Centres of Cataclysm
Saturday 30 April, 09:30am-6:30pm
Wojciech Bonowicz in Cambridge: MPT 50th Anniversary Study Day
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.
Polish poets featured in the book: Wisława Szymborska, Wojciech Bonowicz, Tadeusz Różewicz, Krystyna Miłobędzka, Marzanna Bogumiła Kielar, Anna Kühn-Cichocka, Halina Poświatowska.
MPT seeks a real diversity of voices: women and men equally, different centuries, countries, races, creeds, languages, cultures, ideas. The very essence of the founding principle was: Your view is not the only one.
— David & Helen Constantine
The burning heart of cataclysm at the centre of the anthology is drawn out; through translation, migration and exile, it is transplanted into another soil. The word spoken under duress becomes a word of affirmation: a protection and a stating of our own humanity.
— Sasha Dugdale
MPT is the Fifth International, anyone who wants to change the world and see it changed should join.
— John Berger
Find out more about MPT’s 50th anniversary
Centres of Cataclysm. Celebrating 50 years of Modern Poetry in Translation
Edited by Sasha Dugdale and David & Helen Constantine
Published by Bloodaxe Books
Premiere of the catalogue “Polish Books for
As is tradition, along with the inauguration of the Bologna Children's Book Fair, the Book Institute's catalogue "Polish Books for Children & Young Adults" premieres, presenting excellent Polish books for young audiences that were published last year.