, and as can be seen in this poem, contains both darkness and humour. The poem is from her new collection Black Poppies due to be published in March 2019 in Belarus. The poems in Black Poppies explore trauma and transformation, using language as a way of both containing trauma and explaining it, in order to continue living.