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譯 / Translate
By Eric Yip

Traduttore, traditore

– Italian proverb

If asked to explain 人情味, I’d point to

No one knows placeholder in Cantonese.

this joke is untranslatable, please laugh

behind this one. I dissolve my tongue

relaxes his scowl. How is your grandmother?

奶奶, 婆婆 – one dead, the other waiting.

sometimes I think you don’t know

the last cart noodle shop in Kowloon City.

At a party, I am Jimmy Carter’s interpreter:

to save face. There is a sentence stranded

in another language. The customs officer

How I split grandmother in two:

A life lost in the saying. Dear reader,

what I mean, if you know what I mean.

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