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From the launch of the MPT anthology, Centres of Cataclysm

30th May 2016


Centres of Cataclysm

Centres of Cataclysm was launched on May 5th, at the King's College London. Catch up with the podcast and photographs beneath, and get your copy from Bloodaxe Books!

About Centres of Cataclysm

Centres of Cataclysm celebrates the fifty-year history of Modern Poetry in Translation, one of the world’s most innovative and exciting poetry magazines. Founded in 1965 by Ted Hughes and Daniel Weissbort, MPT has constantly introduced courageous and revolutionary poets of the 20th and 21st century to English-speaking readers. Ted Hughes thought of MPT as an ‘airport for incoming translations’ - from the whole world, across frontiers of space and time. These are poems we cannot do without.

The anthology is not arranged chronologically but, from a variety of perspectives, it addresses half a century of war, oppression, revolution, hope and survival. In so doing, it truthfully says and vigorously defends the human. In among the poems are illuminating letters, essays and notes on the poets, on the world in which they lived and on the enterprise of translating them.

‘MPT is the Fifth International, anyone who wants to change the world and see it changed should join.’ – John Berger

Readers in order of appearance:

      Paul Batchelor 
      Ruth Fanlight
      Tim Allen
      Helen Constantine
      David Bradley (reads excerpt from 'The Boy that Changed into a Stag...' by Ted Hughes
      Cristina Viti
      Jack Mapanje
      Bob Hull
      Shash Trevett
      Frances Leviston

Donating online is an easy way to support MPT

  • • £5 pays for the digitisation of three poems from MPT's back catalogue

  • • £50 covers the cost of recording and producing a podcast

  • • £250 helps expand our education outreach work

  • • £2,000 pays for a poet to visit the UK for readings and festivals

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