A New Cadence Poetry Series presents
in a reading and book party for two new books
Join Stephen Kessler in celebrating his latest book of original poems
Scratch Pegasus (Swan Scythe Press) and his new translation of
Poems of Consummation by Vicente Aleixandre (Black Widow Press)
Saturday April 20, 2013,
Felix Kulpa Gallery,
107 Elm Street, Santa Cruz
SCRATCH PEGASUS is a selection of new poems (2006-2012) exploring themes of time, love, friendship, aging, teachers, art, music, “wild men” and the streaming present of the everyday.
POEMS OF CONSUMMATION is Vicente Aleixandre’s late-life lyrical and metaphysical investigation into the mysteries of youth, sex, memory, old age, death and oblivion.
Stephen Kessler’s other recent books include The Tolstoy of the Zulus (essays), The Sonnets by Jorge Luis Borges (as editor and principal translator), and The Mental Traveler (novel). His translation of Desolation of the Chimera by Luis Cernuda received the Harold Morton Landon Translation Award from the Academy of American Poets, and his version of Cernuda’s collected prose poems, Written in Water, won a Lambda Literary Award. He is the editor of The Redwood Coast Review, now in its fifteenth year. www.stephenkessler.com
Vicente Aleixandre (1898-1984), one of Spain’s leading twentieth-century poets, received the Nobel Prize for literature in 1977. Stephen Kessler’s version of Poems of Consummation, first published in Spanish in 1968, is the first complete translation of this book to appear in English.
Please join us for an evening of poetry, conversation and libations.