How can one convey a complete upheaval of comfort and routine, a loss of language and comprehension and direction? Is it possible to put into words the magic of discovering a new place for the first time? So have we, the Bard in Berlin cohort, experienced a complete cycle of disorientation and reorientation in moving
With you I share this little piece of self, for the temporality of days in which our presence lacks and lingers, slithers and soothes, smiles in remembrance—a game: I said, ‘One plus one is two.’ You said, ‘I promise you.’ And this self I share with you, I share with none other.
What makes a good poetry event? This is merely a personal theory: when you recall a good poetry happening, your ability to convey factual information about it has to fail at some point. That is, you should be able to say: “these were the poems”, “these were the questions”, “these were the answers” and so
After the lecture for the Forms of Love 1st year core course, Jennifer Clarvoe came back on January 24th, to give a public reading of her works. What our professor David Hayes announced in the beginning of his laudatio took me by surprise: it was the first ever proper poetry reading at ECLA. I had had the feeling that, to
On January 23rd, ECLA was happy to welcome Jennifer Clarvoe, poet and professor at Kenyon College, to talk about Ovid’s Amores, one of the poetic texts for our core class Forms of Love. Jennifer’s specialty is twentieth-century American Poetry and her particular interest lies in poetic rhythm, and poetic form in general. True to her
Week Two of the winter term kicked off with a discussion of the Forms of Love. To enhance our perspective on the topic, Craig Williams, who studied Classics at Yale University and is the author of Roman Homosexuality and Reading Roman Friendship (forthcoming), as well as various articles and reviews on Latin poetry and Roman
In 1966, Romania’s dictator Nicolae Ceausescu issued the 770 Decree, and with it an entire generation came into being; a generation subsumed under the derisory name of “The Decree Generation”. The general prohibition of abortion, along with the lack of availability of contraception, represented an extension of state power into the intimate realm of the
The Annual Conference 2010 came to an end on Friday, February 12th, in a very elegant way as the ECLA community gathered at Wilhelm-Wolff-Str. 43 to share a poetry evening. Students, Faculty and Guests enjoyed a variety of cheeses, fruits and wines. The evening commenced at 19.30, and quite a few of the attendees decided