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Christian Hawkey

VENTRAKL is a book that folds poetry, prose, biography and visual media into an experimental translation of 19th-century German Expressionist poet George Trakl. After drafting associative “translations” of several Trakl poems–with only the source language’s sound and graphic representation as a guide–Hawkey uses this material to generate poems and interview-poems (conducted with Trakl himself). The book includes, and draws connections between, images from Trakl’s life, pre-industrial German landscapes and Hawkey’s own contemporary urban environment, as well as texts that meditate on the act of translation itself (what is shaped in the migration between languages, images, cultures and time-periods).

Project Updates

  • 2012: Ugly Duckling Presse publishes second edition of VENTRAKL

  • 2010: VENTRAKL is published by Ugly Duckling Presse

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    Christian Hawkey

    Christian Hawkey has written two full-length poetry collections: The Book of Funnels (Wave Books, 2005) and Citizen Of (Wave, 2007)…


  • Events

    Oct 17 – Oct 17, 2010
    Christian Hawkey celebrates release of "Ventrakyl" at Triple Canopy in Brooklyn, NY

    Sep 11 – Sep 11, 2009
    Christian Hawkey and Lisa Bielawa perform at Symphony Space in New York City, NY.

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  • Project News

    October 13, 2010
    Project Premiere: Christian Hawkey's VENTRAKL is Published by Ugly Duckling Presse

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