Women In Poetry Night At Lakewood Public Library

Leanne Hoppe, translator of "Meditations in the Feminine."

With a voice full of intensity, poetry molds the outside world to the inner. Women in Poetry Night at Lakewood Public Library explores the work of Leanne Hoppe and Sarah Marcus-Donnelly, two women whose lives are deeply invested in the poetic. They join us to discuss their books and perform some of their work on Thursday, December 6, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium.

Translating poetry from one language to another is a challenge. How is it possible to preserve the integrity of a poem as it moves from one language with its unique imagery and phraseology to another without losing the nuances of meaning? Leanna Hoppe has taken on that daunting task by translating Michela Zanarella’s work, "Mediations in the Feminine" from Italian to English. Hoppe collaborated with the celebrated Italian poet to achieve an accurate translation, and in the process, came to a deeper understanding of the meaning and symbolism of Zanarella’s work.

"They Were Bears," a collection of poetry by local author Sarah Marcus-Donnelly, is an emotionally charged exploration of sense, feeling and memory. The animals and scenery of forest and farmland, along with the contrasting rust of Cleveland’s industrial streets, become the imagery of inner worlds. Marcus-Donnelly is nationally published in NPR’s Prosody, the Huffington Post, McSweeney’s, Cimarron Review, Spork, the Establishment, Cosmopolitan.com and Marie Claire.com SA. At Women in Poetry Night, she will be reading from "They Were Bears" and describing the writing process.

Both authors will have books available for sale and signing at this special event.

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Volume 14, Issue 22, Posted 4:01 PM, 11.20.2018