Event: January 2021

07:30 PM

Akademie für Lyrikkritik

European perspectives on poetry criticism

Event-Picture: European perspectives on poetry criticism


with Jan Wagner poet and translator, Berlin | Sarah Howe poet and poetry critic, London | Host: Christian Metz literary scholar and critic, Munich

Introduction: Asmus Trautsch poet and director of the Akademie für Lyrikkritik

Online on Facebook, YouTube & #kanalfuerpoesie

Contemporary poetry is polyglot: poets write from diverse linguistic backgrounds, many use several languages in their writings. International collaborations, especially within Europe, are flourishing, which is reflected in joint publications such as the anthology Grand Tour. A Journey Through the Young Poetry of Europe. Poetry from other countries is translated, received and awarded. At the same time, the publication of poetry is using more media: it is presented performatively and in digital formats, journals, chapbooks or on flyers, t-shirts and house walls.

How does poetry criticism react to these multilingual, plural and multimedia dimensions of contemporary poetry? Does it have to become more international itself and bring contemporary poetic works from other regions closer to a local audience? Which new formats can create more attention for the cause of poetry, from tweets to Pecha Kuchas? What about poetry criticism in other countries and linguistic areas? And how can different scenes of poetry and its criticism, such as those in Great Britain and those in German-speaking countries, learn from each other?

Jan Wagner, Sarah Howe, and Christian Metz will discuss these questions and European perspectives on poetry criticism.

The online discussion is framed by selected highlights from the Pecha Kuchas on poetry criticism from the first two years of the Akademie für Lyrikkritik.

The Akademie für Lyrikkritik is funded by the Hauptstadtkulturfonds. With kind support by Literaturport