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Poetry and Music: Sarah Rothenberg and Adam Zagajewski

Monday April 30, 2018 7:30 pm


MATCH: Midtown Arts and Theater Center: Matchbox 2
3400 Main St.
Houston, TX 77002 United States
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Presented by Da Camera in collaboration with Inprint

Tickets for the Monday, April 30 performance are sold out. For information on the Tuesday, May 1st performance click here

“Zagajewski is now one of the most familiar and highly regarded names in poetry both in Europe and in this country.” —New York Review of Books

“Sarah Rothenberg is an outstanding pianist…She finds the unwritten words…and weaves a performance of pure poetry.” — CD Review

Adam Zagajewski is Poland’s most famous living poet, winner of the Kurt Tucholsky Prize, a Prix de la Liberté, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. In 2010, he was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature. Born in a Polish city that became part of the Soviet Union, Zagajewski left his native country 1982 for Europe and the United Stateswhere he was a visiting professor in the University of Houston’s Creative Writing programIn 2002, he returned home to Krakow. Now, Adam Zagajewski returns to Houston to read from works recent and past in a collaborative program of music and poetry with longtime collaborator Sarah Rothenberg. Zagajewski’s books include Eternal Enemies: Poems; Slight Exaggeration: An Essay and Two Cities: On Exile, History and the Imagination.

“I look at a photograph of the city where I was born,
at its lush gardens and winding streets, at the hills,
the Catholic roofs, the domes of Orthodox churches,
where on Sunday the basses sing so mightily
that neighboring trees sway as in a hurricane;
I gaze at the photograph, I can’t tear my eyes away,
and suddenly I imagine that they’re all still alive
as if nothing had happened, they still scurry to lectures,
wait for trains, take sky-blue trams,
check calendars with alarm, step on scales,
listen to Verdi’s arias and their favorite operetta…”
from I Look at a Photograph