A wall near a poetry translation workshop I recently attended in Fes. Catalan, Slovenian, Swiss, Arabic, French. We passed our days like tailors or engineers, in a haze of geometric abstraction.

Originally Published: April 13th, 2011

Lavinia Greenlaw has published three books of poems, most recently Minsk. Her two novels are Mary George of Allnorthover and An Irresponsible Age and she has also published a memoir, The Importance of Music to Girls. Her work for BBC radio includes programs about the Arctic, the Baltic, the solstices...