A Poet, His Translator, and His Paintings: Readings from Kopenhaga
“Grim, glancingly beautiful, always necessary.” —Joshua Clover
“Wróblewski is the true poetic chronicler of our 21st century diaspora in all its absurdities and anxieties.” —Marjorie Perloff
Join us for a bilingual reading from the first comprehensive collection of prose poetry by Grzegorz Wróblewski, a painter and one of Poland’s leading contemporary writers. Kopenhaga combines two tropes: the emigrant’s double identity and the ethnographer’s search for patterns. A series of vignettes from the crossroads of politics and culture, technology and ethics, consumerism and spirituality, the book functions as an investigation of alterity in the post-cold war era of ethnic strife and global capitalism. Whether he writes about refugees in Copenhagen (one of Europe’s major transnational cities), or the homeless, or the mentally ill, or any other marginalized group, Wróblewski points to the moral contradictions of a world supposedly without borders.
Grzegorz Wróblewski, born in 1962 in Gdańsk and raised in Warsaw, has been living in Copenhagen since 1985. He has published ten volumes of poetry and three collections of short prose pieces in Poland; three books of poetry, a book of poetic prose and an experimental novel in Denmark; a book of selected poems in Bosnia-Herzegovina; and a selection of plays. His work has been translated into fifteen languages. His poems in English translation appear in many journals, anthologies, and chapbooks, as well as in two collections Our Flying Objects (Equipage Press, 2007) and A Marzipan Factory (Otoliths, 2010).
Piotr Gwiazda has published two books of poetry, Messages (Pond Road Press, 2012) and Gagarin Street (Washington Writers’ Publishing House, 2005). He is also the author of James Merrill and W.H. Auden: Homosexuality and Poetic Influence (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007). He is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Maryland Baltimore County.
Monday, April 7, 2014 at 7:00pm
Chace Center Auditorium 20 North Main Street, Providence