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Ventrakl
By (author): Christian Hawkey
9781933254647 Paperback, Trade English POETRY / American / General Oct 15, 2010
$17.00 CAD
Active 6.6 x 7.72 x 0.39 in 152 pages Coach House Books Ugly Duckling Presse
Envisioned in the form of a scrapbook, Ventrakl folds poetry, prose, biography, translation practices, and photographic imagery into an innovative collaboration with the 19th/early 20th century Austrian Expressionist poet Georg Trakl. Like Jack Spicer's After Lorca, translation is the central mode of composition in this book, and it is also the book's central theme, which Hawkey explores in a surprising array of different genres and modes of writing. What evolves is a candid and deeplyfelt portrait of two authors-one at the beginning of the 20th century, the other at the beginning of the 21st century, one living and one dead-wrestling with fundamental concerns: how we read texts and images, how we are influenced and authored by other writers, and how the practice of translation-including mistranslation-is a way to ornament and enrich the space between literature and life. "Ventrakl will speak resonantly to anyone who has fallen for the work of someonelong dead and wants desperately to reach out both to it and to its creator." -Laird Hunt, Bookforum

Christian Hawkey has written two full-length collections of poetry (The Book of Funnels and Citizen Of), four chapbooks (HourHour, Petitions for an Alien Relative, Ulf, Sonette Mit Elisabethanischem Maulwurf), and a bi-lingual book of erasures, Sonne from Ort, made collaboratively with the German poet Uljana Wolf, with whom he also translates Ilse Aichinger. In 2006 he received a Creative Capital Innovative Literature Award. In 2008 he was a DAAD Artist-in-Berlin Fellow. In 2010 he created, with Rachel Levitsky, OoRS. His work has been translated into more than a dozen languages.

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