Journal article

Natural Selection: A translation-in-progress of Bestiario (2014) by Beatriz Restrepo

K Are, Beatriz Restrepo Restrepo

Double Dialogues | Axon: Creative Explorations | Published : 2018

Abstract

This work uses translation and diagramming as devices in offering an interpretation of Colombian poet Beatriz Restrepo’s 2014 collection Bestiario. The collection indexes sixty animals in sixty poems (a translation of ten poems taken from the collection’s first section are given here), in reference to the medieval Bestiarium Vocabularium, a formative element in the encyclopaedic tradition that permeates the natural sciences. My translation also uses the affordances of visual metaphor to convey my reading of Restrepo’s ‘Bestiary’ as concerned with the mutual nesting of human and non-human animal worlds — with beasts as human inventions, and with human invention as critically shaping animal wo..

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