The Center at Litquake! Mary Jo Bang and Graham Foust
Latin American Club | 3286 22nd Street | San Francisco, CA
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The Center is teams up with Litquake to present a reading from two vastly different but equally powerful translations, showcasing the talents of Mary Jo Bang and Graham Foust.
Mary Jo Bang’s most recent undertaking—a translation of Dante’s Inferno into contemporary “living English”—produces a work that’s as much a faithful interpretation of the original as it is a poem of Bang’s own. Bang re-imagines Dante’s classic poem to include references to pop culture and takes stylistic risks in order to capture its darkness and drama for a modern audience. Join us with Bang for the most engaging, fun, and revelatory reading of Dante you’ll ever experience.
Then Graham Foust reads from his new translation (a collaboration with Samuel Frederick) of German poet Ernst Meister’s In Time’s Rift, published by the estimable poetry press Wave Books. Appearing in English for the first time, this collection of brief, koan-like poems reflects Meister’s lifelong obsessions with being and mortality, which he contemplated in a style that has been compared to that of Paul Celan.
This reading takes place at the Latin American Club—come grab a margarita and hear some great writing.