wordkunst

Alexander
Booth

Poetry. Translation.

Poetry

Roman Hours

Alexander Booth
Roman Hours

Poems

Chapbook / Pamphlet
Limited edition of 100 numbered copies
Spring 2017

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Chromatic_SGCatalogue


Chromatic


Stuck in a yellowed silence then simply stuck one post-catastrophe. Loves, leaves, that which was come apart in between. Colours now darker. Landscape other. Which worlds unsung which ones to come in that expanse the singular bloom: you: committed cadence of undoing.

Some afternoons a wash of Flemish light flame-lined they flared across the iron waters, sparked silver into evening, blurred the few figures beneath, then smouldered westward on swallowtail and shadow. Willow branches low. Twilight in the collar hinting past the curtain of the song.

This is what one remembers.

Still, up there, where evening only shows in reverse, one watched the weather warble pale in the panes. While down below, light already other, hope edged inward slowly, unseen, as it will. An embrace, a quiet falling, coagulation into alphabets unknown.

And yet, in the ripped-toothed city no ruin was ever gentle. An incessant hurry here construction furies against what will fade, creates, outside then in, the new geography of now: concrete, clip, angle and edge.

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Portrait


That city will always wear
Two faces, or more, of course, if not
For me: two
                  veils, decade-
Drawn & mute
                      mostly, seamless
Ghosts across the seasons. More unsure

Than ever every corner
          joins in the ritornello: rust
Straw        Past wound
            up like leaves, like hair, like heat
The sun's eternal arc
                         forever dividing
This bed into now & then          you & you












This Broken-Waisted Waltz


Morning through the window, the inner courtyard: no shaft but throat, the space, the pearlflecked light now cotton, now cocooned. Tea. A candle. The same sweater worn for weeks. Radio. Black bread with cheese. The light that comes. The window. The silence.

The story in this city has always been the same: back & forth a wandering of streets, one side to the other, see: this shall be, have been, a story of certain silence. Of simple drift & days. Muteness. Tonalities of gray. Elevated railways that break to blackout. Disappearing act empty, audience absent, of echoes always one: wait harder.


Cast


Long the light, & still
Hot. First reds, a yellowing
   In leaf
Breeze on burnt grass
In corners the shadows of wings

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(this poem first appeared with
Konundrum Engine Literary Review)


The presence of air


Without my having noticed
Something

Had changed

Not that I could leave
But could no longer stay

Inside the small
A glimpse, overheard

Perfect my death word

Books in translation

Love Writ Large

Navid Kermani
Love Writ Large

Novel. From the German.
London: Seagull Books

Autumn 2018
ISBN:9780857426024

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For a fifteen-year-old, falling in love can eclipse everything else in the world, and make a few short weeks feel like a lifetime of experience. In Love Writ Large, Navid Kermani captures those intense feelings, from the emotional explosion of a first kiss to the staggering loss of a first breakup. As his teenage protagonist is wrapped up in these all-consuming feelings, however, Germany is in the crosshairs of the Cold War—and even the personal dramas of a small-town grammar school are shadowed by the threat of the nuclear arms race. Kermani’s novel manages to capture these social tensions without sacrificing any of the all-consuming passion of a first love and, in a unique touch, sets the boy’s struggles within the larger frame of the stories and lives of numerous Arabic and Persian mystics. His becomes a timeless a tale that reflects on the multiple ways love, loss, and risk weigh on our everyday lives.

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confine

Collective Narrative
Confine

Reportage. From the Italian.
Como: Delicious Editions

Spring 2018
ISBN:9788894004113

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A collective narrative about how the Italian city of Como and its railway station, on the border between Italy and Switzerland, became a refugee camp.


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The Nameless Day

Friedrich Ani
The Nameless Day

Novel. From the German.
London: Seagull Books

Spring 2018
ISBN: 9780857424778

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After years on the job, police detective Jakob Franck has retired. Finally, the dead—with all their mysteries—will no longer have any claim on him. Or so he thinks. On a cold autumn afternoon, a case he thought he’d long put behind him returns to his life—and turns it upside down. The Nameless Day tells the story of that twenty-year-old case, which began with Franck carrying the news of the suicide of a seventeen-year-old girl to her mother, and holding her for seven hours as, in her grief, she said not a single word. Now her father has appeared, swearing to Franck that his daughter was murdered. Can Franck follow the cold trail of evidence two decades later to see whether he’s telling the truth? Could he live with himself if he didn’t? A psychological crime novel certain to thrill fans of Henning Mankell and Jo Nesbo, The Nameless Day is a masterpiece, a tightly plotted story of contemporary alienation, loss, and violence.

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Berlin Heartbeats

Anke Fesel / Chris Keller
Berlin Heartbeats: Stories from the Wild Years

Art book. From the German.
Berlin: Suhrkamp Verlag

Spring 2017
ISBN: 978-3-518-46768-8

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Berlin after reunification is no longer an island. Old structures are dissolving, leaving new spaces for improvisation and experiment. These in-depth photo essays and exclusive conversations tell groundbreaking as well as lesser-known, though no less extraordinary stories, bringing to life the city’s recent history. Includes conversations with Klaus Biesenbach, Frank Castorf, Flake, Dimitri Hegemann, Judith Hermann, Robert Lippok, Sven Marquardt, Christiane Rösinger, OL, and Sasha Waltz. With photographs by Ben de Biel, Harald Hauswald, Ute Mahler, Hendrik Rauch, Philipp von Recklinghausen, Markus Werner, and Rolf Zöllner.

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Moor

Gunther Geltinger
Moor

Novel. From the German.
London: Seagull Books

Spring 2017
ISBN: 9780857423689

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It’s the early 1970s and Dion Katthusen, thirteen, is growing up fatherless in a small village in northern Germany. An only child plagued with a devastating stutter, Dion is ostracized by his peers and finds solace in the company of nature, collecting dragonflies in a moor filled with myths and legends. On the precipice of adulthood, Dion begins to spill the secrets of his heart—his burning desire for faultless speech and his abiding relationship with his mother, a failed painter with secrets of her own. Even as Dion spins his story, his speech is filled with fissures and holes—much like the swampy earth that surrounds him. Nature, though so often sublime, can also be terribly cruel. Moor is Dion’s story—a story of escaping the quicksand of loneliness and of the demands we make on love, even as those surrounding us are hurt in their misguided attempts to bear our suffering. A mysterious and experimental portrait of childhood, Moor is evocative and bold—Dion’s story emerges from the forces of nature, his voice rising from the ground beneath the reader’s feet, not soon to be forgotten. Gunther Geltinger was born in 1974 in Erlenbach am Main and lives in Cologne. He studied scriptwriting and dramaturgy at the University for Music and Performing Arts in Vienna and at the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne. Geltinger’s critically acclaimed debut novel Mensch Engel (Man Angel) was published in 2008. Moor, longlisted for the prestigious Wilhelm Raabe Literature Prize, is his second novel.

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Pech Blende

Susanne Kriemann
P(ech) B(lende)

Art book. From the German.
Dresden: Spector Books

Summer 2016
ISBN: 9783959050999

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Library for Radioactive Afterlife The artist’s book P(ech) B(lende): Library for Radioactive Afterlife by Susanne Kriemann looks at the political and real invisibility of the highly radioactive mineral pitchblende (uraninite). From 1946 to 1989 pitchblende was mined in the Erzgebirge (Ore) Mountains in an area contained within the former GDR and was an important component in the USSR’s nuclear arsenal. The publication brings together seven texts viewing the subject with a literary eye through the lens of media theory. All the texts deal with the documentation of radioactive materials, their effects, and afterlife. The book P(ech) B(lende): Library for Radioactive Afterlife ties in with Kriemann’s exhibition Pechblende (Chapter 1) at the Ernst Schering Foundation in Berlin (17, March to 5, June 2016). The work was previously on show at Prefix ICA in Toronto under the title Pechblende (Prologue). With texts by: Susan Schuppli, Jussi Parikka, Heike Catherina Mertens, Jayne Wilkinson, Christina Landbrecht, Friederike Schäfer and Lutz Seil

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Ginostra

Benedetta Großrubatscher
Ginostra

Art book. From the Italian.
Deutschland, Österreich, Schweiz: Peperoni Books

Summer 2016
ISBN 9783941825796

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Ginostra Born in Verona and raised in South Tyrol, Benedetta Großrubatscher first visited the village of Ginostra – located on the island of Stromboli and accessible only by boat or by taking a long hike over the volcano – in 1975. Since then, she has returned many times to this special place that is at once ancient and modern. There are no cars there, and until 2004 there was no electricity or running water. Her naturalistic photographic style captures the colourful dynamism and moments of intimate minimalism found at this “island within an island”.

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Lutz Seiler
in field latin

Poems. From the German.
London: Seagull Books

Spring 2016
ISBN: 978-0996944205

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Lutz Seiler grew up in the former East Germany and has lived most of his life outside Berlin. His poems, not surprisingly, are works of the border, the in-between, and the provincial, marked by whispers, weather, time’s relentless passing, the dead and their ghosts. It is a contemporary poetry of landscape, fully aware of its literary and non-literary forebears, a walker’s view of the place Seiler lives, anchored by close, unhurried attention to particulars. With his precise, memorable language—rendered here in compelling English—Seiler has pulled off a difficult feat: recontextualizing and radically personalizing the long tradition of German nature writing for the twenty-first century. In 1990 he graduated in German language and literature, and since 1997 he has directed the literary program in the Peter-Huchel-Haus. He traveled to Central Asia, Eastern Europe and was a writer in residence at Villa Aurora, Los Angeles, and a fellow of Villa Massimo in Rome. He has received several awards for his work, including the Ingeborg Bachmann Prize, the Bremen Literature Prize, the Uwe Johnson Prize and the 2014 German Book Prize.

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MUSEUM OF UNHEARD (OF) THINGS

Roland Albrecht
The Museum of Unheard (of) Things

Art book. From the German with You Nakai.
New York: Already Not Yet

Autumn 2015
ISBN: 9780996944205

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MUSEUM OF UNHEARD (OF) THINGS is the catalogue raisonné of the world-famous "literary cabinet of curiosities" in Berlin, which holds the record of being the most visited museum in the German capital (if one offsets the number of visitors to the square meters of the exhibition space). The museum collects unique objects to which curator Roland Albrecht has patiently lent his ear in order to hear the unheard (of) story each of them has to tell. This book is the first publication to assemble all the 78 stories in the current collection, all categorized according to weight, translated into English for the first time. Included are unheard (of) tales about a clock of a Swiss inventor who promoted "New-Time"--where the day was only twenty hours long, an hour fifty minutes, and a minute fifty seconds--and was subsequently arrested by the authorities, the first portrait ID card in history created for Michel de Montaigne, a fork which reveals the secret history of a meeting of chefs in the Alps, the stone that inspired Thomas Mann to write many of his stories, or the scandalous relationship between the Brothers Grimm and alphabet soup. The book ends with a story about the museum itself which may make some readers ponder about the veracity of its existence. These extraordinary tales of seemingly ordinary objects invite the reader to imagine the world differently by listening more carefully and intimately to all the things that surround our everyday lives.

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Next Stop: Italy

Verna Curtis, Luca Panaro
Next Stop: Italy

Art book. From the Italian.
New York, Los Angeles: Artbook

Spring 2013
ISBN: 9788881588626
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2013 is the Year of Italian Culture in the United States, and this publication aims to celebrate Italy's less familiar, unexpected beauties. The photographers presented here travel not just to museums and palaces, but also city centers and deserted country roads, offering still lifes and portraits as well as cityscapes and landscapes. With works by Gabriele Basilico, Gianni Berengo Gardin, Mario Cresci, Renato D'Agostin, Andrea Galvani, Luigi Ghirri, Mimmo Jodice, Nino Migliori, Francesco Nonino, Bianca Sforni, Franco Vaccari and Paolo Ventura, Next Stop: Italy gives a refreshing and informative overview of the contemporary photography scene in Italy. Each photographer opens their section with a poem; the authors range from Leopardi and Lorenzo de' Medici to Montale, Pasolini, Pavese and Ungaretti.

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Awards

in field latin

PEN / Heim Translation Fund Grant
"in field latin"

2012
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Pushcart Prize

Pushcart Prize
nominee

2012
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Clients

Suhrkamp
Seagull Books
The American Ademy in Berlin
Schering Stiftung
Istituto Italiano di Studi Germanici
Haus am Kleistpark
L42 Media Solutions
Open Migration
Parallel Zero
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