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Blog entries on '13 March 2006'

Monday 13 March 2006

Manchester New Poets’ Night

Poets and Players present a New Poets’ Night tonight, at 7.30pm, at the Tai Chi Village Hall, behind the house at 163 Palatine Road, Didsbury, Manchester (£4/£2 concessions). Please note that all the reading slots have been filled, but that shouldn't stop you going along to listen!

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Monday 13 March 2006

Ellis Sharp on Celan

Ellis Sharp has written a provocative article entitled The Complicity of Paul Celan:


John Felstiner’s book on Celan no longer seems to me as admirable as it once did. And neither does Paul Celan. It is dispiriting to perceive how the great poet of loss and suffering was silent about Israel’s victims. And Celan’s silence about Jews as persecutors and their victims appears to be reciprocated by everyone who writes about him.

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Omens, after Alexander Pushkin

I rode to meet you: dreams
like living beings swarmed around me
and the moon on my right side
followed me, burning.

I rode back: everything changed.
My soul in love was sad
and the moon on my left side
trailed me without hope.

To such endless impressions
we poets give ourselves absolutely,
making, in silence, omen of mere event,
until the world reflects the deepest needs of the soul.

-- Louise Gluck
Averno (Carcanet Press)

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