Slovak translator Lucia Duero has prepared a folio of Slovak contemporary poetry in collaboration with Jesse Lee Kercheval from Tupelo Quarterly. They met at the Banff Literary Translation Centre at the Banff Centre for the Art in Canada and they began talking about contemporary Slovak poetry. Jesse Lee Kercheval "immediately wanted to make more of this work available for English language readers. The result is this folio of work. Lucia selected poets and translators and sent me work to consider. Together we selected which poems to include. The title we chose, “Fragments of the vanishing speech,” comes from Mila Haugova’s poem “Fragments of the Vanishing Speech of Childhood Terror,” translated by James Sutherland-Smith."
The editors decided to present the selection in two parts. This first installment features Mária Ferenčuhová, Ján Gavura, Mila Haugová, Eva Luka, and Dana Podracká. There is also an interview with Duero. The second installment will run in the next issue.