Catalan Poets & Keynote Speaker

The mail brought an invite from Poets House in New York (that unhappily I can’t take up) to go enjoy a daylong festival celebrating more than eight centuries of Catalan poetry on February 11th. For more details, check here. I really would like to discover poets & (I take it) translators such as Sergio Bessa, Manuel Forcano, Hillary Gardner, Melcion Mateu, Mary Ann Newman, Francesc Parcerisas, Marta Pessarrodona & Jaume Subirana.

But what cracked me up was when I came to the keynote speaker — who is no other than Harold Bloom. Harold Bloom? Yeap, the covering (cowering?) cherub of poetry himself. What will Shakespeare say to that? And what will Bloom have to say about Catalan poetry? I would be happy to hear any report by someone who’ll venture forth to take in said event.

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