Katie Farris

Katie Farris is the author of boysgirls, (Marick Press, 2011), a hybrid form text which has been lauded as “truly innovative,” (Prague Post), and “a little tour de force” (Robert Coover). She’s a co-editor of Gossip and Metaphysics: Russian Modernist Poems and Prose (Tupelo Press, 2014), and has also co-translated several books of poetry from the French, Chinese, and Russian. Her translations and original work have appeared in anthologies published by Penguin and Greywolf, as well as literary journals including Virginia Quarterly Review, Western Humanities Review, and Hayden’s Ferry. She received her MFA in Literary Arts from Brown University. Currently, she is an Associate Professor at the MFA program at San Diego State University as well as a core faculty member at New England College’s MFA program.

If I Were Born in Prague by Guy Jean translated by Ilya Kaminsky and Katie Farris

If I were born in Prague I’d avoid baroque concerts in libraries, libraries with plaster rosettes, libraries with flowers, libraries, with bland «Virgin and child». I would avoid it all. I’d avoid talkative American women, the Little wax Jesus, Jesus who coughs in my childhood, in my father’s vocabulary: «soft […]