In the August 31 issue, The Prague Post reviewed An Unchanging Blue: Selected Poems 1962-1975, a new selected volume of poems from the late German poet Rolf Dieter Brinkmann (1940-1975) translated by Mark Terrill. Colophon recently conducted this email interview with Terrill to discuss Brinkmann’s urbane, energetic poetry and what it has to say to us three decades after his death.
Monthly Archives: August 2011
Congratulations to James Salter and RIP Samuel Menashe.
It would seem that we are in the midst of a second backlash (would that be a back-againlash?) regarding the reputation of the British poet Philip Larkin, whose reputation has swayed from pole to pole since his death in 1985.
The city of Prague has launched an interesting interactive project entitled “Prague, City of Literature.”
A roundup of recent updates from the world of poetry, including the election of Philip Levine as American Poet Laureate and the response of Syrian poet Adonis to recent unrest in his native country.
Prague Palimpsest is filled with ghostly juxtapositions of memory and place. For its author, Alfred Thomas, Prague is a surface upon which those who pass through have left their trace “without completely effacing the presence of their predecessors.” These may as often be politicians as writers, and the book’s compactly-written chapters do a good job of setting the literature of the city firmly in its historical and political context.