Two Lines 21
Spoons carry the voice of the dead into tea, into broth. Spoons remember. And they are not afraid.
—from “The Spoon” by Rafael Courtoisie Beyhaut, translated from the Spanish by Anna Rosenwong
In the first issue, we wrote about Two Lines as a forum for this overlooked work: “We wanted to make a place for translation in which the act of translating was central. We wanted to share our work in a place where the contradictions and frustrations of translation were part of the ground rules.” Twenty years in, we are very gratified to have published more than 450 authors and more than 440 translators from 70 languages—but also to have helped spark what is still the beginning of a broader move toward publishing international literature and celebrating the art of translation. —OLIVIA SPEARS, FOUNDING EDITOR