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The Word Exchange: Anglo-Saxon Poems in Translation (Burlington)

Event date: 
Friday, November 30, 2012 - 7:00pm

Join us for an evening of Anglo-Saxon poetry in translation when an all-star cast of local and regional poets comes together to read from The Word Exchange.  Don't miss David Barber, David Cavanagh, Michael Collier, Greg Delanty, Major Jackson, Jay Parini and Elizabeth Powell at Phoenix Books Burlington. Featuring 123 all-new translations by seventy-four of our most celebrated poets, The Word Exchange is as fascinating and multivocal as the original literature it translates.


David Barber’s first book, The Spirit Level, won the Terence des Pres prize. His poetry and criticism have appeared in The Paris Review, The New Republic, The New York Times Book Review, and Poetry, and he has taught at MIT and Emerson College. He lives in the Boston area, and is The Atlantic's poetry editor.




David Cavanagh's poetry collections include The Middleman and Falling Body, both published by Salmon Poetry of Ireland. His poems have also appeared in numerous journals and anthologies in the U.S. and abroad. He lives in Burlington, Vermont, and is an associate dean at Johnson State College.



Michael Collier's sixth book of poems, An Individual History, was published recently by W.W. Norton. He teaches in the creative writing program and the University of Maryland and is director of the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference.



Greg Delanty's latest book of poems is The Greek Anthology, Book XVII (Carcanet Press). Other recent books are Loosestrife (Fomite Press), The Word Exchange, Anglo-Saxon Poems in Translation (WW Norton), and his Collected Poems 1986-2006 (Carcanet Press). He has received many awards, most recently a Guggenheim for poetry. He teaches at Saint Michael’s College, Vermont. He is a Past President of The Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writer.



Major Jackson is the author of three books of poetry, most recently Holding Company (Norton: 2012). He serves as the poetry editor of the Harvard Review.





Jay Parini is a poet, novelist, biographer, and critic. He is the author of over 20 books, ranging from poetry and non-fiction to biographies as well as collections of essays. He has edited numerous books, including The Columbia Anthology, The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Literature, and the Norton Book of American Autobiography. He lives in Weybridge, Vermont, where he has been on the faculty at Middlebury College since 1982.



Elizabeth Powell is the author of The Republic of Self and winner of the New Issues Prize in Poetry. She is the Co-Editor of the Green Mountains Review and is a professor at Johnson State College.





Event address: 
191 Bank Street
05401 Burlington
The Word Exchange: Anglo-Saxon Poems in Translation Cover Image
By Greg Delanty (Editor), Michael Matto (Editor), Seamus Heaney (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9780393342413
Availability: Backordered
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - April 9th, 2012

Featuring 123 all-new translations by seventy-four of our most celebrated poets, "this brilliant anthology infuses new vigor into Old English poetry" (Library Journal). Presented in an authoritative bilingual edition, The Word Exchange is as fascinating and multivocal as the original literature it translates.

"Anyone who has been put off Anglo-Saxon poetry because of the stiffness or academese of older translations will discover much to enjoy in The Word Exchange." - Michael Dirda, Washington Post

"The editors and translators . . . have unlocked the word hoard here, and have made us see this rich legacy with fresh eyes." - Michael Wood, Financial Times