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Poetry appreciation

LIVERPOOL: Poetry Society Annual Lecture

Date: Tuesday 21 February, 2017
Time: 6:00 PM
Price: Free – but booking essential.
Venue address:
University of Liverpool, School of the Arts Library , 1st Floor, 19 Abercromby Square , Liverpool L69 7ZG

Publicity material for this event says:

The Poetry Society Annual Lecture and Kenneth Allott Lecture will be given by the German poet and translator Jan Wagner. Presented in association with the University of Liverpool.

The Shedding of Skins and Schemes: a voice of one’s own and the voices of others

Jan Wagner is the outstanding German poet of his generation. His lecture, delivered in English, is on influence and the exchange of poetic ideas across borders; of the teachers poets must find for themselves (and then distance themselves from again). Interspersed with readings of some of his own poems, Wagner’s lecture draws on poets such as Rimbaud, Heym and Brecht, Popa, Pound and Hughes, and the poet-translators who have carried their work between cultures.

Wagner’s collection ‘Self-Portrait with a Swarm of Bees’ (Arc), translated by Iain Galbraith, won the Popescu European Poetry Translation Prize 2015. He has translated into German poets including Armitage, MacNeice, Shapcott, Simic and Sweeney.

The lecture will also tour to Oxford and London.

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