Series 3 No.17 – Parnassus

Modern Poetry in Translation is the official poetry magazine partner of Southbank Centre’s ‘Poetry Parnassus’ Festival (26th June – 1st July 2012), a part of Southbank Centre’s Festival of the World with MasterCard. This will be the largest ever gathering of poets from around the world. In our ‘Parnassus’ issue we have 17 of them, in translation, drawn from the 204 participating countries. Publishing them, as well as other poets from the sixth century BC to the present day, we offer our characteristic variety of voices, cultures and perspectives. Every issue of MPT is an anthology gathered across the frontiers of space and time, and ‘Parnassus’ is one we are particularly proud of.

Among the poets in ‘Parnassus’ are Pindar, Hölderlin, Li Bai, Cavafy, Al-Saddiq Al-Raddi, Adel Guémar and Gerður Kristný. We have essays on poetic improvisation in Tuscany and Wales. And here you will also find the winning poems from our first Poetry Translation Competition.  First prize went to Ingar Palmlund for her beautiful translation of Tomas Tranströmer’s Allegro.

‘Parnassus’ will be launched at 8pm on 27th June in Southbank Centre’s Saison Poetry Library, with readings by a number of our featured poets and translators. Admission is free but space is limited. To book, email