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Beowulf A Translation

ISBN-10: 0615612652
ISBN-13: 9780615612652
Edition: 2012
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Description: A stunning experimental translation of the Old English poem "Beowulf," over 30 decades old and woefully neglected, by the contemporary poet Thomas Meyer, who studied with Robert Kelly at Bard, and emerged from the niche of poets who had been  More...

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Book details

List price: $19.00
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Punctum Books
Publication date: 8/25/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 312
Size: 6.69" wide x 9.61" long x 0.71" tall
Weight: 1.298
Language: English

A stunning experimental translation of the Old English poem "Beowulf," over 30 decades old and woefully neglected, by the contemporary poet Thomas Meyer, who studied with Robert Kelly at Bard, and emerged from the niche of poets who had been impacted by the brief moment of cross-pollination between U.K. and U.S. experimental poetry in the late 1960s and early 1970s, a movement inspired by Ezra Pound, fueled by interactions among figures like Ed Dorn, J.H. Prynne, and Basil Bunting, and quickly overshadowed by the burgeoning Language Writing movement. Meyer's translation -- completed in 1972 but never before published -- is sure to stretch readers' ideas about what is possible in terms of translating Anglo-Saxon poetry, as well as provide new insights on the poem itself.According to John Ashberry, Meyer's translation of this thousand-year-old poem is a "wonder," and Michael Davidson hails it as a "major accomplishment" and a "vivid" recreation of this ancient poem's "modernity."

Born in Detroit, MI, David Hadbawnik is a poet and performer currently living with his wife, dog, and cat in Buffalo, NY. Previous publications include the books Translations from Creeley (Sardines Press, 2008), Ovid in Exile (Interbirth Books, 2007), and SF Spleen (Skanky Possum Press, 2006). He is the editor and publisher of Habenicht Press and the journal kadar koli . In Buffalo, he directs the Buffalo Poets Theater, and writes on his blog, Primitive Information.

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