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.
‘“Energy is eternal delight,” said Blake, and surely delight involves variety. There is no one coat that fits all poets, thank heaven.’ (George Szirtes)
When I was a child, I used to spend hours playing a computer game called Toejam and Earl. In the game, you’d explore strange countries. When you first began, it was a mass of blue squares, then as you walked the square...
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