The challenge was to translate Lola Koundakjian’s poem ‘Այսօր’, working with a bridge translation in English by Foyle Young Poet Adham Smart. Second place went to Aldwin Li with Olivia Todd in third place. Congratulations, too, to the longlisted poets whose work impressed Clare: Shruti Agarwal, Marlene Agius, Lucy Best, Sarah Chitson, Jack Cooper, Marion Deal, Grace Alice Evans, Thomas Frost, Flora Hausammann, Beatrix Livesey-Stephens, Rhiannon Paton, Tom Rowe, Maggie Wang, Shona Whelan, Cindy Xin, and Fathima Zahra.
You can read both the original poem and Adham’s bridge translation here. As the first-prize winner of this challenge, Nadia’s poem will be published in the Autumn 2019 issue of Modern Poetry in Translation.