Cambridge Poetry Festival

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The Cambridge Poetry Festival, founded by Richard Berengarten (also known as Richard Burns), was an international biennale for poetry held in Cambridge, England, between 1975–1985.[1] The festival was founded in an attempt to combine as many aspects as possible of this form of art.[2] Thus Michael Hamburger could, for example, recite his English interpretations of Paul Celan's poetry in the presence of Gisèle Lestrange and a surprisingly large audience at an art gallery bestowed on her engravings.[3][4] The last biennale in 1985 included a number of events to mark Ezra Pound's centenary, including the exhibition Pound's Artists: Ezra Pound and the Visual Arts in London, Paris and Italy at Kettle's Yard (later also shown at the Tate Gallery),[5] and was accompanied by a special issue of the magazine P.N. Review.[6]



  1. ^ Blair-Underwood, Alison (2012). "Open account - A memoir: the Cambridge Poetry Festival". Blackbox Manifold, Issue 9: Peter Robinson at Sixty. Blackbox Manifold. Retrieved January 7, 2013. 
  2. ^ Richard Berengarten, 'The Cambridge Poetry Festival 1975' .
  3. ^ John Pilling, Review: The Cambridge Poetry Festival 1979, Florida State University, USA.
  4. ^ For another reminiscence of the 1979 festival, see Waldrop, Rosmarie (2002). Lavish Absence: Recalling and Rereading Edmond Jabès. Wesleyan University Press. p. 98. ISBN 0-8195-6580-6. 
  5. ^ Richard Humphreys (editor), Pound's Artists: Ezra Pound and the Visual Arts in London, Paris and Italy, London (Tate Gallery), June 1985, ISBN 0-946590-29-X
  6. ^ PN Review 46 November - December 1985,;volume=12

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