Vasile Gârneţ

17th November 2011 19:00
Kings Place
90 York Way, N1 9AG
The final event in an exciting series of six poetry events held in collaboration with the Romanian Cultural Institute that explored contemporary Romanian culture through the eyes of its most accomplished poets.

Vasile Gârneţ (b. 1958) is considered a remarkable cultural personality and one of the important poets of contemporary Romanian literature. Vasile’s poetic works, which include A Character in the Forgotten Garden and Borges Field, have been awarded numerous literary prizes in both Romania and his native Moldova. A subtle and refined poet, he uses a striking montage of poetic imagery to reveal a deeper aesthetism beneath.

Vasile was joined by special guest and renowned UK poet Mario Petrucci, who was responding with a selection of his own work in English. “Reminiscent of e.e. cummings at his best”, Mario's award-winning work is “vivid, generous and life-affirming” (Envoi). His most recent poems, inspired by Black Mountain and hailed as "modernist marvels" (Poetry Book Society), embrace contemporary issues of searing social and personal relevance via a distinctive combination of innovation and humanity. Through groundbreaking residencies, poetry films and a remarkable output of ecopoetry, his scientific sensibility has illuminated the linguistic as well as emotive resonances of love and loss. Whether exploring the tragedies of Chernobyl (Heavy Water, 2004) or immersing himself in heartfelt invention (i tulips, 2010), Petrucci aspires to "Poetry on a geological scale” (Verse).

This event was hosted by Amanda Hopkinson, Professor of Literary Translation at City University, London, who will provide an English introduction and will place the poets in context for the English-speaking members of the audience. Poetry in Romanian will also be read and performed in English translation.
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