Past & Present
In our Past & Present sessions, contemporary speakers give a personal response to favourite past poets writing in English or other languages. Sarah Kirsch (1935–2013) is recognised as one of Germany’s most powerful poets of the post-war era. She wrote poems full of strange beauty and free-flowing syntax. In this session Anne Stokes, who translated and introduced a selection of Kirsch’s poems for Ice Roses (Carcanet, 2014), will be reading some of her translations and talking about this remarkable German poet.
Weldon Kees (1914-1955) was an American poet, playwright and novelist, and also a critic, jazz pianist, and filmmaker. He is regarded as an important poet of his generation and his work has influenced later poets. His disappearance sixty years ago in 1955 remains a mystery. Brian Johnstone, whose narrative poem Robinson: A Journey was inspired by Kees’ character of that name, talks about Weldon Kees and reads some of his poems.