Padcha Tuntha-obas is a native of Bangkok, Thailand. After spending six years in the United States as a student of Philosophy and Creative Writing, she began publishing her creative work in Chain. Composite Diplomacy is her first solo published work. She lives in Bangkok, Thailand.
By Padcha Tuntha-obas • 2005 • $9
Design by Tomi Ponciano
There are poems and there are poems translated into another language. Composite Diplomacy presents us with a further possibility, presenting a poem, its translation, as well as sentence diagrams, lexicons, and musical scores in one package. To read this poem is also to read the poem in the process of translation from a language built on tones to one without, from a language in one alphabet to one with another. The result is a forensic investigation not simply of this poem’s translation, but of the very notion of translation. Padcha Tuntha-obas offers her reader a “wakeful poetry” that inspires such marvelous poetic interventions. “Time that travels sings concurrently to the path of letters.”
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