POETRY TALK: Dean Bowen, Charlotte Van den Broeck & Tjawangwa Dema

The Weight Of Each Syllable Upon The Tongue

2023-06-15, 3:30 PM

Clubraum 7/5 € | Tickets


Poets Dean Bowen (born 1984 in the Netherlands), Charlotte Van den Broeck (born 1991 in Belgium) and Tjawangwa Dema (born 1981 in Botswana) will read from their poems and speak with Jumoke Adeyanju about Spoken Word as a performance of sociopolitical resistance.

Swaying “cloaked chronicles,” Dean Bowen reflects on how Dutch postcolonialism inscribes itself into one’s identity in his striking, polyphonic poetry debut, Bokman (Uitgeverij Jurgen Maas 2018). The “I” in Charlotte Van den Broeck’s poetry collections, most recently Aarduitwrijvingen (Singel Uitgeverijen 2021), explores relationships between the female self and the other, nature, and the world, in agile, imagistic language: “I wait for thicker skin and mastery.” Artfully woven into a dense intertext, Tjawangwa Dema considers her protagonists’ subversive escape from emotional and physical labor in The Careless Seamstress (University of Nebraska Press 2019, German translation “Meuterin,” parasitenpresse 2022). “As hunters would / your days will dig a trapping pit / where you and she might emerge, / your hands bloody with practice.”


The event will be interpreted English-German.

With kind support by ECHOO Konferenzdolmetschen

Project management: Nadine Tenbieg

Flanders Literature, Nederlands Letterenfonds, Versopolis, funded by the Creative Europe Programm der Europäischen Union. The 24th poesiefestival berlin is a project of Haus für Poesie in cooperation with Akademie der Künste and is supported by Hauptstadtkulturfonds.