Praise for After Rilke
“All first person pronouns have a shared pulse. Here, Rilke’s original poems are being translated by Goldstein (and the epistolary Martians) à la Spicer’s After Lorca. The author is soaking German for its English. By sound. Did he say what I thought he said? Spider? Milky? A homage to both Spicer and Rilke, this sequence of skewed echoes is inter-cut by angry and comical dispatches. The playful snarl of Language itself.” — Phil Hall
Read Mark Goldstein’s essay “The Mask of Translation” on Jacket2 to learn more about his poetics.
Toronto writer Mark Goldstein is the author of three books of poetry published by the award-winning BookThug: Form of Forms (2012); Tracelanguage (2010); and After Rilke (2008). His poetry and criticism have also appeared in periodicals such as Matrix Magazine and Jacket2. He has taught transtranslation workshops at the Toronto New School of Writing, SUNY Albany and lectured on translation in Paris at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales. Before becoming a full-time writer, Goldstein played drums alongside Leslie Feist and Broken Social Scene’s Brendan Canning in the indie rock band By Divine Right.
Spring 2008 Poetry
48 pages | perfectbound into printed wrappers