Friday, October 8, 2010
Poetry Friday: Dodge Festival
Even though the festival is changing venues -- moving from rural northwestern NJ to the city of Newark -- some things are not changing. The Dodge program continues to invite nationally recognized voices like Billy Collins and Kay Ryan, as well as international poets who are less familiar to American readers.
Dodge has introduced me to poets Taha Muhammad Ali and Ko Un. I love hearing the poets read in their native tongue, followed by the translation in English.
My goal today and tomorrow is to go hear poets who are new to me. On my must-see list is Iraqi-American poet Dunya Mikhail. Here is her poem, "The War Works Hard," a powerfully ironic ode to war.
The War Works Hard
by Dunya Mikhail
translated by Elizabeth Winslow
How magnificent the war is!
Early in the morning
it wakes up the sirens
and dispatches ambulances
to various places
swings corpses through the air
rolls stretchers to the wounded
from the eyes of mothers
digs into the earth
dislodging many things
from under the ruins...
Some are lifeless and glistening
others are pale and still throbbing...
It produces the most questions
in the minds of children
entertains the gods
by shooting fireworks and missiles
into the sky
Read the rest of the poem at The Academy of American Poets. Or you can listen to Mikhail read the poem in English at NPR.
Dodge is going to livestream some of the events. Visit their website to find out how to attend the festival from home!
Thanks to Carol at Carol's Corner for hosting the Poetry Friday round up today. Wander over there for more poetry posts. I apologize in advance for not visiting and commenting today -- but I'll make it up to you with some Dodge-related posts when I return.