A bilingual tanka in Irish and English in response to street art in Amsterdam

Gabriel Rosenstock


labhrann strainséir liom
bloghanna dá chuid dánta
(focal nó líne)      
     ní bheadsa im’ bhean chabhrach     
     cad a theastaíonn uaidh a rá

strangers speak to me
pathetic fragments of poems
(the first word or line)         
     i’m no midwife for their poems         
     what is it they wish to say


Gabriel Rosenstock is a bilingual poet, tankaist, haikuist, playwright, novelist, essayist, translator and short story writer. His sixth bilingual volume of tanka is Secret of Secrets. See more on his website.

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