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Mistranslation (poem in another language)

by Benny Cauthen


Artist Statement

Emojis are an abstract code. Different people send and receive the same symbol with vastly differing interpretations. Everyone has a different kind of device, displaying certain emojis in varying visual representations (or translations of code). There is an incongruity and an abstractness inherent in symbolic language.

Part 1 of the poem is gibberish which can find meaning in the close and patient reader. 

Part 2 is a movement, frames of emotion. I prefer emoticons.

Benny Cauthen is a poet and songwriter who stays up late watching movies on his phone. His work has been published in 3Elements, Book of Matches, Coastlines, and other places he has since forgotten. He is an aspiring all-American.

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