University Press Books invites you to join Maxine Chernoff and Paul Hoover for a celebration of their book
Selected Poems of Friedrich Hölderlin
Wednesday, 3 February 2010, 6:00 – 7:30 PM
More than his famous contemporaries, Goethe and Schiller, it is Friedrich Hölderlin, the poet of incessant change and transformation, who today stands as the major poet of his age – and whose visionary work has remained a plum line that helps us fathom the complexities (the beauty and the terror, the “inside real and the outside real,” as the poet Edward Dorn put it) of our own age. In their elegant & fluid translations of this excellent and exhaustive selection of poems, Paul Hoover and Maxine Chernoff capture the work’s extreme contemporaneity, what they themselves have called “the drama of Hölderlin’s consciousness, the beauty of his lyrics, and the largeness of his vision.”
– Pierre Joris
To the groundbreaking Hölderlin translations of Michael Hamburger and Richard Sieburth one must now add the sumptuous new versions by two gifted poets, Paul Hoover and Maxine Chernoff. This is a book to be treasured.
– John Ashbery
Paul Hoover has published eleven books of poetry and is editor of a leading poetry anthology, Postmodern American Poetry (W. W. Norton, 1994). He is Professor of Creative Writing at San Francisco State University and curates the First Friday Poetry Series at the de Young Museum of San Francisco.
Maxine Chernoff is Professor and Chair of the Creative Writing program at San Francisco State University. She is the author of six books of fiction and nine books of poetry. Paul Hoover and Maxine Chernoff co-edit the widely admired literary annual, New American Writing.
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