Catastrophes/forms – The First World War and poetry
Julia Trompeter Foto: Peter Susewind
With Carolin Bohn Performer, Berlin Geert Buelens poet, Belgium Jacques Darras poet, France Marina Hertrampf, academic in Romance Languages, RegensburgMichael Lailach curator, Germany Iwona Mickiewicz poet, Berlin Sergej Moreino poet, Latvia Johann Reißer author, Berlin Xaver Römer author, Cologne Antony Rowland poet, UK Julia Trompeter author, CologneIstván Vörös author, Hungary. Moderation Armin Schäfer Literary Studies academic, Hagen.
Summer 1914: millions of men headed singing to the front, and the poets stood amongst them in the front lines. English poets and German expressionists, French Dadaists and Russian Futurists, Flemish, Hungarian and Baltic authors fought with weapon and word.
The horror over the atrocities of the bombs, tanks and poison gas of the first modern war didn’t just unsettle political landscapes, but also our world view and our vocabulary of images.
Poets from seven countries look back on the once-in-a-century disaster, and on the things that were no longer possible for poetry, and the novelties that arose.
The first part of the event presents a poetic performance, with poetry from the period of 1914 to 1918 from over 20 countries, depicting the turn from the preliminary enthusiasm over the war, to the shock at the atrocities of mass war.
The evening will close with readings by Jacques Darras, Antony Rowland, Sergej Moreino, Xaver Römer, Julia Trompeter and István Vörös, with current poems and performances of their work, which reflect on the First World War and its effects.
In collaboration with: centre international de poesie Marseille (France), Croatian PEN Centre (Croatia), Hrant Matevossian Foundation (Armenia), Literaturhaus Wien (Austria), Meridian International Poetry Festival Czernowitz (Ukraine), passa porta (Belgium), Petőfi Irodalmi Múzeum (Hungary), Rumänisches Kulturinstitut (Romania), Serbian PEN Centre (Serbia), Southbank Centre (England), Iryna Vikyrchak (Ukraine)
Kindly supported by: The German Foreign Office, The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Collegium Hungaricum Berlin (CHB), Institut français Deutschland