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Fri, 12 Dec 2008 06:24The good folk at Salt tell me that George Messo's translation of Ilhan Berk's A Leaf About to Fall has been shortlisted for the Corneliu M Popescu Prize for European Poetry in Translation. This prize, awarded every two years, is "open to collections of poetry published since the preceding competition which feature poetry translated from another European language into English."
The Corneliu M Popescu Prize for European Poetry Translation is named after Corneliu M Popescu, translator of the work of one of Romania's leading poets, Mihai Eminescu, into English. Popescu was tragically killed in the violent earthquake of 4 March 1977, aged 19. Ilhan Berk has been called a literary Midas: everything he touches turns to poems. "A Leaf About To Fall: Selected Poems" shows us, for the first time in English, the full linguistic range and imaginative power of Turkey's greatest experimental poet.
Fri, 12 Dec 2008 06:24According to the Poetry Foundation, American poet Noah Eli Gordon, "believes he's found the best way to get his books out to potential readers":
"I give them all away for free," Gordon explains. "Instead of money, I ask the publishers for books, and then I mail them out to other poets I admire ... It's like in Vita Nuova when Dante writes about how a young poet would write a poem and then send it to the other, older poets in the community. If the poem was good enough, the young poet would then gain entry into their world."Gordon's comments come on the back of a sense of crisis in the American poetry world following Perseus Books Group acquisition of the Consortium Book Sales & Distribution Company. The article continues saying that the "crisis centers around a radical change in the channels of distribution. For years, a handful of distributors have been disseminating most of America's poetry to its bookstores. Now these distributors have been bought out by a larger corporation, and the implications for small publishers could be dire."
Fri, 12 Dec 2008 06:24There is a wonderful interview with Peter Cole, author of the fabulous The Dream of the Poem, over at ReadySteadyBook:
Hebrew culture experienced a renewal in medieval Spain that produced what is arguably the most powerful body of Jewish poetry written since the Bible. Fusing elements of East and West, Arabic and Hebrew, and the particular and the universal, this verse embodies an extraordinary sensuality and intense faith that transcend the limits of language, place, and time. Peter Cole's translations reveal this remarkable poetic world to English readers in all of its richness, humor, grace, gravity, and wisdom. The Dream of the Poem traces the arc of the entire period, presenting some four hundred poems by fifty-four poets, and including a panoramic historical introduction, short biographies of each poet, and extensive notes ... By far the most potent and comprehensive gathering of medieval Hebrew poems ever assembled in English, Cole's anthology builds on what poet and translator Richard Howard has described as "the finest labor of poetic translation that I have seen in many years" and "an entire revelation: a body of lyric and didactic verse so intense, so intelligent, and so vivid that it appears to identify a whole dimension of historical consciousness previously unavailable to us."
Fri, 12 Dec 2008 06:24Back on the 30th December, writing in the Guardian newspaper, Ruth Padel reckoned that 2006 was a good year for poetry:
The year 2006 has been a great one for poetry. The forthcoming reading by poets shortlisted for the 2006 TS Eliot Prize is a starry line-up including Simon Armitage, Seamus Heaney and Paul Muldoon. This year has also spotlit how today's poets are enriching themselves and poetry by reworking the classics: Sean O'Brien's Inferno, Don Paterson's Orpheus (his version of Rilke's Sonnets to Orpheus), two versions of Gawain and the Green Knight by Bernard O'Donoghue and Simon Armitage.I'm reminded of this because Ruth Padel's own The Poem and the Journey: And Sixty Poems to Read Along the Way has just landed on my desk. If is is anywhere near as good as her excellent 52 Ways of Looking at a Poem: A Poem for Every Week of the Year we'll be in for a right treat.
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