Poetry and translation panel

Next Tuesday 16 May I will be joining a poetry and translation panel, organized by the Centre for Mexico Studies in the UK at King’s College, with fellow poets and translators Richard Gwyn, Anna Crowe, and Pedro Serrano. 

It starts at 18.00 at King’s building K1-56 (Strand).

We’ll be talking about the work of poets and poetry translators, and the challenges and delights of the craft.

I hope you can join us to explore the connections between Mexican, Latin American and British poetry, and the way they are expressed through translation. We will also be discussing our recent books: Peatlands by Pedro Serrano, translated by Anna Crowe; The Other Tiger: Recent Poetry from Latin America by Richard Gwyn; and Debajo la hierba. Arriba la bóveda del cielo, my anthology of British poetry translated into Spanish.

You can book in https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/poetry-and-translation-panel-tickets-34278600216

 

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Westminster Bridge

This is the city I love, the city I chose to live my life in, and I am brokenhearted.

Today people were killed and injured in the streets of London out of hatred.

Things like this are happening every single day, all over the world. Every single day people die and are harmed out of hatred: the madness, the blindness of hatred.

Like many, I run out of words.

Beyond the political, historical, social explanations there’s a void, the space of no-words.

It is humanity.

I can only invoke compassion, I can only wish that a vast fiery flower of compassion enfolds us all. That it brings us to our knees, not in death but in weeping, the flood of tears that cleanse our eyes so that we can see what we are, in all our beauty but in all our horror too, and that the crying of a wounded humanity becomes a river that brings life and light as it passes through every shore.

Today hatred killed and harmed people. Today is everyday. I can think of no other resistance but compassion, for us all.

om mani padme hum

 Thousand armed Avalokitesvara bodhisattva

Image source: commons.wikimedia.org

Published in: on March 23, 2017 at 12:04 am  Comments (1)  

Modern Poetry in Translation – Korean poetry

The latest issue of Modern Poetry in Translation, “The Blue Vein“, has just come out. A thing of beauty!

It will be launched on  Tuesday 21 March, at 19.30, at The Print Room in London, with readings from Don Mee Choi and Denise Riley, followed by a discussion chaired by the magazine’s editor, Sasha Dugdale (who has written a forceful editorial asking the disturbing, vital questions that spring from the growing darkness in the world we’re living in now).

The Print Room is at the site of the old Coronet Cinema in Notting Hill. The addres is 103 Notting Hill Gate, London W11 3LB.

And on Wednesday 22 March, at 17.00, Korean poet Don Mee Choi will be reading at SOAS’ School of Translation.

Hope you can join us!

Published in: on March 20, 2017 at 9:47 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Para Rita, 6 años después / For Rita, 6 years after her death

Te extrañamos, Rita. Te queremos. Estás con nosotros, lo estarás siempre. Gracias por la alegría, por la belleza, por la risa. Gracias por la valentía, por el cariño y la lealtad. Gracias por haber compartido tanta vida y tanta creación, con tan enorme generosidad. Por tu presencia en mi vida. Gracias por cantar hasta el final. Por haber honrado el regalo de la vida hasta el último momento.

We miss you, Rita. We love you. You are here with us, and you will always be. Thank you for the joy, for the beauty, for laughter. Thank you for the courage, for the love, for the loyalty. Thank you for having shared with such generosity so much life and the creation of beauty. Thank you for your presence in my life. Thank you for singing until the end. For having honoured the gift of life up to the last moment.

Rita Guerrero, 22 de mayo de 1964 – 11 de marzo de 2011, in memoriam

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Published in: on March 10, 2017 at 11:20 pm  Comments (4)  
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Poetry for the International Women’s Day

To celebrate the International Women’s Day this year, Modern Poetry in Translation has assembled in its blog  ten brilliant female poets and their female translators:

http://modernpoetryintranslation.com/international-womens-day-2017/

The more complicated, scary, heartbreaking this world becomes, the more poetry pours forth everywhere. A mysterious alchemy, the art of tightrope walking that informs and rekindles hope.

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Nuevo libro / A new book

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Mi libro Con tu corazón y otros cuentos, publicado por la Dirección General de Publicaciones de la Secretaría de Cultura, acaba de salir de imprenta. Pronto estará en librerías, y lo pueden encontrar también en la Feria Internacional del Libro de Guadalajara. ¡Espero les guste! Comparto la portada.

My book of short stories Con tu corazón y otros cuentos, published by the Ministry of Culture’s Dirección General de Publicaciones in Mexico, has just come out. It will soon be in bookshops and at the International Book Fair in Guadalajara. The cover’s below.

con-tu-corazon-portada

Published in: on November 24, 2016 at 10:36 am  Comments (8)  

Day of the Dead and Human Rights Crisis in Mexico

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Justice Mexico Now is organising a discussion panel on the Day of the Dead tradition and the Human Rights Crisis in Mexico – a reminder that traditions cannot be assimilated in a vacuum that separates them from the reality experienced by actual human beings.

The details are below:

SPEAKERS
Jeremy Corbyn – Leader of Labour Party
Catherine West – Shadow Foreign Office Minister
Francisco Dominguez – senior lecturer at Middlesex University and secretary of the Venezuela Solidarity Campaign

CHAIR
Lila Caballero – member of JMN

Saturday 5th November at 17:00 at NUT, Hamilton House, Mabledon Place, London WC1H 9BD

The day of the dead (1st and 2nd November) is one of the most vibrant traditions in Mexican culture and has rightfully captured the attention of people all over the world. In preparation for welcoming the souls of deceased relatives and friends, Mexicans set up colourful altars with flowers, tasty food, drinks, music and the most treasured items of their loved ones. But the vibrancy of this celebration contrasts with the darkness and emptiness that many families face as a result of the violent human rights crisis that the country is going through.

Join Justice Mexico Now this coming Saturday 5th November at 17:00 at NUT, Hamilton House, Mabledon Place, London WC1H 9BD to hear more about this country of vibrancy and violence. Together with Catherine West MP and Jeremy Corbyn, Leader of the Labour Party.

We will explore Mexico’s recent past, present and future of human rights violations and how we can help and contribute to protect human rights in Mexico. Also there will be a traditional altar of the prehispanic time and some mexican food.

Published in: on November 4, 2016 at 11:54 am  Leave a Comment  

There’s another update on the infamous Blake Cottage story…

… so please go to my blog section in my Blake Cottage page. This is an update on the inconsistencies of the financial information being made public.

https://blakecottage.wordpress.com/blog/

Yet another update on Blake’s Cottage…

…after the publication of the article in the Sunday Times. Please visit my page:

https://blakecottage.wordpress.com/blog/

 

 

Published in: on September 5, 2016 at 11:09 am  Leave a Comment  

More Updates on Blake’s Cottage

If you want to read an update on the sorry story surrounding William Blake’s Cottage, please visit my webpage dedicated to it. There is a new blog entry:

https://blakecottage.wordpress.com/blog/

Also read Richard Brooks’ article of 4 September in the Sunday Times:

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/chariots-of-ire-as-blake-fans-squabble-over-poets-cottage-zw9dbflpx