I just told one of the writers I edit via writewithoutborders.com that she didn't need to rush her current assignment and she wrote back "Thank you for the leeway" and I thought "Leeway, that is a lovely word. I have to use it somehow. And now I am." :-)
Oh this is so beautiful, and so inspiring, what a gift, Nadia. I’ve saved it and will come back when I’m in need of a jolt! Petrichor is a wonderful word, there’s a beautiful piece of music written by Einaudi with that title that you might enjoy...
Cosmogyral is just wonderful, too! It invokes such a dreamy scene in my mind! Gossamer reminds me of my favourite Birds nests, when they use spider web as binding, it’s so magic...
You’re magic, too ✨
Absolutely love Cosmogyral
Toska and Petrichor are my two favourites here, Nadia.
It's good to have a word for toska, even if that meaning cannot be fully translated into English. I relate to it, though, and the quote from Nabokov was great to see.
I love that you wrote a poem about how poetry emerged.
i truly have loved you sharing bits of your culture in your newsletters! it’s been nice to learn more about you
I always marvel that someone can write poetry in another language, what a trick.
Nadia this post is about the most beautiful thing I’ve read on Substack!!! You have all the talent, please write more poems lovely one. Favourite word here is Cosmogyral!
I used to live in the Arizona desert, so “petrichor” brings back visceral memories. But when I read about “querencia,” it put a name to my sense that I don’t have a place like that.
I love this list. I was especially struck to find “saudade,” which I know from Cesaria Evora’s music. I love her song by that name, but until now I didn’t know what the word meant. Words are like music to me, and I love the melodies and rhythms these bring.
Delightful! I love learning of that which can't be directly translated. It's just so fascinating. "Toska" and "Saudade" really resonate with me.
that's lovely. Been thinking of throwing in the occasional humour poem as I used to write those...anyway, enjoyed..
Thank you for sharing. 🌌
as one who romanticizes, querencia is now a destination. a place where my heart can be found in another.
Wanderlust! Whether in the mind or in the world, which is the same! Kinda.
In my current novel, a central character is known for using unusual words. He'll be using some of these! Thank you.
Thank you for sharing your poetry! Most of these words, I never even knew but what beauty in all their definitions!!! Can’t wait to see which one I will go back to.
Also can’t wait for more poetry from you 🙌🏾
Gorgeous list! My experience with gossamer last week: https://substack.com/@annethomas/note/c-41355009?r=6khx7&utm_medium=ios&utm_source=notes-share-action