Ilma Rakusa reads from her latest volume of poems, discussing it with Margret Kreidl
“Reality and opportunity, wounds and wonders have seldom been at such close quarters as they are in this volume, which documents a moving search for outward and inner peace.” (Björn Hayer, Frankfurter Rundschau). For Ilma Rakusa, never a day went by without a verse of poetry for nearly 18 months, from October 2020 to February 2022. The poetry book into which this period was condensed, labeled by the publisher as her most political work, is at once an intimate intellectual chronicle of the appalling and the delightful, of societal and personal crises, all repeatedly shot through with intensive experiences of presence and gratitude.
Ilma Rakusa (1946), the daughter of a Hungarian mother and Slovenian father, lives in Zurich and works as an author, translator, lecturer and publicist. Her prolific works have won her awards such as the Adelbert von Chamisso Prize, the Swiss Book Prize, the Berlin Literature Prize and the Kleist Prize (2019).
Born in Salzburg in 1964, Margret Kreidl is a freelance writer based in Vienna. For her poetry, prose, plays and audio dramas she has received the City of Vienna’s Prize for Literature in 2021, among other awards. Her book Schlüssel zum Offenen (Key to the Open; Edition Korrespondenzen 2021) was selected by Daniela Strigl for the Lyrik-Empfehlungen (Poetry Recommendations) 2022.
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