Monday, December 06, 2010
Essay by Mark Pirie included in the Salt Companion to Richard Berengarten
Publicity material states: “Berengarten has been a crucial presence in contemporary poetry for over forty years, not only as poet but also as translator, critic and driving force behind the legendary Cambridge Poetry Festival and his poetry has been translated into more than ninety languages. With thirty-four contributors from over a dozen nationalities, the book is a testimony to the recognition of his poetry by fellow writers and critics across cultural, linguistic and geographical boundaries and frontiers.”
Contents and book description at
Mark states on his blog (http://www.markpirie.com/blog) that:
“My article 'A Reading of Richard Berengarten's Book With No Back Cover' will appear in [Salt Companion]. The article was published in the online journal Jacket (March 2010) prior to the book's publication.
The book has taken several years to complete and it is a major project edited by three editors, Norman Jope, Paul Scott Derrick and Catherine E Byfield. Richard Berengarten is a leading European poet and it is an honour to have written an essay for the book.
I first met Richard in 2005 while I was visiting Cambridge, England, and have maintained contact with him. In 2006 I also wrote a letter-poem for him, 'Tangi: A Letter to Richard Berengarten' after reading his poetry book In a Time of Drought (Shoestring Press, 2006).”
Salt Publishing is a leading independent UK publisher who also published Mark’s selected poems, Gallery (with a Foreword by Harry Ricketts) in 2003. In 2007 Salt was shortlisted for an innovation award in the inaugural UK Independent Publishing Awards, though Faber won the category. In 2008 Salt was shortlisted again for the 2008 Nielsen Innovation of the Year award, and won it.