Poetry Night I

Past Dates

until 23:00 | interval app. at 20:30

Poetry Nights

Presentation · Silke Behl

Eugenijus Ališanka (Lithuania) reads “out of unwritten history” – poems full of the irrational currents of history, autobiographical reflexes and surprising twists.
Speaker · Friedhelm Ptok

Paulo Henriques Britto (Brazil) reads out of his volume of poems entitled “Macau”, with which he became a cult poet in Brazil. He belongs to the “Mimeography generation”, who integrate spontaneity and themes of ordinary life into literature.
Speaker · Friedhelm Ptok

Because of the cancellation of Paal-Helge Haugen (Norway) Friedhelm Ptok will read in German from Haugen’s work. Haugen’s poetry is influenced by the form of Haiku. Linguistically clear, precise and yet sensual, his poems frequently arouse in collaboration with visual artists and musicians. Ptok reads out of the volume of poetry entitled “The over-wintered light” and “Meditations about Georges de La Tour”.

Ursula Krechel (Germany) reads “Blockbuster Byron” out of her last volume of poems "Voices Out of the Hard Core", a poetic ride across mythic and historical epochs, following the traces of violence and destruction.

Ted Milton (GB) initially emerged as a poet and published some of his early poems in journals such as “The Paris Review”. Later he was a puppeteer and founded the band Blurt. To this day the band still combines the energy and lack of respect of punk with the intelligence and improvisation of Jazz. This influence is also displayed in his poems.
Speaker · Frank Arnold

Lutz Seiler (Germany) takes himself on a trip through “forty kilometers of night”. In his poems, rich with a sensual outlook, fragments of the past emerge and serve as guiding fossils in the wastes of history.

Unfortunately, James Tate (USA) had to cancel his participation in the festival. Frank Arnold reads out of his earliest volume of poetry “Return to the City of White Donkeys”. Since the 70s James Tate has been regarded as the poet who made Surrealism popular in America. His work has been formative for an entire generation of poets.

Eugenijus Ališanka has published four volumes of poetry up to now, establishing a new, cosmopolitan lineament within Lithuanian poetry. He also works as a translator, editor and essayist.

Paulo Henriques Britto, born in Rio de Janeiro in 1951, numbers among the most renowned Brazilian translators of American literature. His fourth and award-winning volume of poetry, “Macau” (2003), achieved cult status.

Paal-Helge Haugen, born in 1945, aspires towards a “multi-dimensional precision” in his work, which has won different awards. As poet, novelist and translator, he has left his mark on contemporary Norwegian literature.

Ursula Krechel was born in Trier in 1947. After studying German Language and Literature, Drama and Art History she worked as a journalist and playwright. The poet lives and works in Berlin.

Ted Milton, born in Bedford, England, in 1943, worked as a puppet master and founded the post punk band Blurt in 1979. His poems have appeared in different anthologies and journals.

Lutz Seiler, born in Gera in 1963, studied German Language and Literature and published his first poems in 1995. The oft-awarded poet, editor and essayist is also the director of the Peter Huchel House in Wilhelmshorst.

James Tate, born in Kansas City in 1943, wrote his first, award-winning volume of poetry at the age of twenty-three. He is regarded as the poet who made Surrealism popular in America. He won the Pulitzer Prize in 1991.