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The Singing of the Scythe

The Singing of the Scythe

No.3 2014

'The Singing of the Scythe' is a selection of WW1 poetry like no oth...

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The Price of Time on the Île Saint-Germain

The stretching shadows of passers-by
Stake out cosmic time across the lawn
And each blade of grass has cast its own

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Launching The Singing of the Scythe at the Chattri memorial

On 19th November we launched The Singing of the Scythe with a walk through the South Downs to the Chattri memorial, built to honour the Indian dead of the First World War.

Amarjit Chandan made a passionate speech to the fallen soldiers in Punjabi (with an English translation) and he read his translations of Punjabi folksongs from the war.

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Brecht and Steffin: Love in a Time of Exile and War

Watch the full video of 'Brecht and Steffin: Love in a Time of Exile and War'.

The performance highlighted brand new translations of poems exchanged by Brecht and his lover, collaborator and friend, Margarete Steffin. Actors read the poems exchanged by Brecht and Steffin, accompanied by live music and readings of diaries, letters and prose. David Constantine and the Brecht translator and editor Tom Kuhn explore the relationship between the two writers in love, in exile and in parting. ...

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Features and Reviews

The Collected Poems of Álvaro de Campos Vol.2: 1928-1935

Unlike a pseudonym, or an anonym, the heteronym is a wholly fabricated persona: the author is not writing as himself under another or a concealed name, he is writing as another character altogether. An exact contemporary of T.S. Eliot, Fernando Pessoa was born in Lisbon in 1888; he died young, at forty-seven, of cirrhosis of the liver. He published in his own name and al...

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