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Otto Laske and Zvi Sesling to read in Gloucester

March 13, 2019 @ 7:30 pm

Otto Laske was born in what is now West Poland (Wroclaw/Breslau) three years before the onset of World War II. His first poetry emergedin German at age 15, perhaps as a result of war trauma and the return ofhis father from Russian prison camps when he was 11. After studies in music, the social sciences, and philosophy (Frankfurt School 1956-66), Ottocame to the U.S. as a Fulbright student in music composition at New England Conservatory in 1966. Living in the U.S. led him at age 32 to writing in English, which he continued into the middle 1990s. He turned from musicto the visual arts when coming to Gloucester, MA, in 2010. Otto Laske’s poetic work consists of a large collection of German poems called “Silesian Word Smithy” (Schlesische Sprachschmiede) for which he is presently negotiating a contract with a publisher in Germany. His English poetry comprises four collections of over 100 poems called — from earlier tolater — Tremblings, Untold Harmonies, Karman Poems, and Renewal by Fire. Pieces from these collections have been published in multi-lingual journals such as Osiris since the early nineties. Otto’s writing practice was originally influenced by German expressionism (Gottfried Benn, PaulCelan). In English, it was open to many influences including algorithmic“sentence generators” in the 1990s. His artistic output is now part of the “Otto Laske Archive” comprising music compositions, animations, digital paintings and drawings at Texas State University, San Marcos,Texas. Otto’s reading will start with a few German originals and their translations and continue with selected pieces from his four English poetrycollections.     Zvi A. Sesling, Brookline, MA Poet Laureate, has published poetry in numerous magazines both in print and online in t

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March 13, 2019
7:30 pm