A writing prompt: This prompt comes from Language is A Virus.
According to the site:
Homolinguistic translation: Take a poem (someone else’s, then your own) and translate it “English to English” by substituting word for word, phrase for phrase, line for line, or “free” translation as response to each phrase or sentence. Or translate the poem into another literary style or a different diction, for example into a slang or vernacular. Do several different types of homolinguistic translation of a single source poem. (Cf.Six Fillious by bp nichol, Steve McCaffery, Robert Fillious, George Brecht, Dick Higgins, Dieter Roth, which also included translation of the poem to French and German.) Chaining: try this with a group, sending the poem on for “translation” from person to another until you get back to the first author.
I used the poem, “The Imaginal Stage” by D.A. Powell as the inspiration for my writing.
This is what I ended up with after utilizing a thesaurus and rewriting for cohesion.
Inventive Theater by T.L. Breitweiser
On the plane where we change
I move away into a view of abundant worlds.
Rather than suns,
Abundant corners are fancy to scorch.
Do not settle
An ending opportunity
When instantly they indeed appear
To settle with the mundane.
Quiver and alter
The remains of my mind
The end game is we combust
Apt to escalate at dawn
When I share my feathers.
This was an interesting exercise and more difficult than I first imagined. I would like to try it with students. I would only give students one stanza as it can be frustrating to find words that fit. As someone who is often considered a wordsmith the words did not come as easily as I thought they would!
Try this! I would love to hear about how it goes.
Tammy Breitweiser is a writer and teacher who is a force of nature and woman of honor; seer of nuance; accidental inspirationalist; keeper of the little red doors, and conjurer of everyday magic who is busy writing short stories. A future Minnesotan temporarily hiding in Indiana, her poetry has been published in The Storyteller Magazine and her flash fiction in The Ninja Writers Monthly and Elephant Never. Her essay is published in the I Wrote it Anyway anthology. You can also connect with Tammy through Twitter @TLBREIT.