地球与宇宙・诗歌传递 Poems Connecting the Earth and Space
Arabic, Bengali, Burmese, Chinese, English, French, Hindi, Indonesian, Korean, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swahili, Thai, Urdu and Vietnamese translations of a relay poem inspired by the Earth and Space http://www.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/sp/poem/index.html
this being a joint project of NHK World Radio Japan and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, the majority of contributions are by Japanese (poets, and people from the general public). one contribution is by award-winning Chinese poet and translator 田原; i'm not sure which language he wrote in for this. the last two of the 26 poems will be added soon to complete the work.
i can't tell how good the Chinese translations are. if anyone can give me feedback on that i'd really appreciate it. as we all know poetry is very difficult to translate!
though i can't read them, the Arabic (Persian, Urdu also) and Bengali scripts are particularly beautiful to look at. too bad they couldn't pick a nicer typeface for the Roman-letter languages.
to see the Japanese, visit JAXA's site and while you're there take a look at the Space Poem Chain Gallery--kind of nice.
have a nice weekend all!
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