Poezine # 5 Relational Poetics (English) preview


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Poe-zine #5 presents Poetics of the quotidian in Bucharest, Prague and Berlin, with schedule, participations and photos. Also it has info on Wordexpress, a literary project of British Council and Literature without Frontiers.
The main theme is Relational Poetry, with the English version of "poetic practice" presentation published in Romanian by Stare de Urgenta magazine from Chisinau last August.

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  1. 1. Relational Poetics poe-zine November 2009, #05 South Estern Europe The British Council and Literature Across Frontiers choose 20 young authors to attend Wordexpress readings throughout South Eastern Europe. The poetics Poetics of the Quotidian event in Bucharest poetry maps hosted one of the readings. PoQ is a project of young authors relational poetics. This month will POQ will host a Party of Poetry in Berlin at Literaturwerkstatt. Literaturwerkstatt
  2. 2. After the screenings in Bucharest, rage, a beeline for rock celebrity. Chisinau & Prague, “poetry. the power” is coming to Berlin. Friday 30.10.2009 22:00 Before POETRY LIVE – The Long Night 24 young writers explain literature. of Young Romanian Poetry Where it comes from and where it goes. Some may swear that prose is Venue: Literaturwerkstatt Berlin, poetry's mother, others think it is a Knaackstr. 97, 10435 Berlin pyramid, a form of communication, or "poetry. the power" is a documentary that takes the pulse of Romanian contemporary poetry, of its public an its indecency: an hour with new poets and their special powers. Constantin Acosmei, Şerban Axinte, Constantin Virgil Bănescu, Cătălina Cadinoiu, Dan Coman, Tudor Creţu, Sorin Despot, Cosmin Dragomir, Ana Dragu, Teodor Dună, Aida Hancer, Marin Mălaicu Hondrari, Marius Ianuş, Vasile Leac, Oana Cătălina Ninu, Florin Partene, Denisa Pişcu, Cosmin Perţa, Andra Rotaru, George Serediuc, Stoian G. Bogdan, Olga Ştefan, Adriana Teodorescu, Mihai Vakulovski a movie by Andrei Ruse and Răzvan Țupa Meantime you can watch online 10 minutes episodes of “poetry. the power” with English subtitles. poe-zine #05 2
  3. 3. Poetics of the Quotidian Literary meetings in Bucharest Since 2005 RĂZVAN TUPA was born in 1975 in Braila. Since 2006 he reads poetry at internatio-nal festi-vals and projects in Berlin (2008), Bratislava (2008), New York (2008), Prague (2008), Paris (2006, 2009) and Rome (2007) and developed different projects for video poetry. In 2009 deployed a project of filming poetry. This project was „poetry. the power” documentary. It is a film that presents 24 new Romanian poets selected for The National New Writers Coloquium in Alba Iulia (May, 2009). He published „fetish” (2001, 2003) and „corpuri romanesti” (2005), two books of poetry.
  4. 4. The practice of poetry Chishinau 2009 Ccollection of texts on relational poetics. It was published in Romanian in September 2009 as a book in “Stare de Urgenta” magazine from Chisinau (Moldavia). I. Policy. Performances The illusion that the speech was ever any other than defect is more obvious a) the poetic relationship when you realize that the media Looking at the vitality of art reshaping machine simply assumes the it’s object in the last 20 years, we traditional role of the artist, of a visual realize that literature might seem an and word artisan to provide a fancy old lady, who purchases consumer version for the Odes of fashionable gadgets occasionally but Pindar (for example). only in her apartment decorated with Assertiveness is the quality that makes lace is where she feels best. the events to be suspicious. Sometimes one suspects she’s not The poet does not produce anything even watching TV either. concrete. Ironically, no other b) emotional pornography occupation is not in a position as immaterial as that of the poet. With It's almost an automatism to speak one exception and here comes the about lost generations, shattered irony: the politician. illusions, betrayed ideals, etc. And who could dear challenge God knows what d) poetic organization individual that is beaten. How would Political power builds its strength on one hit people that had fallen?! the organization and management of There is no difficulty to realize that for network resources set behind its two hundred years there has been symbolic value. What keeps eccentric only people who have lost. Who said the poetry is quite the opposite of that won anything since Napoleon?! political power: isolation, discrediting Only dictators, and there was just groups and encouraging a lack of propaganda. Even revolutions are not responsibility. And this is exactly what meant anymore as symbols of victory. we should not accept. Here poetry can begin. c) cultural entertainment & political dada
  5. 5. Short stories series of comments over contemporary artists can be found in a May, 2009 basic XIXth century text, where As a preface for the 100 anniversary Romanticism was described by F. Poetics of the Quotidian meetings we had Schlegel. prepared a debate on how poetry is In this way we can recover a literary perceived and written today. This text is an consciousness that puts forward the adaptation of a conference designed effectiveness of poetic approach in during January to May 2009 for the space contemporary society, beyond the of art and contemporary culture Unicredit traditional aesthetics and Pavilion in Bucharest. stubbornness of dwelling exclusively an aesthetic autonomy. Compared to contemporary art, This text aims to pursue a number of literature (especially the Romanian genuine poetic elements identified as one) remains much quieter. Any functional in the various areas of social output to a wide audience is life and politics today. automatically suspected of cheap commercialism. Surprisingly or not, Whether metaphorical scrap, rhetoric aesthetic tendencies raised by Nicolas performances more or less cheap, Bourriaud in 2002 with his famous economic models, political discourse, poe-zine #05 5
  6. 6. media are all based on elements and It is a surprise to find a correlation even structures specific to poetry. In between the formulations of the the end, anarchy and rigid theory of art that changed the conservatorism both assume essential perspective on today's victimization as a personal process. artistic act and the different ways that the poetic act was identified over Poetic relationship time. All you know about figures of speech, One of the biggest problems for a fixed forms or concepts that the contemporary reader is the inaccuracy universe poetic, lyrical feeling you can of synthetic formulations in literary find raised in literary criticism or history. Usually, the specific elements school textbooks that have selected listed for any literary movements are poems only a few published in features that the last 10 could provide years, but arguments in implementatio an approach n of these aimed to elements can differentiate no longer artificially work. between As a reader, historical without any moments. pretensions of art criticism, I see When it is mentioned Western relational aesthetics as one of the medieval poetry literary history states most important tests of theoretical the resignation from the poet's approach to recovery original art in creative position and focuses on the social magnitude. song, the verse as word craft, it is only I was asked many times how a a simplification of reality. specialized field in forging lines of The studies in medieval poetics (the force of the word has not offered no transition from poetry to poetics is theoretical formulation that can perhaps best illustrated in this compare to a conceptual ruptures of moment - WTH Jackson Medieval the art or music in the last half Literature: A History and a Guide) century. poe-zine #05 6
  7. 7. insists ovet the meeting between intentions of poetic theories. The poetry (written in Latin scholastic era same happens with any poetic in obligatory relationship with moment that you may choose. Texts Christian vision) and vernacular that founded literary movements had poetry. However, when you read more nuances than historic verses like simplifications can address. Only when we find the theoretical Who's that I hear?—It's me—Who?— formulations signed by Friedrich Your heart Schlegel (1772-1829) we can Hanging on by the thinnest thread understand that a historic perspective I lose all my strength, substance, and overlooks the very vitality of poetic in fluid a certain moment. “All art has been a When I see you withdrawn this way all contemporary” states a work by alone Maurizio Nannucci at the entrance of Like a whipped cur sulking in the Alte Museum in Berlin of entry into corner the Museum of Ancient Art in Berlin. Is it due to your mad hedonism?— That quality which have to be What's it to you?—I have to suffer for contemporary poeticile in relation to it— vital principles of their time in a lose Leave me alone—Why?—I'll think sight of the man approaches: about it— „Romantic poetry is a progressive, When will you do that?—When I've universal poetry. Its aim isn’t merely to grown up— reunite all the separate species of I've nothing more to tell you—I'll poetry and put poetry in touch with survive without it— philosophy and rhetoric. It tries to and (The Debate Between Villon And His Heart by should mix and fuse poetry and prose, François Villon inspiration and translated by criticism, the poetry Galway Kinnell). of art and the poetry of nature; and make poetry you can lively and social, understand that and life and society the vitality of poetical; poeticize the poetic wit and fill and language goes saturate the forms far beyond the poe-zine #05 7
  8. 8. of art with every kind of good, solid aesthetics: Art begins to aim rather the matter for instruction, and animate sphere of human interactions and its them with the pulsations of humor.“ social context than the affirmation of (here) self and private symbolic space (Nicolas Bourriaud-Relational I am not sure when you thought about Aesthetics 1998). romantic poet but I am almost certain As the theoretical formulation of you haven’t included humor and the relational aesthetics were caused by clash between the society and lack of effectiveness of the concepts aesthetics. Yet it is a quote signed by F. required in the critical art of the 60’s Schlegel and one of the birth acts of and by the search for functional Romanticism. criteria to address contemporary artistic approaches we can recognize the same moment where poetry To conclude our introduction I will add criticism is blocked today. the indication offered by the French art critic in order to determine the mutation targeted in relational poe-zine #05 8
  9. 9. II. Poetics poetics: "a sensitivity to relationship and context, an understanding of June, 2009 language and even consciousness as My first relational poetry event was a ongoing negotiation, an emphasis on grid poem online. After a few months I listening, all of which are accompanied repeated the experience as a preface by the inevitable failures you mention, to a workshop in Constanta (Eastern are at the heart of my sense of an Romania). At some point I realized that aesthetics and an ethics that is neither it showed up quite a few events in this an aesthetics nor an ethics, but are area and maybe it's time to see how part of a larger critical and creative they stay together. reevaluation of these categories." Right after I staged poem scale Since 1990 Édouard Glissant has experiment in Bratislava, where, the published essays on poetry in the audience chose one letter from each volume "Poetique de la relation" of the 5 poems that I read, and in the (Gallimard). Later he lectured on his end, all the letters were dictated to be concept with Tunisian poet Amina written in a hopscotch in form of the Said. His concept is based on the Slovak word basen (poem). Sure, specific problems of poetry in Antilles relational poetics is anything (or can (where Glissant originates, in fact) and be). and yet ... emphasizes individual identity issues, language and society. ... Where we come from It’s no need to claim we invent the wheel. I've heard about the relational poetics. In 2005 a number of Fascicle publication, Alan Gilbert concludes his dialogue with Dale Smith talking exactly about the relational poe-zine #05 9
  10. 10. I would be even more radical, because House” campaign. What emerged was the forms of poetry in their change a spectacular map, edited by Ana have drawn changes concerning the Toma in a one copy hand-made role of poetry, but basically something volume. Instead of streets, the rule persisted. And it is not rhymes, or was to name poets and quotes related rhythm and meter ... and not even the to Timisoara. written text that persists. Also in Timisoara was organized and If you had read Homer or Pindar than first public meeting of relational you realize that not even the poet’s poetics. In the Cărtureşti bookshop self is not customary in the poem. So tea-house from Timisoara readers took we are left to formulate a specific "to a line willing to have a poem written be together" as the poet Constantin especially for each of them by the Acosmei would say in invited poets. This time, the poets “poezie.puterea” documentary film, spoke in turn with each reader and "with people from different places, wrote a poem or prose turned from from different times. And from there... what they were told. The series of workshops from Timisoara concluded with ... Where we have seen each other yourPOETICmap at Sand Book The first workshop relational poetics Bookshop. This time the workshop that I was invited to perform was in completed a series of 5 pages for each Timisoara, in the days of “Save Student participant. Each page represented aspects of poetic perception of the participant. Then, the project was developed in Constanta. And there are still things to be done about editing yourPOETICmap. Not that it would have great difficulty, but it introduces some terms into question as... poe-zine #05 10
  11. 11. ... a manifesto relevant to the TRP perspectives and praxis." Last year (2008), Ian Irvine has launched a transpersonal-relational "Poetics of relation" is the concept poetics manifesto changing the focus provided by Edouard Glissant theory of poetry to the development (Galimard, 1990, University of of a non-oppressive language. The Michigan, 1997). The writer born in theory calls for experiments with French Antilles invokes as first poets of language forms and uses references to relation Victor Segalen, Raymond experiments with alienated forms of Roussel and Henri Rousseau. Glissant language and moves the whole story in considers them the first creators to a social area. prove the kickbak that an event from a remote culture can have over the life It is still an opportunity to emphasize of an individual in modernity (op cit, p. some theoretical historical landmarks: 27). As the unexplored territories Oulipean techniques associated with geographically shrank the act of 'Constraints Based' writing (though discovering the other is replaced by with minimal emphasis on the „understanding” of the other as a mathematical concepts), various foreign civilization. But this 'Language' poetry techniques, non- understanding has a aggressive Western techniques related to anti- meaning. The events that take place in colonialist/ethno poetic insights, as a remote space have a bigger well as a range of revised and up- importance for an individual than dated 20th century avant-garde personal and familial events ever can. techniques / concepts eg: 'Writing as Process', 'chance operations', Glissant sorts a vocal language and a 'deconstructive appropriation' etc.. practical one and calls for a need for Certain TRP techniques might also be de- colonization of creoles languages described as original. The interactivity (and process / relational possibilities) offered by the WWW is also under exploration by TPR writers. Another area of interest is creativity in relation to personal healing and political activism. In this sense some concepts drawn from 'narrative therapy' is also poe-zine #05 11
  12. 12. by a „conspiracy of hiding sense”. The how the author cut reality to provide release from conventional forms of its text. Relational Poetics is an transparency in the language, the invitation to record cuts that authors deliberate use of linguistic opacity is and readers prefer for these partially used as an instrument of poetic un-textual poems that we currently politics. In the history of literature, the call living. same case can be considered regarding Dante’s choice for vernacular Italian instead of imperial Latin («Patke, Rajeev S. in Post-colonial Poetry in English», Oxford University Press, 2006, p. 98). When theorizing of the 80’s Romanian textualism, Marin Mincu insisted on figure ltc.umanitoba.ca poe-zine #05 12
  13. 13. III. Practice. Komartin and Ana Maria Sandu were held so far only in the virtual poets, readers, speakers = environment, for all other events are inhabitants documented in order to restore and indicate the stages of each workshops. By mid 2008, a series of events held in Bucharest, Timisoara, Constanta, I added some notes related to Poetics Bratislava, Prague and Paris had been of the Quotidian meetings, which, transformed in practice for these since 2005, has been a continuous considerations, using poetry as a tool exercise and relationship with for communication, documentation literature. The first series of notes and response to immediate reality. If presents the yourPOETICmap for Prague and Paris, projects for workshop from Timisoara. which we worked with Claudiu poe-zine #05 13
  14. 14. yourPOETICmap five pages of the participants) (Timisoara, May 2009) - At the end of each stage, your sheet is photographed. For each of us the world looks different. Sand Book Bookshop invited - The end of the workshop is marked readers to Poetics of the Quotidian for by setting up an image in two ways: mapping their poetic world. 1: by joining all the drawings with the Razvan Tupa and Moni Stănilă same number (all 1 then every 2 etc.) prepared writing instruments for each to present a horizontal map. of those who wished to participate in this workshop. 2: the alignment of all pages (from 1 to 5 each time) and repeat the full presentation for each participant. WORKSHOP: 80-120 min You In front of you is world CONDUCT: Behind you is world -Each participant will have 5 (five) In your left is world pages of A4 paper and writing The world is at your right instruments. Above is world The name of your poetic map is your Below is world name. Before you is world and After you is world When is your world - Choose a sign to represent you and you use it on every page of the workshop. Put the sign on each of the five pages. - It is important that each participant to use each of the five pages in the order they will show that coordinate the workshop. - The workshop has five stages (one for each of the poe-zine #05 14
  15. 15. Page 1 8: How do others see you. give them your sheet to write - 5 min 1: Think about the strongest feeling: - 5 min 9: Ask someone to read If it is a taste - description of the area into the brain (cerebral cortex) / write on the edge of the sheet. Page 4 If it is an odor-limbic system (brain 10: dream write / drawing - 10 center) write in the center of the minutes sheet 11: choose another person in the room If it is related to touch - sensory cortex and, if you have writen your dream, - the left half of sheet ask him/her to draw it on your sheet. If it is related to hearing - temporal If you've drawn your dream, you ask lobe - the right half of sheet. them to write what you drew on your sheet. 5 min 2: What would make you happy (s): - 5 min Page 5 3: When finished, ask someone to 12: Words-strings-order-words that do read order. Your labels: sharing the world - 10 min Page 2 FINALE 4: Places: important for you (in the Each participant receives their pages center of the page) 6 min bonded in a cover as a book- manuscript in a single copy. Geographical or emotional 5: items specific for you in these places (sounds, people, buildings) 4 min 6: Ask someone to read Page 3 7: How you see others - write about them - 5 min poe-zine #05 15
  16. 16. Photo by Ulrikka S Gernes What do you do with poetry. On one hand this is what you do with POET poetry. What is poetry to you? RELATION We are interested if poetry or something to say in that form of The reader and the writer of poetry expression. Yes, and more: It's good do things in words that the poem is reduced to poetry? What we have in common Relational Poetics is only one meeting If poetry is a medium, an area where between poetry and poetry, between something happens, they are poetry and ways of seeing, especially landmarks that look? the ways to affirm the presence of real dimensions of poetry. Who says Relational Poetics is not a discovery. you you you you you you you you you Relational Poetics is not an invention. you you you you you you you you you Relational Poetics is a meeting and, you you you you you you you you you moreover, growing sense that already you you you you you you you you you attend this meeting. you you you you you you you you you you you you you you you you you you poe-zine #05 16
  17. 17. 3. With what writer don’t you want in Poetics of any circumstances to be confused? Why? the 4. Where do you think is best to be read what you write? 5. If you were just a reader, what Quotidian would you believe about what you write? poll 6. What has changed in your writing from the first publication until now? What caused this change? 2005-2009 7. What would change about your writing if you would live somewhere else? (where and why?) 8. What is your relationship with 1. What was the most unexpected different literary genres? reaction that you had from a reader? 9. If you choose a single piece of what 2. How do you want your writing not you wrote what would it be? to be read? 10. Who influenced you mostly? How? poe-zine #05 17
  18. 18. A literary journey through South‐East Europe In October 2009 twenty young authors will start a journey which will take them through the cities of South East Europe to Istanbul. On the way, they will meet colleagues, observe, debate, read, blog and take photos and sound recordings, and, above all, write, capturing their experience in words and images. In all, more than fifty young writers, artists and translators from the region will be involved in the project and will contribute to publications in literary magazines in the participating countries and in the final publication. The train journey will take three groups of writers from Bucharest to Sofia, from Sarajevo to Belgrade, and from Ljubljana via Zagreb to Skopje, converging in Thessaloniki and finally in Istanbul. Word Express is a new project for literary and dialogue by establishing a network of exchange in South-East Europe, organised young writers, translators, literary by the UK-based Literature Across Frontiers magazines and venues in twelve countries in cooperation with Delta Publishing in and connecting them with the UK. Istanbul, Profil Books in Zagreb, Helicon in Tel Aviv and the National Book Centre in Some fifty young authors and translators Bucharest and other partners based in will be eventually involved in the project, twelve countries in the region. The project exploring the region’s cultural, social and is part of the EU-supported Literature political legacy and meeting their colleagues Across Frontiers Programme and of the from the participating countries. In October British Council’s Creative Collaboration 2009, twenty of them will form three Programme which aims to enrich the groups each of which will take a train cultural life of Europe and its surrounding journey through the Balkans to Istanbul, countries and to build trust and stopping in different cities where they will understanding across communities by take part in readings, debates and generating dialogue and debate. In a region translation workshops. In Istanbul, where marked with past and present conflicts, they will spend five days at the end of their Word Express aims to cross cultural and journey, they will participate in the Istanbul linguistic boundaries and bring new literary Book fair and in the new Istanbul Tanpinar voices of the region to the fore. Literature Festival, as well as reading and debating in other venues. The project which started in May 2009, aims to create opportunities for exchange The participants come from the following countries: Armenia, Bosnia and poe-zine #05 18
  19. 19. Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Sofia, Young Writers Club in Ljubljana, Israel, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, Endefktirio magazine and literary venue in Serbia, Slovenia, Turkey and the United Thessaloniki, Inknagir literary magazine in Kingdom – and their work will be translated Yerevan, and Helicon - the Society for the into the languages of the region and Advancement of Poetry in Israel and the published in literary magazines in each of Helicon Poetry Journal in Tel Aviv. the participating countries . They will also have the opportunity to work collaboratively on projects combining The project is co-financed by the British writing with video and film art, photography Council and Literature Across Frontiers and music, to be showcased in the second (supported by Culture Programme of the stage of the project, in 2010. European Union), with support from the For this project, led by Delta Publishing in Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Istanbul, the British Council and Literature Republic of Turkey, Ministry of Culture of Across Frontiers work with a range of other the Republic of Croatia, Ministry of Culture partners, including the National Book of the Republic of Macedonia, the Scottish Centre and the Romanian Cultural Institute Arts Council and Wales Arts International. in Bucharest and Istanbul, Profil Books in Visit www.wordexpress.org, Zagreb, Blesok in Skopje, Sarajevske sveske www.creativecollaborations.org.uk and (Sarajevo Notebooks for Regional Culture), www.lit-across-frontiers.org to find out Treci trg in Belgrade, Literaturen Vestnik in more. poe-zine #05 19
  20. 20. WORD EXPRESS program schedule Group 1 Barış Müstecaplıoğlu, Adela Greceanu, Claudiu Komartin + local writers Ivan Ljubljana – Zagreb – (via Belgrade) Skopje – Hristov ) (via Thessaloniki) – Istanbul Thessaloniki - Anahit Hayrapetyan, Ognjen Ljubljana - Raman Mundair, Efe Duyan + Spahid, Barış Müstecaplıoğlu, Adela local writer Mirt Komel Greceanu, Claudiu Komartin, Ivan Hristov + Zagreb - Raman Mundair, Efe Duyan + local local writers Chris Chryssopoulos, Katerina writers Marko Pogačar, Mima Simid Iliopoulou Skopje - Raman Mudair, Efe Duyan, Mirt Group 3 Komel (joins), Marko Pogačar, Mima Simid + Sarajevo – Belgrade – (via Skopje) local writers Igor Isakovski, Aleksandra Thessaloniki – Istanbul Dimitrova travel via Thessaloniki (without stopping) to Istanbul Sarajevo - Netalie Braun, Owen Martell + local writer Adisa Basid Group 2 Belgrade - Netalie Braun, Owen Martell, Bucharest – Sofia – Thessaloniki – Adisa Basid + local writer Milan Dobričid Istanbul Thessaloniki - Netalie Braun, Owen Martell, Bucharest – Anahit Hayrapetyan, Ognjen Adisa Basid, Milan Dobričid + local writers Spahid, Barış Müstecaplıoğlu + local writers Chris Chryssopoulos, Katerina Iliopoulou 19 Adela Greceanu, Claudiu Komartin travelling, joined by Uri Hollander in Sofia – Anahit Hayrapetyan, Ognjen Spahid, Istanbul, where they meet Turkish writers. poe-zine #05 20
  21. 21. Open your halls for reading An interesting cultural event held recently spoken directly among gasps and open calls at the Romanian Peasant’s Museum. In a for action. public reading, the poet Daniela Crăsnaru, the writer Adela Greceanu and the Many of the foreign writers and poets translator and poet Claudiu Komartin were attending this public reading started their joined by Anahit Hayrapetyan (Armenia), career as journalists. The atmosphere was Barış Müstecaplıoğlu (Turkey) and Ognjen relaxed by the narrative application of the Spahic (Montenegro). All guest from Montenegro: "I cannot talk this happened in Word before I have a beer and Express project, initiated an ashtray.” Author, by Literature Across translated into English, Frontiers and British French and German, Council, developed Spahic wrote a short with Romanian Cultural story about Romanian Institute support by the leprosaria, the last one in Europe. "1 National Book Center. Claudiu Komartin read percent reality, 99, three poems from his fiction" he describe his most recent volume, "A art for an audience season in Berceni. If composed mostly Adela of youngsters. Greceanu presented In interwar period, such excerpts from "The Bride meetings were mostly with red socks', a book held in cultu- with a lively start and a flunk finishing, with ral institutions. In this format, a public the frustration of a character who did not hungry for knowledge can be closer to the find cadence in love made public under a authors and their preferred writings. magnifying glass, Anahit Hayrapetyan Publishers should deal more than the presented in a more direct style of the promotion of authors. The large number of poem of erotic memories from the Mount participants has shown a desire for such Ararat. events. The event was introduced by Barış Müstecaplıoğlu talked about problems Razvan Tupa, the founder of Poetics of the in Turkish society . Daniela Crăsnaru, known Quotidian meetings. for her discursive verve, the diffuse modesty read a poem about lust Adapted from http://www.bookiseala.ro/ poe-zine #05 21
  22. 22. Meet the writers on board of Word Express: BRAUN, NETALIE Netalie Braun, born 1978, is a film director of fiction and documentary films, a writer, lecturer in film studies and the artistic co‐director of the international women’s film festival in Israel. She wrote and directed three short films ‐ The Last Supper, 2004, Core, 2005, and Gevald, 2008 ‐ and a documentary Metamorphosis, 2006, based on testimonies of raped women. Her poems and short stories have been published in BAŠID, ADISA various literary magazines. Her first poetry Adisa Bašid was born in 1979 in Sarajevo. volume called Kill and Breathe came out in She has a degree in Comparative Literature, 2006. and an MA in Human Rights and Democracy. She spent a year in Germany on a DAAD grant studying German and Media at Phlipps University in Marburg. She has travelled widely and has participated in a number of literary encounters in Bosnia and abroad. In 2003 she spent four months travelling in the USA together with other young writers from conflict‐ridden countries and has given readings in many venues from San Francisco to Boston. She works as a journalist in the culture section of SlobodnaBosna weekly, the largest circulation Bosnian daily. She has published two poetry collections, Hava’s Sentences (1999) and Trauma Market (2004). Her CHRYSSOPOULOS. CHRISTOS poetry and literary criticism has been Christos Chryssopoulos (1968) is a novelist, published in leading magazines in the essayist and translator. He was born in region, including Sarajevske sveske, Novi Athens and is among the most prolific pogledi and Treci trg. Her story “To Survive young prose writers on the Greek literary Hitchhiking” was awarded at UNESCO scene. He has authored five novels, most competition for best short stories of young recently The London Day Of Laura Jackson writers from South‐Eastern Europe, while (2008), a volume of essays (The Language her second book Trauma market was Box, 2006), and one collection of short selected for best poetry collection at stories (Napolean Delastos’ Recipes, 1997). International Publisher's Encounters Since 1999, he has collaborated with the “Voyage to the Center of Europe” in Pazin, visual artist Diane Neumaier on several art Croatia, awarded with a one‐month projects. fellowship in Graz, Austria. poe-zine #05 22
  23. 23. Their artists’ book, The Black Dress, was Stremez. In 2008, her third collection of published in the USA in 2002. Their poetry entitled Goddess Of The Feral Cats exhibition Encounters was held at the was published by Blesok, Skopje, and Reykjavik Museum of Art in 2003 and the in 2009 her fourth book was published by corresponding catalogue was published in the same publisher. The fourth book is 2004. Christos has been featured in many entitled In The Barbie’s Aquarium. Her anthologies of contemporary Greek fiction poetry has been published in the electronic and writes regularly on literary theory. His magazine for culture Blesok No.63. She is work appears in five languages. He has won working on her master thesis on The a number of grants and has been invited to Post‐Modernist Traps In Goran Stefanovski’s writers’ centres in Europe and America. He Plays. As well as poetry, she writes prose was an Iowa Fellow in 2007. His website is: and literature reviews. She is an author of http://chrissopoulos.blogspot.com/ the blog www.bonbonce.blogspot.com. Aleksandra Dimitrova works and lives in Skopje, Republic of Macedonia. MILAN DOBRIČID Milan Dobričid (1977, Belgrade) is a poet, prose writer, translator and editor. He holds degrees in Serbian and world literature from the University of Belgrade and from the Belgrade Open University. He is one of the founders of the cultural NGO NGO Tredi Trg (Third Square) which publishes the electronic and printed literary and art magazine Tredi Trg (www.trecitrg.org.rs), DIMITROVA, ALEKSANDRA where he works as editor. He is also the Aleksandra Dimitrova was born on 20 founder director of the Belgrade September 1977 in Skopje, Republic of International Poetry and Book Festival. His Macedonia. She graduated in Macedonian poetry and prose has been in various Literature and South Slavic Literatures. Serbian magazines and newspapers During her studies at the St. Cyril and (Student, Beogradske novine, Pančevac, Methodius University in Skopje, she Rukopisi, Istočnik, Txt, URB, Re, Contrastes, published poetry in the Mugri student Album), and he has also published studies literary magazine and in the Lettre about early Internationale literary magazine. In 2002, Christianity. His short stories were included her first book of poetry, Exercises For in the anthology Shortest stories (2006), and Proper Breathing was published by he has co‐authored the prose book Diary Makavej, Skopje. Her second collection of 2000 ( 2001). His poetry collections are poetry entitled Me‐You was part of a Pressure (2002), Coping (2006) and Blessed project with the painter Marija Nikoloska Losers (2009). His works had been Naneska in 2004. The project was installed translated into English, French, Polish and in the Skopje City Museum on 12 October Catalan. 2002. In 2003 and 2004, her poems were published in the literary magazine poe-zine #05 23
  24. 24. recent novel (The Red‐Socked Bride, 2008) develop her onirical, almost surrealistic vision, making her one of the most original contemporary Romanian writers whose poetry is considered to continue the tradition of Gellu Naum and Rene Char. Anahit Hayrapetyan was born in 1981 in Armenia. Initially she studied computer science at the State Engineering University DUYAN, EFE of Armenia, and in 2005 she participated in Efe Duyan, born 1981 in Istanbul, is a poet World Press Photo seminars. Currently she and architect. After graduating from the is studying at the Danish School of Media German School of Istanbul he studied and Journalism in Copenhagen. In 2002, the Architecture and Philosophy at Middle East Armenian Center for Contemporary Technical University (B.A.) and History and Experimental Art published her first book of Theory of Architecture in Yıldız Tecnical poems. In 2005, her second book Taboo University (M.S). He teaches architecture at was published, winning the Young Writer Mimar Sinan University. His poems and Award of the Writers Union of Armenia. Her essays have been published in several poems have been published in Inknagir, literary reviews such as Edebiyat Eleştiri, Bnagir, Actual Art, Garun and Gretert Öteki‐Siz, Damar, Kavram Karmaşa, Akköy. magazines. Alongside writing she has been He has been on editorial boards of the engaged in photography. Her photos have reviews Nikbinlik, Damar, Sol and Sanat been published by National Gegraphic Cephesi. He has published one collection of Traveler, Eurasianet.org, Armenianow.com, poems, Takas (2006) with Kemal Özer. His Zaman, Ogoniok, Newsweek. In 2006, she book The Construction of Characters in won the President's Prize in Armenia, as Nâzım Hikmet’s Poetry was published in well as prizes for Eurasia Social Portrait 2008. 2007, Black Sea and Caucasus 2008, Europe and Asia 2009. GRECEANU, ADELA HAYRAPETYAN, ANAHIT Photo by Anahit Hayrapetyan Her debut Titlul volumului meu, care mă preocupă atât de mult... (The Title Of My Collection, Which Preoccupies Me So Much...) made Adela Greceanu (1975) one of the voices that highlighted a certain shift of vision and attitude the new Romanian poetry. Concerned with femininity and the subjective emotional life of a "persona" called in her second book Domnişoara Cvasi (Miss Quasi, 2001), Adela Greceanu consolidated her reputation with every new book. Her latest collection (Understanding Right Through The Heart, 2004) and her poe-zine #05 24
  25. 25. Uri Hollander (1979) is a poet, translator, musican, literary critic and journalist. He graduated summa cum laude from the Israeli Music Conservatory in Tel Aviv in 1997. In 2002, he studied at the Department of the Hebrew Bible at Tel Aviv University and from 2002 to 2005 he was a student in the Adi Lautman Interdisciplinary Program for Outstanding students at Tel Aviv University. He received his MA in Judaic studies from the Tel Aviv University in 2005 and is currently a Doctoral student at the Department of Hebrew Literature at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His publications include Notes from the Miracle Fair: Essays on Modern Poetry (2003), a Hebrew HRISTOV, IVAN translation of E. E. Cummings: Selected Photo from the author’s archive Poems (2003), a book of poetry The The poet and critic Ivan Hristov (1978) Wandering Piano (2005), selected poems in graduated in Bulgarian philology at Sofia Hebrew translation Max Jacob: Les vrais University in 2001 and defended his PhD on miracles (2006), Portrait on the Edge of Bulgarian 1920s Modernism at the Darkness: Essays on the poetry of Israel Har Bulgarian Academy of Sciences in 2008. His (2007), poems and a classical music CD Days first book of poetry, Sbogom devetnajsti vek of the Tel‐Aviv Conservatory (2007). He is (Farewell To the 19th Century, 2001) won currently working on selected poems in the prestigious 2002 Southern Spring award Hebrew translation Eugene Guillevic: for the best debut book. His second Parenthèse and Lattices: Essays on Dan collection, Bdin (2004) received critical Tsalka. He is the recipeint of several awards acclaim, as well as the 2006 Svetlostrui including the Metula Poetry Festival Prize Prize for poetry. He regularly publishes and the Israel Ministry of Education Prize poems in anthologies and leading Bulgarian for Young Poets. He lives and works in Tel periodicals including Literary Newspaper, Aviv, Israel. Altera, Sega, Capital. His work has been HOLLANDER, URI translated into English, Croatian, German Photo by: Dan Porges and Hungarian. Ivan has participated in poetry festivals abroad, including Ars Poetica in Bratislava in 2007 and the Goran Spring Festival in Croatia in 2009, where hereceived first prize in the Poetry Marathon in Hvar. Ivan Hristov is also a leading literary critic of his generation with numerous academic publications and regular participation in conferences both in Bulgaria and abroad. poe-zine #05 25
  26. 26. Katerina Iliopoulou was born in Athens and studied Chemistry at the University of Thessaloni ki, and Fine Arts at Guildhall University in London. ISAKOVSKI, IGOR Her first book of poetry entitled Mister T. Photo by Goran Stoiljkovic (2007) won the "prize for a new author" of Igor Isakovski (1970 Skopje, Macedonia) is a the literary journal Diavazo. Asylum is her poet and prose writer. He holds a BA in second book of poetry (2008). She is a World and Comparative Literature from Sts. member of the arts collective intothepill Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje (www.intothepill.net). In 2007, as a parallel and MA in Gender and Culture, CEU, project of the first Athens Biennial, Budapest. He has worked as radio & TV intothepill organized and presented show host for various stations in Karaoke Poetry Bar, a multimodal Macedonia. He is founder and director of installation with poetry, video and the Cultural Institution Blesok and works as performance. She was the editor of the its editor‐in‐chief and webmaster. He has bilingual (Greek/English) anthology of published Letters (1991, novel), Black Sun contemporary Greek poetry Poetry Karaoke (1992, poetry), and many more. His work which was published as part of the project. has been translated and published in USA, She has edited and translated into Greek Australia, Korea, Netherlands, Romania, the poetry of Sylvia Plath (2003) and has Slovenia, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Bosnia also translated poetry by Mina Loy, Ted and Herzegovina, Serbia, Croatia, Bulgaria, Hughes and Robert Hass for the journals Montenegro, Israel, Poland, Hungary, and Poiisi, Poiitiki and the e‐zine poema.gr. She United Kingdom, including Sky (poetry in is currently working on an anthology of Ted English, 1996, 2000), Sejanje smeha Hughes’ poetry due to be published in 2010. (selected poetry in Serbian and She is the editor of poetrybox in the e‐zine Macedonian, 2003), I & Tom Waits www.happyfew.gr. She is also a member of (selected poetry in English and Macedonian, Poetry Now a poet’s collective which 2003), Sandglass (short stories in English, organizes regular discussions and readings 2003). He translates poetry, prose, and investigating aspects of contemporary essays, from and into Macedonian, English, poetry. Serbian, Croatian, Bosnian, and ILIOPOULOU, KATERINA Montenegrian. He lives in Skopje. poe-zine #05 26
  27. 27. Mirt Komel was born in Šempeter pri Gorici, Slovenia, and now lives, works and writes between Nova Gorica, Ljubljana and Sarajevo. He studied at the Faculty of Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts and the Peace Institute in Ljubljana and is currently a PhD student at Department of Philosophy, Faculty of Arts. Since 2005 he has worked as Research Assistant at the Peace Institute of Ljubljana. He is the author of the first monograph about the physical and social aspects of touching in Slovenian (An attempt at a touch). He is the co‐founder and an active member of The Youth Club of the Slovenian Writer’s Association. He has published poems, novellas, plays and several literary reviews in the main literary journals in Slovenia and Bosnia (Apokalipsa, OtočjeO, Sarajevske sveske). He is the editor of an KOMARTIN, CLAUDIU anthology of young Slovenian writers, Photo by Mihai Grecea Zbornik Mladinskega kluba DSP. His Claudiu Komartin (1983) is a poet, literary publications include Mes(t)ne drame (City critic and translator. He has published three Dramas, 2006), a collection of three plays. collections: Păpuşarul şi alte insomnia (The In 2008, he published Luciferjev padec Puppeteer and Other Insomnia, 2003, (Lucifer's Fall), a dramatic poem in ten acts. 2007), Circul domestic (Domestic Circus, His literary‐philosophical travelogue, 2005), which was awarded The Romanian Sarajevski dnevnik (Sarajevo Diary) came Academy Poetry Prize, and the recent Un out in 2008. anotimp în Berceni (A Season in Berceni, KOMEL. MIRT 2009). The German writer Jan Koneffke Photo by Borut Krajnc wrote about him: "He makes a synthesis, both sarcastic and full of hope, of the Romanian contemporary society". Claudiu Komartin has translated poetry and prose from French, English and Italian and is preparing a book of literary criticism. His poems have appeared in international anthologies and literary reviews and have been translated into German, French, Spanish, Polish, Swedish, Serbian, Slovenian, Bulgarian, Hebrew and Korean. poe-zine #05 27
  28. 28. MARTELL, OWEN and lives and works in Scotland. Mundair is Owen Martell was born in 1976 and grew the author of A Choreographer's up in Pontneddfechan, south Wales. His Cartography, Lovers, Liars, Conjurers and first Welsh‐language novel, Cadw dyffydd, Thieves and The Algebra of Freedom. She is brawd, written while a student at a Rolex Mentor and Protégé Award Aberystwyth, won the Arts Council of nominee, a Robert Louis Stevenson Award Wales' Welsh Book of the Year award in winner and was identified recently by the 2001. His second novel, Dyn yr Eiliad (The BBC/Royal Court Theatre as one of the 'next Other Man), was short‐listed for the same generation of promising new writers in prize in 2004 and, according to one Britain'. reviewer, is "a landmark in recent Welsh Her artworks have been exhibited at the fiction". His most recent book is Dolenni Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow, City Art Hud, a collection of six short stories set in Gallery, Leicester and Kevin Kavanagh “Welsh” towns in the United States, Gallery, Dublin. The Independent produced in collaboration with newspaper wrote in a review of her work photographer Simon Proffitt and "Raman Mundair is a rare breed: a poet accompanied by Cymru Arall / Parallel whose writing works on the page and the Wales, an installation shown at The LAB in stage. Her readings reveal the secret music San Francisco in 2008. Owen Martell works of the poem… Mundair is literature at its also as a translator. His adaptation of best: thoughtful, provocative and sharp." Martin Crimp's Attempts on Her Life will be www.ramanmundair.com produced by the Sherman Cymru theatre, Cardiff, in summer/aut umn 2009. www.owenm artell.com MUNDAIR, RAMAN Photo by Iseult Timmermans Raman Mundair is a writer and artist. She was born in India, raised in Manchester and Leicester poe-zine #05 28
  29. 29. successful synthesis of Eastern and Western cultures. Its sequel called Merderan'ın Sırrı (Merderan’s Secret) was published in the same year and the third book, Bataklık Ülke (Boggy Land) came out in 2004. The Perg series, published by Metis Edebiyat, also the publisher of The Lord of the Rings and the Earthsea series in Turkey, came to an end after the fourth book. The last book of the series, Tanrıların Alfabesi (The Alphabet of the Gods) was published in February 2005. After Legends of Perg, the author has MÜSTECAPLIOĞLU, BARIŞ written two novels in different genres. His Barış Müstecaplıoğlu (Istanbul 1977). After novel Şakird (The Disciple) which is about completing his university education at the young missionaries of Islam was published Civil Engineering Department of the in October 2005. Kardeş Kanı (Brothers Bosphorus University, he began worked as a Blood), a thriller about street children and Human Resources Specialist. His short organized crime was published in 2006. His stories for youth as well as his book reviews books have been translated into Polish and were published in literary magazines such Bulgarian. Baris Mustecaplioglu has lately as E Edebiyat, Varlık, Altyazı, and Kitap‐lık. been working in cooperation with the In 1995, he received the İstek Foundation illustrator Engin Deniz Erbaş from Bilgi Alumni Association’s İffet Esen Short Story University in order to visualize the Land of Award. The first book of his four‐book Perg. The author also writes reviews and series with the title Legends of Perg was essays for various magazines. He is Korkak ve Canavar (The Coward and the currently working on a new novel which he Beast) published in 2002. The story took plans to get published in the first months of place in the fantastic land of Perg, which 2009. was created by the author through a www.barismustecaplioglu.com Poetics of the Quotidian in Prague, the „poetry. the power” screening, in September 2009 poe-zine #05 29
  30. 30. Friday 30.10.2009 22:00 Aniversary in Berlin POETRY LIVE – The Long Night of Young Romanian Poetry Venue: Literaturwerkstatt Berlin, Knaackstr. 97, 10435 Berlin Entry free (expected to last until 3 am) reading stages as in clubs. In the series Featuring: Constantin ‘Young Blood from Romania’, ten Acosmei (Romania), Svetlana young poets who have been showered Carstean (Romania), Rita with awards for their debuts will be Chirian (Romania), Gabi showing what poetry from Romania is Eftimie (Romania), Sorin all about.Short video-poems by various Gherguţ (Romania), Vasile Romanian artists will accompany this Leac(Romania), Stefan long night of poetry. The right mood Manasia (Romania), Vlad will be created by the sampling artist Moldovan (Romania), Ioana Silent Strike. The poets will be doing Nicolae(Romania) ‘Poetry On Request’ in the Moderated by Răzvan Țupa Kulturbrauerei on the evening before The young poets’ scene in Romania is this, when visitors can request a poem. bubbling over with boiling creativity and love of experimentation. With video selection by Andrei Ruse. Dissatisfied with conventional ways of An event sponsored by the „Titu doing things, it rampages uninhibitedly Maiorescu” Romanian Cultural into other art-forms and is totally Institute in Berlin in partnership with unafraid of unusual ways of presenting the Romanian literary journal ‘Noua work. It is just as much at home on Literatura’
  31. 31. Program 30.10.2009 22.00 Film- poetry. the power 00.10 Dj 00.25– mythology of the trauma with 23.00- Introducing the evening Rita Chirian, Stefan Manasia Razvan Tupa reading, Q&A 00.45 Dj Each two poets are invited onstage in live interviews as in poetics of the quotidian. 01.00 poetics of the presence with 20.min din care 2 momente de lectura. Gabi Eftimie, Vlad Moldovan 23.15 biografia poetica with 01:20 Dj Svetlana Carstean, Sorin Gherguţ 01:35 performing poetry 23.35 Dj Vasile Leac, Videopoems selectated by Andrei Ruse 23.50 poetics of the experience with 01:55 DJ Constantin Acosmei, Ioana Nicolae poe-zine #05 31
  32. 32. The Poetics of the Quotidian celebrated 100 editions in May 2009, after 4 years of weekley meetings in Club A. In the 5th year seasons, the Poetics of consciousness of contemporary the Quotidian transformed the initial expression. effort of promoting contemporary SEASON X literature into a scene for debating and NEXT EVENTS>>> presenting dynamic projects. CIX October,30th- BERLIN LIVE POESIE - Contemporary writers answer to Ioana Nicolaie, Sorin Ghergut, Rita questions from the audience and Chirian, Svetlana Carstean, Gabriela Eftimie, Constantin Acosmei, Stefan present a personal approach for their Manasia, Vasile Leac and Vlad Moldovan own work and for the poetry, prose and CX November, 5th- Club A, 18.00 – theories that had influenced their Twitter -literature –Dragos C writing. Butuzea, Adrian Ciubotaru, Andrei Ruse The new format of Poetics of the CXI November, 12nd – Club A, Quotidian includes a section of open 18.00 Olga Stefan mic for anyone who would perform CXII November, 19th- Club A, 18.00- their own writing or the poems that are Vasile Ernu, “The Last Heretics of the Empire” important for their development. CXIII November, 26th- A bohemian In 2009, we developed the initial tradition of poetry with Alexandru “literature in motion” concept into Tiepac, Octavian Mihalcea, Gabriel “Republica poetica”, an open structure Tudorie aimed to strengthen the poetic All the events are to be confirmed poe-zine #05 32