Monday 22 April @ Outpost, 8pm $10 or b/o
The Scandanavian Cultural Center presents
FOUR SWEDISH POETS
(reading in Swedish)
During the past 15 years, Sweden has experienced a poetic revival. Influenced by American slam poetry among other artistic forces, a generation of young poets is creating new forms and languages, blending poetry with rap, performance art, stand-up comedy and modern theater.
Some of the influential names in this wave are Henry Bowers, Laura Wihlborg, Henrik Karlsson, and Niklas Mesaros. Together, they are now performing in the U.S. on a short tour that will take them to New York City, Washington, D.C., and Boston.
Bowers is best known internationally as one of the world’s foremost battle-rappers. He has long been a celebrated poet in Sweden, and has recently translated a collection of Tom Waits songs for the musical Gud har annat för sig (God’s Away on Business).
Wihlborg’s performances blur the boundaries between poetry and sound art. In 2009, she was named “best poetry act” at the Berlin International Literary Festival.
Karlsson and Mesaros are both members of the spoken-word collective Krigstribunalen. By blending street art, performance art, social commentary, and music, they have brought poetry into new spaces, ranging from stand-up clubs to the Royal Dramatic Theatre. Mesaros currently holds the title of national champion in slam poetry.
This is the first time poets from this new wave can be seen together in the U.S., giving us a taste of this rejuvenated Swedish poetry which can be identified by its polylingualism and experimentalism. This is a unique opportunity for those who are interested in Swedish poetry post-Tranströmer, whose legacy is both honored and seen as a point of departure. It will be a record of how cultural experiences are reflected and translated in today’s international poetic climate.