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Deadline is December 20, 2016!
For this issue of Poetry Is Dead, we are interested in the poem that makes difficulty visible. The untidy poem. The apparently struggling poem.
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When we looked before at an excerpt from Christian Bök's Eunoia, which won the 2002 Griffin Poetry Prize, we pondered whether or not he approached his poetic output the way a gardener can produce a miniature version of a tree or shrub using the bonsai method. Are such constraints - in plants or in language - pleasing or artificial? Reactions and opinions vary.
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We've looked before at how Biblical references underpin the poetry of Spencer Reece's collection The Road to Emmaus. Like the disciples who unwittingly met the resurrected Jesus on that eponymous road, if it weren't for the titles - this week's Poem of the Week as well as the previously discussed "The Fifth Commandment" - we might not recognize that scriptural influences are woven into many of the poems.
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“Translating a literary work can be seen as similar to what a horticulturist does by taking a rare plant out of its natural environment and bringing it to life and making grow and blossom in a foreign one . . . (I’m an avid gardener, as you might have guessed).”
—John Balcom
Image: Tunnel of Books in the Prague Municipal Library. Public Domain. In anticipation of International Translation Day, some of our favorite translators and writers share metaphors for the complex and enigmatic art of translation, from conducting to painting to squeezing a jellyfish.
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We're long overdue to look again at Philip Mosley's exquisite translation into English of François Jacqmin's original poetry in French.
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Enjoy Khaled Mattawa's insights into working with the poetry of Syrian Poet Adonis.
Khaled Mattawa on Adonis Our new issue includes Khaled Mattawa’s translation of “A Bridge to Job” by leading Syrian poet Adonis. We asked Mattawa to talk with us a little about Adonis’s work, the challenges of translation from Arabic, and what poetry in translation can uniquely offer us. This project is supported in part by…
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"It is the set designer’s curse,
to lose all trust in what appears"
A poem by Michael Symmons Roberts
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Submissions open until December 7, 2016 for Resist Much / Obey Little - Inaugural Poems to the Resistance.
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“Literature makes other people more real to us,” Mark Doty says in a 2008 lecture at the Key West Literary Seminar.
Every year or so, mainstream media outlets circus-bark the “death” of poetry. Step right up and watch its last gasp, they seem to say. If the question is whether most Americans are reading poetry, the answer is—I won't sugarcoat it or fudge the numbers—“no.” My mother doesn't read poetry, ...
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In "Wheat Seedlings", Eleanor Goodman, translating from an original poem in Chinese by Wang Xiaoni, evokes a common emotional reaction in a decidedly uncommon fashion, to unsettling and provocative effect.
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Does Norman Dubie's "The Sparrow" look kindly upon the eponymous little girl of the poem ... or perhaps not? Let's take a closer look at this selection from Dubie's 2016 Griffin Poetry Prize winning collection, The Quotations of Bone.
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Tomorrow (September 28th) in London, Ontario!
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