James Tate  [ USA ]

Biographie

James Tate Portrait
© Stephen Long

Gast des ilb 2004.

Bibliographie

The Lost Pilot
Yale University Press
New Haven, 1967

Hottentot Ossuary
Temple Bar Bookshop
Cambridge, Mass., 1974

Lucky Darryl
Release Press, Brooklyn, NY
Serendipity Books
Berkeley, Calif., 1977

Constant Defender
Ecco
New York, 1983

Worshipful Company of Fletchers
Ecco
Hopewell, NJ, 1994

Selected Poems
Carcanet
Manchester, 1997

Memoir of the Hawk
Ecco
New York, 2001

Der falsche Weg nach Hause
Berlin Verlag
Berlin, 2004
[Ü: Jan Wagner]

Return to the City of White Donkeys
Ecco
New York, 2004

Neben Lyrik veröffentlichte Tate auch einen Roman und zwei Bände mit Kurzgeschichten. Der vielfach ausgezeichnete Dichter ist Chancellor der Academy of American Poets und lehrt seit 1971 an der University of Massachusetts in Amherst.

© internationales literaturfestival berlin

Berlin View

My writing space is full of rats and parrots and iguanas.  I must crawl into it under zebras and giraffes.  When I finally get to my desk bats taunt me. I focus my eyes on a sheet of paper.  I slap it and spit at it.  Then I'm ready to go. I have never seen a piece of paper so white.  It reminds me of when I was a child in the arctic.  I was afraid to step outside our tent for fear of smudging what was already perfect.  I sit there for hours, the zebra licking my face.  Finally, I say, "I am going into the interior. It's a long and dangerous journey and I may never return.  Farewell, fond zebra. Remember me, noble giraffe."