REVIEW: Dog Star Notations by Håkan Sandell, translated by Bill Coyle, Carcanet, 2016
Dog Star Notations by Håkan Sandell, translated by Bill Coyle, Carcanet, 2016
Dog Star Notations features two decades of work from one of Scandinavia’s most prolific poets. Håkan Sandell, who lives in Oslo but hails from Malmo and writes in Swedish, was a cofounder of the ‘Retrogardist’ movement, which rejected post-modernism for a new Gnosticism. The sp...
Fucking Obsessed - Nia Davies on translating Mariam Alatar
Fury drew me in to Mariam Alatar's poetry. At the Reel Iraq translation workshop, where these translations were made, I leafed through poem upon poem of defiance at social and gendered constraints, at abuse of religious faith, violence, oppressive family power dynamics, de-humanising technology, estrangement and war.
Language at the Edge
There is a persistent notion, not least in translation, of ‘poetry at the edge’, which means perhaps where language is strained, somewhere this side but only just (as it might seem) this side of silence. And there might be some attempt to speak of the ‘beyond’, of the ‘other’, of silence itself as if it can be eased into yielding up more. Or that holding this particular...
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