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52e Poetry International Festival Rotterdam

Meet Ilya Kaminsky

Date
Sa June 11
15:30 - 16:30
Location
LantarenVenster 1
Meet Ilya Kaminsky

Meet Ilya Kaminsky

A conversation with Ukranian-American poet Ilya Kaminsky about his work and his life

Everyday life is a wonderful thing and to be quite honest it is all we have.” To Ilya Kaminsky, poetry is about creating a parallel reality, and thus creating freedom. He was born in Odessa, in the former Soviet Union (now Ukraine), but he and his family moved to the US in 1993. Like Raymond Antrobus, who was at last year’s festival, his deafness was overlooked in early childhood. Kaminsky's characters are often deaf, and yet they make love and dance against all the odds, oblivious to what is being said about them, and failing to hear any orders that may be issued. Kaminsky has a keen eye for the absurdity of existence, writes openly about cruelty and atrocities, but always remains engaged as an observer. With love and optimism, his poetry turns the other cheek. Violence and coercion are met with love, dance and music. His second collection Deaf Republic is regarded as "a contemporary epic”, “a remarkable book of poems”. Author Garth Greenwell calls Kaminsky "the most brilliant of ...

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Everyday life is a wonderful thing and to be quite honest it is all we have.” To Ilya Kaminsky, poetry is about creating a parallel reality, and thus creating freedom. He was born in Odessa, in the former Soviet Union (now Ukraine), but he and his family moved to the US in 1993. Like Raymond Antrobus, who was at last year’s festival, his deafness was overlooked in early childhood. Kaminsky's characters are often deaf, and yet they make love and dance against all the odds, oblivious to what is being said about them, and failing to hear any orders that may be issued. Kaminsky has a keen eye for the absurdity of existence, writes openly about cruelty and atrocities, but always remains engaged as an observer. With love and optimism, his poetry turns the other cheek. Violence and coercion are met with love, dance and music. His second collection Deaf Republic is regarded as "a contemporary epic”, “a remarkable book of poems”. Author Garth Greenwell calls Kaminsky "the most brilliant of his generation, one of the world’s few geniuses”.

Pricing

For this program you need a day ticket for Saturday 11 June or a festival passe-partout 
Day ticket: 10 to 20 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