Charles Bernstein

Test of Poetry: Five translations

Charles Bernstein, Norbert Lange, Ernesto Livon-Grosman, Collective à Royaumont, Haroldo de Campos,  and Leevi Lehto

A Test of Poetry

“A Test of Poetry” was written in 1992 and published in My Way: Speeches and Poems (University of Chicago Press, 1999). The poem is based on a letter from the Chinese scholar Ziquing Zhang, who translated poems from Rough Trades and The Sophist for Selected Language Poems (Chengdu, China: Sichuan Literature and Art Publishing House, 1993); quotations from the poems are italicized.  It seemed to me that Ziquing Zhang’s questions provided both an incisive commentary on my poems and also raised a set of imponderble yet giddy, not to say fundamental, translation issues. Several  poets have take up the task of translating this poem, and we here compile the results: Norbert Lange into German, Ernesto Livon-Grosman into Spanish, Collective à Royaumont dans le cadre de l’Atelier Cosmopolite into French (originally published as a pamphlet by Format Américain), Haroldo de Campos into Portuguese, and Levi Lehto into Finnish.

Bogatá and Medellín, Sept. 2019

“History will absolve us”: the poetics of the Americas. Enrique Winter and me with Simón Bolívar in Bogotá.

Launches for Blanco Inmóvil, Charles Bernstein translated by Enrique Winter, Ediciones Uniandes (Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá)Blanco inmovil

Enrique Winter, “La poesía impermeable de Charles Bernstein” Arcadia, Sept. 12, 2018

 

 

Ira Joel Haber on Hannah Weiner

© Ira Joel Haber

from Ira Joel Haber on this 1970 poster:

Tbilisi: video of my reading and visit plus my translation of poems by Paata Shamugia

with Paata Shumugia in Tbilisi

Video from my visit to the Tbilisi International Festival of Literature intercuts my reading of “Thank You for Saying Thank You” with a translation by, and conversation with, Paata Shamugia. Thanks to festival director Nuka Gambashidze. Video from Indigo, Georgian literary magazine.

7th CAAP Convention in Wuhan, December 2018

The Chinese/American Association for Poetry and Poetics

The tenth anniversary conference of the Chinese/American Association for Poetry and Poetics  will be held in Wuhan, China / December 7–10, 2018, hosted by Central China Normal University, Wuhan, China. Co-sponsored by Center for English Literatures of Central China Normal University, Foreign Literature StudiesInternational Journal of Poetry and Poetics, and Journal of Foreign Language and Literature