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Poetry Club Talks…Translation with Sean Dwyer

Poetry Club Talks…Translation with Sean Dwyer

January 13, 2021

Topic: Translation
Host: Ron
Poem: W.S. Merwin's translation of Pablo Neruda’s “Poema 20”
Recorded: January 9, 2021

Dwyer vs Merwin / Poem 20

We have a guest this week! Author, poet, musician, Western Washington University Spanish professor, and host of the monthly Village Books Open Mic Sean Dwyer joins the club today.

Under the microscope are two poems; W.S. Merwin's Spanish/English translation of Pablo Neruda’s (b.1904-d.1973) “Poema 20” vs. Sean's translation.   Open up the document (attached) and follow along as Sean takes us line by line, explaining the difference between native and dictionary translation, the importance of cultural understanding, the effort to keep the original rhyming scheme, and more.  

 
We packed the presentation and Q/A into one show
 
Guide
Start - 43:00 minutes is a line by line exploration
43:00 - 48:00 Sean reads his translation in Spanish
48:00 - 1:20:00 Group Question and Answer
1:20:00 - We close with Pablo himself reading the original "Poem 20"  
 
-Thank you Sean for joining us today.  It was a delight!
 
Please visit Sean's website to learn more about this fascinating writer:
https://www.seandwyerauthor.com/quest
 
photo: Dwyer, Author photo and the cover of his latest book "Quest for Tears" about his recovery from a traumatic brain injury.  
Poetry Club Talks…RC Weslowski Part 2

Poetry Club Talks…RC Weslowski Part 2

January 5, 2021

Topic: RC Weslowski
Host: Shannon
Poem: "Follow Your Dreams"
Recorded: January 2, 2021

Follow Your Dreams

In part two, Poetry Club enthusiastically examines RC Weslowski's "Follow Your Dreams", a three-minute slam performance poem.  The work brings up many questions such as is slam poetry poetry, and if so HOW do you approach it? We also explore if "writing hungry" produces better work and does success ruin the quality of creative expression or strengthen it. 

Thank you, RC for sharing your words.  We really enjoyed your three poems. -Poetry Club

RC Weslowski is the 2016 Sheri-D Wilson Golden Beret award winner for excellence and innovation in the spoken word. He’s a 2 time World Cup of Poetry Slam Finalist, A Canadian Individual Poetry Slam Champion,  A Canadian Festival of Spoken Word Haiku Champion, A CFSW Underground Indie Champion, A CFSW Team Slam Champion, an NPS Haiku Death Match Runner Up, an NPS Team Slam Finalist and COACH of the 2014 Vancouver Youth Slam Team national champions.

RC gave us permission to discuss his poetry.  The poems attached belong to RC Weslowski.  Do not use without his permission.

Please visit his website to watch videos and learn more about this fascinating person.
http://rcweslowski.com/

Poetry Club Talks…RC Weslowski Part 1

Poetry Club Talks…RC Weslowski Part 1

December 30, 2020

Topic: RC Weslowski
Host: Shannon
Poems: "Sparks" and "PNE Love Affair"
Recorded: December 26, 2020

Sparks and PNE Love Affair

The use of Hyperbole, Onomatopoeia, the Pacific National Exhibition (PNE), and one special four-letter word are a few of the topics Poetry Club considers in this week’s discussion of the Canadian poet RC Weslowski.

RC Weslowski is the 2016 Sheri-D Wilson Golden Beret award winner for excellence and innovation in the spoken word. He’s a 2 time World Cup of Poetry Slam Finalist, A Canadian Individual Poetry Slam Champion,  A Canadian Festival of Spoken Word Haiku Champion, A CFSW Underground Indie Champion, A CFSW Team Slam Champion, an NPS Haiku Death Match Runner Up, an NPS Team Slam Finalist and COACH of the 2014 Vancouver Youth Slam Team national champions.

RC gave us permission to discuss his poetry.  The poems attached belong to RC Weslowski.  Do not use without his permission.

Please visit his website to watch videos and learn more about this fascinating person.
http://rcweslowski.com/

 

Poetry Club Talks…Composition Styles Part 3

Poetry Club Talks…Composition Styles Part 3

December 25, 2020

Topic: Composition Methods
Host: Ron Leatherbarrow
Poems: "Housekeeper", "River Ink", "Her Hands"
Recorded: December 19, 2020

In our final episode exploring personal styles of poetry composition, Shannon shares three poems written at different times, 2010, 2012, 2016, when her style shifted.  Her background in broadcasting plays an unexpected role not only in her composition but also in the presentation.

 

Housekeeper, River Ink, & Her Hands

 

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Poetry Club Talks…Composition Styles Part 2

Poetry Club Talks…Composition Styles Part 2

December 21, 2020

Topic: Composition Methods
Host: Ron Leatherbarrow
Poems: "Fold Your Wings"
Recorded: December 12, 2020

Three of us volunteered to share poems and talk about our composition methods.  In part two, Amory discusses her writing style and brings a sample of her work "Fold Your Wings" (below).  She shares how she'll often work the piece in her mind for days before sitting at her computer. As Ron says, "You don't know how GD lucky you are tonight to be hearing this!" Grab a cup of something warm and join us.

 

Fold Your Wings PDF

 

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