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This essay analyzes the influence of various worldviews on Richard Brautigan's poetry, which form his particular language. A combination of Zen Buddhism, Japanese aesthetics, American poetic tradition, and echoes of the philosophy of absurdism are some of the core themes that serve as mechanisms for Brautigan's poems.
For each chapter of the book All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace, I make an intersemiotic translation transposing Brautigan's poems into ceramic tea bowls. By combining different art forms and translating from an abstract symbolic art – poetry – to a form of applied art that is much more physically observable – pottery – hidden meanings and new modes of perception emerge. This project is rooted in exploring the possibilities of translation studies as a method and practice.
Yadukha, Veronika, "The birds that embrace both illusions: an intersemiotic translation of All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace by Richard Brautigan" (2023). Comparative Literature M.A. Essays. 15.