Discussion featuring poets Carolyn Forché USA | Bejan Matur TUR | Brian Turner USA | Ghassan Zaqtan PSE moderated by: Claudia Kramatschek DEU Literaturkritikerin
“Poetry can travel freely between cultures and languages and not be incarcerated within the walls of nationalities,” wrote Palestinian poet Mahmud Darwisch. But what options does poetry offer when nations are at war with each other? What role can it play? Do the writers and readers of poetry stand outside the conflict? These four poets from different continents want to change realities – in every concrete encounter just as in their political and literary work, through their attention to the power of language just as through their practical involvement and commitment. They have witnessed war and political conflict. They are committed fighters for the safeguarding of democracy and human rights. They will be discussing these experiences and the possibilities they see for poetry in these situations. The event will have English-German interpreting available.