Sharon Dolin, Pigments by Gemma Gorga

Translated from the Catalan


To mix together two adjectives:
Blend them by brush—

Cadmium yellow
with Prussian blue—

until you have achieved
their expressive tonality.

To compose the verdant
compose the verb.


Mesclar dos adjectius.
Desfer-los amb el pinzell –

groc de cadmi
amb blau de Prússia–

fins ajustar-ne la tonalitat

Trobar el verd,
trobar el verb.

Sharon Dolin is the author of six books of poetry, most recently Manual for Living (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2016) and Whirlwind (University of Pitts- burgh Press, 2012). The recipient of a 2021 NEA Fellowship in Translation and the winner of the inaugural Malinda A. Markham Memorial Prize in Translation, her translation of Late to the House of Words: Selected Poems of Gemma Gorga is forthcoming from Saturnalia Books in the fall of 2021.