Poetry Night II: Anneke Brassinga [NL], Brian Brett [Canada], Ashur Etwebi [Libya], and Afrizal Malna [Indonesia]
The Dutch poetry scene’s »magician of language«, Anneke Brassinga, displays an inimitable feel for the material of speech in her poems, and language itself often occupies the foreground of her texts. The poems by Canadian author Brian Brett explore our human relationship to the natural disorder of things, seeking and finding the unusual within the familiar. Ashur Etwebi is one ofLibya’s most renowned poets. His work is intimate but impactful, as innovative as it is traditional, influenced by modern poetry but nevertheless popular and accessible. Afrizal Malnas’ poems take a critical look at language and distinguish the author as one ofIndonesia’s most unique voices. In his poems, he explores the complicated relationship between speech, the body, and space with great humor and vigor. The Syrian poet Hala Mohammad belongs to a generation of modern Arab poets who express their individual experiences as women and intellectuals in the Arab world. Her poems seem spontaneous and reflect first-hand impressions.