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SDSU Takes Poetry International

Aired 4/24/13 on KPBS Midday Edition.

GUESTS

Poet Jenny Minniti-Shippey, San Diego State University professor, and managing Editor of Poetry International, first full length book of poems “Earth’s Horses & Boys.”

Poet Piotr Florczyk is a San Diego State University professor in the Master of Fine Arts in Poetry, he also teaches poetry at University of San Diego, and he has translated four volumes of poetry from Polish Poets. He's also co-founder of Calypso Editions Press.

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Event

Poets Forrest Gander and Pura Lopez-Colome will be reading as part of the Living Writers Series

April 24, at 7 p.m.

San Diego State's Love Library

The event is free and open to all.

The current issue of "Poetry International" features translations of poems by Burmese, Iranian, Chinese and Russian poets among others.

Think about a poem you love.

You recite it in your mind and it exists as a work of art you carry with you. But if you think about what makes the poem work, it's probably the rhythm, the sound and the context of words carefully chosen for their often multiple meanings.

It's that aspect of poetry that makes the task of translating poems from one language to another incredibly difficult.

At San Diego State, a literary journal called Poetry International works to broaden the boundaries of poetry through careful translation and enthusiastic promotion.

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