Why does poetry matter? Although some may speak of the demise of poetry, what we’re seeing instead is a revitalization, which testifies to its ongoing urgency as an art. More than ever, we are in need of dialogue, of initiating new discussion, and of activating the language that poetry creates. The magazine Journal participates in this situation by placing poets of different languages in conversation through the space of the page.
Edited by the poet and artist Jim Dine and poet and translator Vincent Broqua, Journal is a new poetry magazine that seeks to publish poets internationally. The Library is delighted to host the launch of the first issue, with contributions from sixteen authors who write (and translate) in different languages: from Brazilian Portuguese to Persan as well as French, English and Dutch. Celebrating a wide spectrum of voices who are political, lyrical, conceptual, visual, comic, and more, it represents the liveliness of poetry today with a renewed sense of its vitality.
Join contributors Jim Dine, Hugo Pernet, Ghazal Mosadeq, Elke de Rijcke, Vincent Broqua, and Dan Clarke for a reading and discussion of the need for poetry of the present.
Journal publishes international poetry in translation or not. It seeks to further and invent conversations. The cover is by Daniel Clarke.
This launch is organized in partnership with Double Change, the Franco-American poetry association.