Modern Poetry in Translation (Series 3 No.15) Poetry and the State
Published by Modern Poetry in Translation
Poetry matters, and it matters that poetry should be translated and move freely across the frontiers of time and space. These are the premises on which we edit and poets and translators from all over the world contribute to MPT. But we want the next issue to prove a truth we hold to be self-evident: that poetry is necessary for a humane life. Some states encourage their poets, others ignore them, others imprison and murder them. We want to document ñ chiefly in translated poems, but also in statements and short essays ñ the varying but never easy relationship between poetry and the state. That does not mean we are only on the look-out for ëpoliticalí poems. Any lyric poem, insisting on the value of individual experience, lives in more or less uneasy dealings with the order and the ideology of the state. Does the state allow you the autonomy the poem demands? As always, we seek contributions from the present and the past, from near and far.
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