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Cyrus Cassells is the author of More Than Peace and Cypresses (Copper Canyon Press, 2004); Beautiful Signor (1997); Soul Make a Path Through Shouting (1994); and The Mud Actor (1982), which was a National Poetry Series selection. His fifth book, The Crossed-Out Swastika, and a translation manuscript, Still Life with Children: Selected Poems of Francesc Parcerisas, were released in 2012.
Born in 1944, Francesc Parcerisas, the author of fourteen volumes of poetry, including Still Life with Children, Triumph of the Present, and The Golden Age, is considered the premier Catalan poet of his generation—a “miracle generation” of poets who came of age as Franco’s public banning of the Catalan language came to an end. He is also a masterly, award-winning translator of an impressive array of significant international writers, including Joseph Conrad, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Doris Lessing, Katherine Mansfield, Joyce Carol Oates, Cesare Pavese, Edgar Allan Poe, Ezra Pound, Rimbaud, Susan Sontag, William Styron, and Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney.
March 22, 2011 | 12:30pm

Lit&Lunch: Poet and Translator Cyrus Cassells

111 Minna Gallery | 111 Minna Street | San Francisco, CA

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Imagine you begin your career as a poet just as a national ban on your language is being lifted. That’s just what happened to renowned Catalan poet Francesc Parcerisas, who came of age just as the dictator Francisco Franco was losing his grip on power in Spain. Parcerisas went on to become both a celebrated poet and a prolific translator, bringing Conrad, Fitzgerald, Poe, Pound, Rimbaud, and even The Lord of the Rings to Catalonia.

In this Lit&Lunch, Pulitzer Prize-nominated poet and translator Cyrus Cassells talks about his new translations of this illustrious figure, Still Life with Children: Selected Poems of Francesc Parcerisas. A writer and actor, Cassells promises to offer a dynamic, lively afternoon of literature.

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Cyrus Cassells is the author of More Than Peace and Cypresses (Copper Canyon Press, 2004); Beautiful Signor (1997); Soul Make a Path Through Shouting (1994); and The Mud Actor (1982), which was a National Poetry Series selection. His fifth book, The Crossed-Out Swastika, and a translation manuscript, Still Life with Children: Selected Poems of Francesc Parcerisas, were released in 2012.
Born in 1944, Francesc Parcerisas, the author of fourteen volumes of poetry, including Still Life with Children, Triumph of the Present, and The Golden Age, is considered the premier Catalan poet of his generation—a “miracle generation” of poets who came of age as Franco’s public banning of the Catalan language came to an end. He is also a masterly, award-winning translator of an impressive array of significant international writers, including Joseph Conrad, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Doris Lessing, Katherine Mansfield, Joyce Carol Oates, Cesare Pavese, Edgar Allan Poe, Ezra Pound, Rimbaud, Susan Sontag, William Styron, and Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney.