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52e Poetry International Festival Rotterdam

Poetry reading: Kim Yideum & Athena Farrokhzad

Date
Sa June 11
18:00 - 19:00
Location
LantarenVenster 1
Poetry reading: Kim Yideum & Athena Farrokhzad

Poetry reading: Kim Yideum & Athena Farrokhzad

Reading by Kim Yideum (South-Korea) & Athena Farrokhzad (Sweden/Iran)

Kim Yideum (1969, South Korea) believes the way history is generally presented is too neat and tidy. Where are the courtesans, why does no one talk about the women who chose a different life? In her poems she seeks out the darker sides of life, the places and events that are not usually talked about. Figures brush up against each other in dark alleyways, never shying away from the physical reality of contact. The body is sometimes dirty, wet and sticky, and it is precisely this imperfect state that Kim Yideum describes, attentively and full of wonder, so vividly that it can almost make the reader uncomfortable. Some poems are brief, gentle and romantic, while others are as muddled as monologues delivered by an unreliable narrator, brimming with contradictions. While her characters are sometimes listless, yearning for scandal and adventure, Yideum always manages to grab and hold the attention of her readers and listeners.

The work of poet, playwright, translator and literary critic ...

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Kim Yideum (1969, South Korea) believes the way history is generally presented is too neat and tidy. Where are the courtesans, why does no one talk about the women who chose a different life? In her poems she seeks out the darker sides of life, the places and events that are not usually talked about. Figures brush up against each other in dark alleyways, never shying away from the physical reality of contact. The body is sometimes dirty, wet and sticky, and it is precisely this imperfect state that Kim Yideum describes, attentively and full of wonder, so vividly that it can almost make the reader uncomfortable. Some poems are brief, gentle and romantic, while others are as muddled as monologues delivered by an unreliable narrator, brimming with contradictions. While her characters are sometimes listless, yearning for scandal and adventure, Yideum always manages to grab and hold the attention of her readers and listeners.

The work of poet, playwright, translator and literary critic Athena Farrokhzad (1983, Sweden/Iran) boils with rage, but it also resonates with concern, as one constantly gives way to the other. She believes that stories are the only legacy that really matters. Family therefore plays a key role in her work, as in her extraordinary collection White Blight, in which a family confronts the past in conversations about memories, revenge and language. In the poem Letter to a Warrior, written to her unborn daughter, Farrokhzad considers what it means to create new life, to feel it in you and to contemplate the lives that went before. Rage is also a dominant emotion in Europe, Where Have You Misplaced Love?, a collection of poems that can be read as a call to actioto take better care of each other. Above all, however, they remind us never to stop telling stories.

Host: Hassnae Bouazza

Pricing

For this program you need a day ticket for Saturday 11 June or a festival passe-partout
Day ticket: 10 to 25 euro’s
Passe-partout (three days): 25 – 50 euro’s
Discounts for CJP, Student card, Rotterdampas

Language and duration

Poets will read their work in their own language. Translations in English and Dutch will be presented simultaneously through projections. 

Sponsors
Gemeente Rotterdam
Nederlands Letterenfonds
Stichting Van Beuningen Peterich-fonds
Ludo Pieters Gastschrijver Fonds
Hendrik Muller fonds
Lira fonds
Partners
LantarenVenster – Verhalenhuis Belvédère