Interview: Poetry in Translation
The following conversation took place in Weehawken New Jersey on Saturday, November, 7th. Metanoia is in the air as New Yorkers celebrate the election outcome. Anton sits with Natalie on the unusually warm fall day to discuss poetry and the art of the translation.
Anton Yakovlev’s latest chapbook Chronos Dines Alone, winner of the 2018 James Tate Poetry Prize, was published by SurVision Books. The Last Poet of the Village, a book of translations of poetry by Sergei Yesenin, came out from Sensitive Skin Books in 2019. Yakovlev is also the author of Ordinary Impalers (Kelsay Books, 2017) and two prior chapbooks: The Ghost of Grant Wood (Finishing Line Press, 2015) and Neptune Court (The Operating System, 2015). His poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The Hopkins Review, Amarillo Bay, Measure, and elsewhere. Originally from Moscow, Russia, Anton is a graduate of Harvard University and the former education director at Bowery Poetry Club.