Matthias Göritz with translator Mary Jo Bang - Colonies of Paradise: Poems

Wednesday, November 2, 2022 - 7:00pm
Wednesday, November 2, 7pm CT
In person at Left Bank Books
399 N. Euclid Ave
St. Louis, MO 63108
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Left Bank Books presents Washington University professor, contemporary German novelist, poet, and translator,
Matthias Göritz,
and acclaimed poet and translator,
Mary Jo Bang
to discuss the first book of poetry by Matthias Göritz to be available in English
Colonies of Paradise: Poems
in our store on November 2nd at 7pm!
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MATTHIAS GÖRITZ is a poet, translator, and novelist. He has written four poetry collections, LoopsPoolsTools, and Spools; three novels, including Der kurze Traum des Jakob Voss ( The Brief Dream of Jakob Voss) and Parker; and three novellas. He has received the Hamburg Literature Prize, the Mara Cassens Prize, the Robert Gernhardt Prize, and the William Gass Award. He teaches at Washington University in St. Louis.

MARY JO BANG is the author of eight books of poetry--including Elegy: Poems, which received the National Book Critics Circle Award--and the translator of Dante's Inferno, illustrated by Henrik Drescher, and Purgatorio. She has received a Hodder Fellowship from Princeton University, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a Berlin Prize Fellowship. She teaches creative writing at Washington University in St. Louis.

 

The first book of poetry by Matthias Göritz to be available in English, in a translation by a renowned writer

Very few books of poetry by contemporary German writers are available to English-speaking readers. In Colonies of Paradise, acclaimed poet and translator Mary Jo Bang introduces the poems of novelist, poet, and translator Matthias Göritz, one of the most exciting German writers publishing today. The poems in this book, which originally appeared in German under the title Loops, take the reader on a tour of Paris, Chicago, Hamburg, and Moscow as they explore childhood, travel, and the human experience. Unsettling our expectations about adulthood, the book permeates the quotidian with a disquieting strangeness that leads us deeper into our own lives and histories. Göritz's sly humor, keen insight, and artistry are brought to the fore in Bang's careful and innovative translation, allowing an English-language audience to enter fully the intricate interiority of Göritz's work.

 

"Matthias Göritz is a poet of tremendous gifts and knowledge. His unique poetic voice is grounded and marked by historical and personal scars and horizons, which make his writing profound, intelligent, musical, playful, and innovative. A must for anyone with interest in contemporary European poetry." --Ales Steger, author of The Book of Things

"There are no neat stories and anecdotes here: the flashes of perception, of understanding, are given to us via stark metaphors, images, unpredictable syntax, musical structures that are by turns surprising and illuminating . . . This is the kind of art that is never willing to rest, always in motion. Matthias Göritz is an original, talented contemporary German poet, and translator Mary Jo Bang is one of the most interesting poets currently at work in the English language. Bravo." --Ilya Kaminsky, author of Deaf Republic: Poems

"Matthias Göritz's Colonies of Paradise is unlike any book of American poetry I can recall reading. It's a close-up, high speed tour of life, passing through various world cities--none of them home, yet each haunted by the gargoyle-like figures of Mother and Father. This may be the 'Giant Redeye Cicada' eye view of modern human existence--what one can see when one gives up thinking one understands. The book is rendered into sharp, pithy, idiomatic English by the poet and translator Mary Jo Bang, who has recently translated Dante. With her help, Göritz asks, 'Isn't it time we went missing?'" --Rae Armantrout, author of Finalists

 

Event address: 
399 N. Euclid Ave.
Saint Louis, MO 63108
Books: 
Colonies of Paradise: Poems By Matthias Göritz, Mary Jo Bang (Translated by) Cover Image
By Matthias Göritz, Mary Jo Bang (Translated by)
$18.00
ISBN: 9780810145818
Availability: On Our Shelves (Note - We update this inventory once per day.)
Published: TriQuarterly - October 15th, 2022

Inferno By Dante Alighieri, Mary Jo Bang (Translated by), Henrik Drescher (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Dante Alighieri, Mary Jo Bang (Translated by), Henrik Drescher (Illustrator)
$20.00
ISBN: 9781555976545
Availability: On Our Shelves (Note - We update this inventory once per day.)
Published: Graywolf Press - September 3rd, 2013

Purgatorio By Mary Jo Bang (Translated by), Dante Alighieri Cover Image
By Mary Jo Bang (Translated by), Dante Alighieri
$20.00
ISBN: 9781644450574
Availability: On Our Shelves (Note - We update this inventory once per day.)
Published: Graywolf Press - July 13th, 2021

A Doll for Throwing: Poems By Mary Jo Bang Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781555977818
Availability: On Our Shelves (Note - We update this inventory once per day.)
Published: Graywolf Press - August 15th, 2017

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