July 11, 2023 Poets translating poets. Psychoanalysis amid the vineyards

Photo: Birutė Grašytė-Black

The photo is a bit crappy, but I just wanted to give an impression of what was happening in German Toscana on July 5-11. Six Lithuanian poets (Simonas Bernotas, Nerijus Cibulskas, Birutė Grašytė-Black, Tautvyda Marcinkevičiūtė, Donatas Petrošius and me) got to meet six German poets, who were carefully looking for a new home for our lines in a foreign language. I appreciate the opportunity to have been able to revise/rethink/attend the archaeological expedition of my old texts. I am thankful to wonderful authors-translators: Lara Rüte, Sonja vom Brocke, Dagmara Kraus, Uwe Kolbe, Marcus Roloff and Thomas Kunst. Hearing a couple of different versions of each poem was a very unique and indeed psychoanalytical experience. We all were living in Edenkoben, at a Künstlerhaus, amidst the vineyards, but the photo is due to demonstrate the multilayered reading we had.