POETRY TALK: Yevgeniy Breyger & Madara Gruntmane

Es tut weh, das heißt: Du bist am Leben (It Hurts, Thus: You’re Alive)

2023-06-11, 5:30 PM

Clubraum 7/5€ | Tickets

Yevgeniy Breyger (born in Kharkiv in 1989) and Madara Gruntmane (born in Liepāja in 1981) are united in their search for an empathetic language and their search for what it means to write poetry in the face of violence.

Breyger’s most recent book of poems, Peace without War (kookbooks 2023) is nearly Celanian in its revolution around a single date, but it does not merely mark the date in which the Russian aggression towards Ukraine escalated. Responding to this escalation, Breyger composes a diary in verse, a “kriegsbuch” (“war book”), drawing attention to violence’s more indirect traces, such as a phone number parents write on a fleeing child’s back.

In her often-autobiographical poems, Madara Gruntmane gathers individual voices in scenes of violence both latent and present. Threats are perceived: the dark walk home, a staring neighbor, the drunken acquaintance. Gruntmane’s poetry probes traumatic experiences and their direct physical consequences: “My skin is evil to me.”


Reading & Talk with Yevgeniy Breyger and Madara Gruntmane in conversation with Sonja Hartl.

The event will be interpreted English-German.

With kind support by ECHOO Konferenzdolmetschen

Project management: Timo Berger | Matthias Kniep

Latvian Literature. The 24th poesiefestival berlin is a project of Haus für Poesie in cooperation with Akademie der Künste and is supported by Hauptstadtkulturfonds.