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Sam Riviere is the author of the poetry books 81 Austerities and Kim Kardashian’s Marriage, both Faber, as well as numerous limited-edition titles. He won an Eric Gregory Award in 2009, and the Forward Prize for Best First Collection in 2012. Born in Norwich, he currently lives in Edinburgh, where he runs the micropublisher If a Leaf Falls Press.
Tonight we are pleased to launch his new collection After Fame, a discursive rendering of the Roman epigrammatist Martial’s Book I. Its 118 poems, on through a variety of including machine translation (for which Latin still presents near-insurmountable difficulties), employing the results as scaffolding for poems that improvise their way clear of their originals. As it progresses, the book is interrupted by reflections on authorship, technology, cultural complicity and the mediating role of the poet: all fixations of Martial’s work that still resonate today. Pitched between translation and new writing…
A Nottingham Poetry Exchange event
Entrance: £4.00 (£2.00 students) including refreshments