I’m headed to the United Kingdom for the Poetry Translation Centre’s Mexican Poets Tour, where I’ll perform alongside Mexican poets Coral Bracho, David Huerta, and Víctor Terán, as well as their British translators Katherine Pierpoint and Jamie McKendrick. Other Molossus contributors I’ll interact with on the road include cofounder Armando Celayo, contributors Sydneyann Binion, Jenny Lewis, Jane Draycott, Sarah Maguire, and others. Following the tour, Sydneyann Binion and I will spend one week in Mombasa, Kenya, where we’ll post several special features on contemporary African literature.
For more information on the tour, click here. In the meantime, the broadside plans no interruption in coverage, save the occasional delay. To kick off our travel plans, a quote from Dickens’ vast thoughts on travel:
On Travel, Charles Dickens (Hesperus Press) £7.99
Pete Orford closes his introduction to this volume in Hesperus’ intelligent, portable On series with a quote that perfectly articulates why the writings contained in this volume were so essential:
…Dickens, ever the champion of the poor, who could not experience the realities of travel as he did, offered the opportunity through his writings for those who would never travel to have a glimpse of the world beyond their own. As Dickens explains, through Booley,
Some of the best results of actual travel are suggested by such means to those whose lot it is to stay at home. New worlds open out to them, beyond their little worlds, and widen their range of reflection, information, sympathy, and interest. The more man knows of man, the better for the common brotherhood among us all.
Today Dickens’ musings are just as important—though contemporary socioeconomic realities might place as much a barrier before literature as travel—for his insistence that our literature strive toward the abstract, romantic “common brotherhood among us all” in a most tangible way.