Poetry, the Geometry of the Living Substance: Four Essays on Ágnes Nemes Nagy
Author: Ágnes Lehóczky
Date Of Publication: Jan 2011
Poetry, the Geometry of the Living Substance is the first serious and sustained study in English of one of the most important Hungarian writers of the 20th century, the modernist poet Ágnes Nemes Nagy. The book captures the dual nature of poetry, as a discourse of the infinite and the abyssal, through close readings of her poetry and prose. These four essays draw parallels between Ágnes Nemes Nagy and other thinkers and theorists, such as Rilke, Celan, Heidegger, Derrida, Beckett and Blanchot. The monograph explores the poetic paradigm changes of Nemes Nagy in her whole work, including her collections of poems, essays on poetics and other posthumous miscellaneous fragments. Drawing indirect parallels between the fields of poetics and epistemology, the central focus of the book is the parergonal relation between language and the external world, the psyche and the objective environment, trauma and memory within the poetic space.
Ágnes Lehóczky is a Hungarian-born poet and translator. She studied for her Masters in English and Hungarian Literature at Pázmány Péter University of Hungary in Budapest (1994–2001) then completed a Creative Writing MA in Poetry at the University of East Anglia, England, with a distinction in 2006. She has recently completed a PhD in Critical and Creative Writing at UEA where she was teaching Creative Writing on the Undergraduate Programme. She has two short poetry collections, Station X (2000) and Medallion (2002) by Universitas, published in Budapest, both written in Hungarian.
Her first English collection of poems was published by Egg Box Publishing in 2008 and is entitled Budapest to Babel. She was the recipient of the Arthur Welton Poetry Award and the winner of the Daniil Pashkoff Prize in poetry in 2010, administered by International Writers Ink. She is currently working on her second collection of poems in English to be published by Egg Box in 2011. Since September 2010, she has been teaching creative writing on the Masters course at the University of Sheffield, England.
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