Q-Space was bursting at the seams with friends, family, and members of the Quattro community who attended the Second Fall Launch last night. With four stellar collections of poetry and Quattro’s debut novel being launched, celebrations were definitely in order!
A lyrical reading by Dennison Smith from her collection, Fermata kicked off the night, as the audience lingered on every word, every phrase and listened to the musicality of the author’s writing. Patricia Young’s energy captivated our hearts and ears as she read a series of both entertaining and contemplative poems from Night-Eater. Luciano Iacobelli’s modest and comedic introduction of his work was followed by three deeply moving poems from his second collection, Painting Circles, which included a Spanish reading by Barbara Landry.
A highlight of the evening was the duo of Ludwig Zeller and Susana Wald introducing Ludwig’s culminating collection of work, The Rules of the Game that was translated by A.F. Moritz, who read his English translations of the poems. I truly believe that poetic mastery preserves the beauty of an original work in the language of translation, which is exactly what Zeller and Moritz achieved.
Claudio Gaudio’s reading from his debut experimental novel, Texas,had us on the edge of our seats and resulted in a flooding of the book table as people rushed to purchase copies of the book to find out what happens next. A fellow intern and I both declared that we would love to have an audio book of Texas, and so it is only fitting that the text is available to hear online, read by Claudio with the accompaniment of a string bass at moredeaththantexas.com.