“Translating Brecht,” from the Greek of Yorgos Kentrotis

i.m. Franco Fortini

Said Brecht to me (in a dream): now you’re translating me,
I see you’re set on literalness, i.e, rendering cleanly, purely.
But if you add your own words and thoughts, surely
the value of mine will increase. As for my texts, let them be

more like direction-finders or guides
but not rules or frames. I never endorsed shrinking
from chaos or disorder. My ways of thinking
draw strength from the dialectics of barricades.