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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."