Yale Working Group in Contemporary Poetry

October 7 Meeting Minutes

Posted in Events, Member News, WGCP Communications by beineckepoetry on October 15, 2010

Friday, October 7, WGCP members Donald Brown and Hilary Kaplan

From the October 7 Meeting Minutes

On Friday, October 8th, Hilary Kaplan led a discussion of the work of the contemporary Brazilian poet Angelica Freitas.  Our discussion was centered on Rilke Shake, the poet’s first collection, which Hilary has been translating into English.  The conversation ranged from specifics about Freitas and her work to more general thinking about the process of translation and how one best serves that activity.  For instance, the question was asked, does one strive to create a fairly precise representation at least to the letter of the poem (in terms or form and connect) or does one strive to preserve the spirit of the original poem, even if that means introducing new elements or elements from the target cultural milieu rather than the original context?

But we began by discussing how it was that Hilary came to be translating the work. She described the amount of freedom or least flexibility she feels translating a poem close to the beginning of her career rather than a figure who has become a vested cultural authority.  The fact that Freitas was a kind of peer and the fact that she was young, queer, plugged into both literary as well as pop culture meant that Hilary could hear the work by way of a shared cross-cultural zeitgeist, one made up by a form of cosmopolitan and heterogeneous frames of reference.  Freitas’s publisher is Cosacnaify, whose list is comprised mainly of young, contemporary Brazilian poets.  Among these poets is Ricardo Domeneck, with whom Freitas edits the journals Hilda (http://hildamagazine.com/home.html) and Modo de Usar (http://revistamododeusar.blogspot.com/).

The complete meeting minutes are available online: October 7 Meeting Minutes.

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