[Local events] Tue 5/3: Reading/reception: Beltrametti & Hyner

Passages Bookshop david at passagesbookshop.com
Thu Apr 28 18:29:05 PDT 2016


*From Almost Everywhere*

/an exhibition of paintings & books by /*/

Franco Beltrametti & Stefan Hyner/*

*May 3–28**, 2016*

Opening reception, reading, & book launch:
*    Tuesday, May 3, 6:00–9:00 pm*
         reading at 7:30 pm

Passages Bookshop <http://www.passagesbookshop.com/>
1223 NE ML King Blvd.

Passages Bookshop celebrates the publication of Franco Beltrametti's 
/From Almost Everywhere: Selected Poems 1965–1995/, edited by Stefan 
Hyner, with an exhibition of paintings and books by both poet-artists, 
up through the month of May.

For the opening of the exhibition, we are extremely fortunate to catch 
Stefan Hyner on a rare U.S. visit, as he makes his way from San 
Francisco to Port Townsend. Stefan will read from the selected 
Beltrametti, just out from Blackberry Books, as well as from his own 
poems and translations.

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"Swiss-Italian poet, painter, and architect *Franco Beltrametti 
*(1937–1995) published more than thirty books and pamphlets of poetry, 
prose, collaborations, and translations, in several languages and 
countries, and had a similar number of solo and group exhibitions of his 
paintings and graphic works. Those will last however long words and 
objects do; but his existence as catalyst, connector and correspondent 
is gone for ever. He was a personal link between such disparate 
traditions as American beat — and New York school — poetry; the Fluxus 
group of artists; the European avant-garde; the music of Steve Lacy, 
Joelle Leandre, and Nino Locatelli; the Italian revolutionary left; and 
Japanese Zen Buddhism . . ." (read the rest of Tom Raworth's obituary 
for Franco 
<http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/obituary-franco-beltrametti-1599393.html>).

     Gary Snyder and Joanne Kyger on Franco's poems:
/
     Franco Beltrametti's smooth-barked Muse leads him across the grids 
of latitude and longitude to the source of good medicine poems. A 
suavity masks these elemental songs - or rather, gives these elder faces 
a modern "human" mask. Civilized in the best sense./ — Gary Snyder

/    From "a crowded place called "future" Franco Beltrametti arrives, 
once again, with subtle eloquence to surprise us with his unexpected 
nuances and turns. These poems give us his presence….calling up poets 
and ancestors of every sort and show us the transparency and modesty of 
his world./ — Joanne Kyger


Brought up in Schwetzingen, in the Rhine Valley, *Stefan Hyner* 
experienced the "anthropological change" (Nanni Balestrini) that some 
people went thru growing up in the ’70s in the West, when utopia became 
reality in some "institutions" for a short time. After an apprenticeship 
as a cabinetmaker, he studied Chinese and East Asian Art History at 
Heidelberg University. In 1978 and 1979 he took part in the One World 
Poetry Festivals in Amsterdam, where he made the acquaintance of many 
US-American poets who he eventually translated into German. From 1981 to 
1990 he traveled extensively in Asia and the Americas. Since then he's 
been living close to his family home in the small hamlet of Rohrhof on 
the banks of the river Rhine. His work has been translated into English, 
Italian, French, Swedish, and Chinese.
     Stefan Hyner's books include /10 000 Journeys: Selected Poems, Here 
Before Again, In Stead of a Bullet, Both Gone, /and /"This Other World 
Not Civilized": Lao Tzu, T’ao Yüan Ming, Li T’ai Po/ (essay and 
translations). He edited /Home Among the Swinging Stars: Collected Poems 
of Jaime de Angulo/, and Franco Beltrametti's /From Almost Everywhere: 
Selected Poems 1965–1995/, and has translated a number of US-American 
poets into German.
     A recent interview with Stefan was published at Galatea Resurrects 
<http://galatearesurrection24.blogspot.com/2015/05/interview-with-stefan-hyner.html>.



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