Poem of the Air: Marina Tsvetaeva Translation Weekend

Poem of the Air: Marina Tsvetaeva Translation Weekend

Get up close and personal with the extraordinary work of Marina Tsvetaeva, working with her previously-untranslated 'Poem of the Air'.

Please note: No Russian is needed for this workshop – literal translations will be provided for all the extracts.

Marina Tsvetaeva’s long poem ‘Poem of the Air’ was written in France in 1927, in emigration and exile from Soviet Russia, and during the “Lindbergh days” when the world was captivated by the transatlantic flight of the aviator. Over the weekend we’ll discuss Tsvetaeva’s poetics and life through the prism of this epic and extraordinary philosophical poem. We’ll use unique interactive digital images of the manuscript which demonstrate her working process: her exhilarating, sound-based and deeply serious approach to words and poetic language. Through the translation of short extracts we’ll consider how her approach to poetry and sound can help us think of poetry and translation in new ways.

This workshop is run in collaboration with Pushkin House and the Tsvetaeva Museum in Moscow, and all participants can get free entrance to a performance of Tsvetaeva’s work, including ‘Poem of the Air’, at Pushkin House on the evening of Saturday 10th!

Saturday 10 November and Sunday 11 November. Two-day workshop, 10.30am – 4.30pm.

This workshop will be in our new offices at 1 Dock Offices, Surrey Quays Road, Canada Water, SE16 2XU. The venue is a 2-minute walk from Canada Water Station. Take the ‘Lower Road’ exit from the station onto Surrey Quays Road, then walk straight ahead, crossing over Deal Porters Way, and the Dock Offices come up on the left. The door for the school is at the far end of the building.

More information about how all our face-to-face courses work can be found on the Face-to-Face courses page.

Image credit: ‘Marina Tsvetaeva’ by Max Voloshin 1911

About Sasha Dugdale View Profile

Sasha Dugdale is a poet, translator and playwright. She has published four collections of poetry with Carcanet, Notebook, The Estate, Red House, and Joy, which won the 2017 Poetry Book Society Winter Choice Award and the title poem from which won the 2016 Forward Prize for Best Single Poem. In 2017 Sasha was awarded a Cholmondeley Prize and from 2012 to 2017 she was editor of Modern Poetry in Translation. She is co-director of the Winchester Poetry Festival.

‘The Poetry School helped me to become more aware of the universality of poetry. I was the only American in the class and initally apprehensive about that. My fear quickly subsided when I read the introductory posts of the other students. They were all so friendly and enthusiastic! It was clear we had a lot in commom–we all spoke and worked in the language of poetry. The strength of that connection increased as we communicated weekly. Working together, though separately, for the same goal and purpose gave me confidence in my writing and a greater appreciation for the work of others. The instructor enabled our friendly yet productive environment to thrive.’

– Spring 2018 survey response

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