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Division of Languages and Literature and Translation Project present
Continuing from their afternoon practicum, and in the spirit of Charles Olson’s Special View of History, Hollander and Alcalay will read from their poetry and prose. Their reading will play off Hericalitus’s maxim which begins Olson’s Special View: “Man is estranged from that which is closest to him.”
For Alcalay, this means tracing event to memory to create another kind of consciousness in the present, a third eye on a distant landscape coming into zoom focus, or, like Jack Spicer’s poet as radio, radiating poems as messages coming in at different frequencies, frequenting multiple dimensions: writing which, in Robert Duncan’s view, works toward immediacy as it seeks after origins.
For Hollander, this means a writing which reshapes and brings to focus our historical Imagination, where facts on the ground can be transformed into fables in the air: writing which aspires to conditions articulated by the biographer and translator Robert Payne, that “America was [and could be again] fable before it became fact.
For more information, call 845-758-7203, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Location: Olin Language Center, Room 115