Wednesday, November 7th @6pm | Cornelia Street Café
Igor Webb will read from his new book, Christopher Smart’s Cat about displacement, flight, settlement and resettlement, about “life and death in the Pannonian plain,” appropriating the old Roman name for today’s Central Europe in order to identify the geographical place as also the metaphorical center, the crossroads, of twentieth century history and culture. Told from the vantage point of those, like the author, who were children in the Holocaust, the book is a beautifully crafted meditation on great writers—from Virginia Woolf to W.G. Sebald, from Philip Roth to Danilo Kiš—as well as a gripping tale alive with remarkable characters. None more remarkable than Christopher Smart (1722-1771), whose ecstatic verse mysteriously provides the book with its title.
The reading will be followed by a conversation with novelist, John Matthias.
IGOR WEBB was born in Slovakia and raised in the Inwood section of Manhattan. He has published four books. His poetry, fiction, and essays have appeared in, among others, The New Yorker, Partisan Review, The Hudson Review, The American Scholar, and Notre Dame Review. He is the Director of the Creative Writing MFA program at Adelphi University.
JOHN MATTHIAS is Editor at Large of Notre Dame Review. Known internationally for his poetry, he has published fourteen books of poems, most recently New Selected Poems (Salt Publishing, 2004), Working Progress, Working Title (Salt Publishing, 2002), Kedging (Salt Publishing, 2004) and Trigons (Shearsman Books, 2009). His translations include Contemporary Swedish Poetry (with Goran Printz-Pahlson), The Battle of Kosovo (with Vladeta Vuckovic), and Three-toed Gull: Selected Poems of Jesper Svenbro (with Lars-Hakan Svensson).