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Richard Berengarten's Changing is the most ambitious poem ever written outside the Chinese language in honour of the Book of Changes, or Yijing [I Ching]. Changing is a homage both... Read more
Richard Berengarten's Changing is the most ambitious poem ever written outside the Chinese language in honour of the Book of Changes, or Yijing [I Ching]. Changing is a homage both to this ancient text and to Chinese history and culture. The poem takes direct inspiration from the Chinese classic, as well as its form and the inter-relationships of its parts. The work is a remarkable achievement in its own right and a living testament to the enduring and universal quality of the Yijing. Berengarten has been exploring the Yijing for more than 50 years.
Richard Berengarten (formerly known as Burns) was born in London in 1943, into a family of musicians. He has lived in Italy, Greece, the USA and Yugoslavia. His perspectives as a poet combine English, French, Mediterranean, Jewish, Slavic, American and Oriental influences. He deals equally with historical and political material, with inner worlds, and with relationships and everyday life. In the 1970s, he founded and ran the (now almost legendary) international Cambridge Poetry Festival. His work has been translated into 18 languages.
This sequence of one hundred sonnets was composed between 1967 and 2013. The title, Notness, is an anagram of the word 'Sonnets'. The only further key - or, rather, hint - that needs to be offered here is that the so-called 'core' of isness is notness, just as at that of notness is isnesss: a never-ending dance.
Richard Berengarten's Changing is the most ambitious poem ever written outside the Chinese language in honour of the Book of Changes, or Yijing. Changing is a homage both to this ancient text and to Chinese history and culture. The poem takes direct inspiration from the Chinese classic, as well as its form and the inter-relationships of its parts.
Taking its departure from both the Nazi massacre at Kragujevac in former Yugoslavia in 1941, and a moment at the memorial museum in 1985, when a blue butterfly descended onto the author's writing hand, this profound book crafts living poetry out of suffering and tragedy.
Imagems 1 contains six statements by a European poet who challenges modernism and post-modernism alike and extends (beyond) both. Richard Berengarten takes as his twin cues a statement by Octavio Paz, "For the first time in our history we are contemporaries of all humanity", and a short poem by George Seferis.
Written during and after the disintegration of Yugoslavia, this book presents a complex vision of the Balkans that flinches from neither brutality nor beauty but honours dignity and courage. The book starts with a long poem 'Do vidjenje Danitse', and continues with a series of memorial tablets for victims of Jasenovac Concentration Camp.
Set in the ruins of Yugoslavia, this book explores the images and realities of war, destruction and dictatorship, and of fertility, nurture and peace. The key figure is the Balkan rain maiden. This gypsy or peasant girl takes on a mythological authority and a wholly modern moral presence. In the wake of waste and war she is the incarnation of hope.
Here, for the first time in English, is a selection of work 'in the manner of Cavafy' by poets writing in Cavafy's own language, Greek. Together they embed the intimacy of shared culture, skilfully mirroring passions and preoccupations.
Spanning a period of fifteen years, these five 'Inter-views' with Richard Berengarten explore the many facets of his writings. Hospitably and expansively, they yield insights into the work of a poet of our time, his methods, motives, and patterns of thought.
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