April 13, 2011

Neither Memory nor Magic: Miklós Radnóti, April 12

This stunning film was screened at the Opalka Gallery, on the Albany campus of the Sage Colleges, sponsored by the Center for Documentary Arts. The director of this documentary film is Hugo Perez. If you follow this link  it will tell you all about the film & something about the poetry of Hungarian poet Miklós Radnóti.

When I saw the film, I had to wipe away tears at the end. Editions of Radnóti's work are hard to find here, but there are five or six of his most stunning poems in Against Forgetting: Twentieth-Century Poetry of Witness edited by Carolyn Forché. If you don't know this anthology, I can only describe it as my "prison" or "desert-island" book, essential for any poet daring to write in the 21st Century.

There is important work being done by the Center for Documentary Arts at the Sage Colleges, under the directorship of Timothy Cahill, & I, for one, am glad it is here where I live. Bookmark their Blog.

1 comment:

Timothy Cahill said...

Dan, thank you for sharing the evening with us, and for these stunning words. I have wet eyes every time I see Hugo's film; tears of pain, of compassion, of love. Forche's book is prodigious, a must-read. And what you said about the Center for Documentary Arts—from your lips to God's ears, brother. All are invited to visit the blog at the link provided. Peace, T