We continue with our calendar and turn to the vivid Catalan poetry scene. The latest poet on lyrikline.org experiences literature as an obsessive, lucid and consuming passion. He defines his poetry as classical in its rhythm, modern in its expression and forceful in its content.
Advent Calendar door 14 reveals the Catalan poet
(with translations into Dutch, English, French, Hungarian, Romanian, Spanish and Swedish)
Ponç Pons was born in 1956 on the Balearic Islands in Alayor, Minorca. He uses a literary language that, while cultured in its register, also reflects the present-day use of Menorquí (Minorcan), a variety of Catalan. Next to writing, he works as a teacher on the island of Minorca.
Certainly many of you had some exciting days during the Football World Cup in South Africa. We’ve had a good time here in Berlin at the lyrikline.org headquarter (at least until the semi finals) with nearly all colleagues in our institution (Literaturwerkstatt Berlin) swept by football fever. In the end, the lyrikline.org office was defeated in the in-house betting pool by the open mike department in a very close race.
The headline of this article is quoted from a nice poem found on lyrikline which seems to have been made for Paul, the octopus oracle that was so (tragically) right this year. Here is the octopus poem by Joanne Burns from Australia.
Thanks to everyone for following our poetic match series on Twitter and Facebook, that presented two poems from the competing countries every day (except for a short holiday break). For the archives, here is the complete list of the poetic encounters:
Finally, congratulations to Spain!