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Centres of Cataclysm : Celebrating Fifty Years of Modern Poetry in Translation

Dugdale, Sasha, Constantine, David, Constantine, Helen
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Bloodaxe Books Ltd
Published: February 25, 2016
ISBN: 9781780372648
384 pages

£15.00

Centres of Cataclysm celebrates the fifty-year history of Modern Poetry in Translation, one of the world’s most innovative and exciting poetry magazines. Founded in 1965 by Ted Hughes and Daniel Weissbort, MPT has constantly introduced courageous and revolutionary poets of the 20th and 21st century to English-speaking readers. Ted Hughes thought of MPT as an ‘airport for incoming translations’ – from the whole world, across frontiers of space and time.

These are poems we cannot do without. The anthology is not arranged chronologically but, from a variety of perspectives, it addresses half a century of war, oppression, revolution, hope and survival. In so doing, it truthfully says and vigorously defends the human.

In among the poems are illuminating letters, essays and notes on the poets, on the world in which they lived and on the enterprise of translating them.

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