Collage is not a form of translation, or vice versa, but they're related. Translation and collage are both movements from one surface to another. In translation, one takes a poem, subtracts all its words-and refills it with other words, words of a different language. There is, you'll notice, a hole in the middle of that statement. If the words are removed, there is no longer a poem there. [...] If you think about that too long or too deeply, you tend to give it up. Nevertheless, this is what happens.

—Keith Waldrop