Johannes Göransson



‘Transgressive Circulation’: Translation and the Threat of Foreign Influence

At the AWP writers’ conference in Minneapolis a couple of years ago, I attended a panel on Paul Celan’s poetry. In the Q & A that followed the panel, the first question was ‘How can we make sure that young American poets are not improperly influenced by Celan’s poetry without truly understanding it?’ The panel responded by offering a variety of possible solutions, such as reading the extensive literature about the poet or reading his letters and journal entries that have been published as well.

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Zero Zero Zero Zero

Based on a line by Mats Söderlund 1. The figures on the doorframe appear to be part animals, part unwinding swirls. Behind that door I am polishing my rifles recording Exile on Mainstreet for a future without butterflies. When you’re …

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