WRITER: JEREMY KRYT
CONTACT: WINSTON BARCLAY
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0073; fax (319) 384-0024
Daniel Weissbort, director of UI Translation Workshop, reads his
poetry Sept. 9
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Poet Daniel Weissbort, a comparative literature faculty
member at the University of Iowa and head of the Iowa Translation Workshop,
will read from his new book, "What was all the Fuss About?",
at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 9 at the Prairie Lights bookstore, 15 S. Dubuque
St. in downtown Iowa City.
The free reading will be broadcast as part of the "Live From Prairie
Lights" reading series on radio stations WSUI (AM 910) in Iowa City
and WOI (AM 640) in Ames.
"[Weissbort] seems to have come out of somewhere beyond poetic
styles and mannerisms," poet Ted Hughes writes. "His poems .
. . have a peculiar, naked life."
"They move in a frankness and inner freedom and simplicity that
seem to belong hardly at all to literature. Yet they leave an impression
of intense patterns, a rich artistic substance."
Prairie Lights owner Jim Harris considers Weissbort "a most important
British poet. His work is very well thought of, and we're extremely happy
to be hosting his reading."
Weissbort is widely known for his anthologies of World War I poetry,
and his volumes of original work include "The Leaseholder," "In
an emergency," "Soundings," "Fathers," "Inscription"
and "Lake -- New and Selected Poems."