Reading in Berlin tonight! International Literary Festival Berlin: More Information HERE:
A Long Night of International Poetry. With Anneke Brassinga [Netherlands], Brian Brett [Canada], Ashur Etwebi [Libya], Andri Snær Magnason [Iceland], Afrizal Malna [Indonesia], Charl-Pierre Naudé [South Africa], Ian Wedde [New Zealand], and Yang Lian [Chi
The Dutch poetry scene’s »magician of language«, Anneke Brassinga, displays an inimitable feel for the material of speech in her poems, and language itself often occupies the foreground of her texts. The poems by Canadian author Brian Brett explore our human relationship to the natural disorder of things, seeking and finding the unusual within the familiar. Ashur Etwebi is one ofLibya’s most renowned poets. His work is intimate but impactful, as innovative as it is traditional, influenced by modern poetry but nevertheless popular and accessible. Andri Snær Magnason is »one ofIceland’s most versatile, interesting artists« (»Die Zeit«). His »supermarket poems« called »Bónus« go right to the core of our capitalist society. Afrizal Malnas’ poems take a critical look at language and distinguish the author as one ofIndonesia’s most unique voices. In his poems, he explores the complicated relationship between speech, the body, and space with great humor and vigor. Charl-Pierre Naudé found his voice in the dawn of the post-apartheid era—in his poems, he describes the political within the private, writing in both Afrikaans and English. He was awarded the Ingrid Jonker Prize for his exceptional debut collection of poems. The poems byNew Zealand’s »poet laureate« Ian Wedde approach a rhapsodic mixture of fear and humor. The Chinese poet Yang Lian has lived in exile since the Tiananman Square Massacre. His poems are characterized by motifs like mortality and death, and always have a shocking impact that rips readers out of the trance of everyday life.
In case of rain the event will take place at Collegium HungaricumBerlin.