80+ languages on this website present
interpretations of one of my poems by people
from every continent in their own language.
is the abstract quality of language which
motivated me to start in 1983. The
written word, in its many variations, has
shapes as beautiful as any artist could
create. The sound of words, aside
from meaning, becomes exciting music. Through
language, the uniquely human expression,
we can celebrate the unity of the human
family; in the variety of languages, we
can celebrate the beauty of our diversity.
interpretations are painted on individual
backed by original watercolors and are mounted
on linen-covered panels. A photo of the
person or of the art of the culture (where
available) is included. The photographs
are, of course, "as we were" at
the time, somewhere between 1983 and 1995.
The text of the poem is based on the theory
that all the atoms in our body, save hydrogen,
were once at the core of stars that exploded
No professional translators were involved,
nor am I a linguist and I want to express
my warmest thanks and appreciation to all
who contributed freely to the creation of
this project. Any error in the writing
of the scripts is my responsibility. The
material is free for anyone to use, although
we would appreciate being given credit.
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poet as well as an artist, Elly Sherman
has combined her love of art and poetry
in her glass books of drawings and poems.
To learn more about her read her biography.