SOUND AND LANGUAGE IN TRANSLATION: Evans's work as a sound artist will open up interesting opportunities for the discussion and celebration of this work; his subject matter will also present the chance to connect with theorists of translationAWARD-WINNING POET: Rowan Evans is the recipient of the 2015 Eric Gregory Award from the Society of Authors, and has published a number of pamphlets, as well as selected poetry as part of Penguin Modern Poets 7: These Hard and Shining Things. This is his first collection.TEXTS OLD AND NEW: The poet is extremely interested in textuality and manuscripts, which may present opportunities to work with repositories of ancient textsRowan Evans is a poet, composer and sound artist. He received an Eric Gregory Award in 2015 and his chapbook The Last Verses of Beccán (Guillemot Press, 2019) won the Michael Marks Award for Poetry. In 2022 he completed a practice-based PhD in modern poetry and early medieval languages at Royal Holloway University of London. This is his first collection.**SHORTLISTED FOR THE FELIX DENNIS PRIZE FOR BEST FIRST COLLECTION 2023** An award-winning poet explodes the notion of translation, showing us the poem in a supple, malleable form 'Formally inventive, rich in aslant borrowings, unafraid of visual and textual experiment, it is an exhilarating debut' Guardian ________________________________ The poems at the centre of A Method, A Path explore the turbulent transmission of historical and mythic voices that 'reach across' time and place, and a fierce rejection of the nationalist ideologies that have sought to 'island' them. Here, translation is a lived and open-ended negotiation, invested in the potential for magic utterance and ritual action in spite of language's violence: 'words / tear their wing bones / and grow new heads / in the wound ('On Eglond'). Each poem or sequence gathers around a different instance of dialogue or communication with others: with other voices and languages, with other authors and found texts, with other species. They also mark a record of Evans' interdisciplinary collaboration with other artists and performers through his work both as writer and sound artist. The physical and textual landscapes of the book move from the flooded and wooded terrains of Somerset and East Anglia, to the burnt hills of Andalusía in the company of Federíco García Lorca, the poems always inhabiting a place between Evans' own words and external voices - whether via translation, haunting, or invocation. In this 'tirelessly inventive, substantial collection of vivid lyrical work' (Denise Riley, Eric Gregory Awards), the truant strangeness of the more-than-human world is made present in its ability to warp and transform the poet's voice, where 'even the ground under your feet is a fluid, malleable surface' (Kayo Chingonyi).An award-winning poet explodes the notion of translation, showing us the poem in a supple, malleable formFormally inventive, rich in aslant borrowings, unafraid of visual and textual experiment, it is an exhilarating debutEvans writes dispatches from a far country, where the English is Old, where the textures of life are an uncanny translation of our own political and existential divisions . Evans knows that language can soothe and inflamePraise for Rowan Evans: A tour de force of strategies pushing the lyric to its extreme; here, language is wrenched and stretched at every turn, and only in considering the sequence as a whole do we begin to comprehend the complex behaviours of its character, who is likewise driven to the limits ... Unnerving, disturbing and otherworldly, this is poetry of daring and, in spite of itself, sonic beautyQuietly seethingIn wave-gnawed whispers remnants of Gaelic, of Latin, of Old English are heard, words that survive only in manuscripts, or have shifted meaning, fallen out of use . a concern for language, for memory and for relations of person to placeA provocative and highly erudite work that can wrench our considerations to such a degree that we feel the need to consider our own standardizations of speech and their relation to the tongue of an otherAn excellent collection of new poetry that is unusual, intelligent, evocative, and full of rich musicality
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Rowan Evans is a poet, composer and sound artist. He received an Eric Gregory Award in 2015 and his chapbook The Last Verses of Beccán (Guillemot Press, 2019) won the Michael Marks Award for Poetry. In 2022 he completed a practice-based PhD in modern poetry and early medieval languages at Royal Holloway University of London. This is his first collection.