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The Aeneid [from books 1 & 2] trans. by David Hadbawnik

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The Aeneid [from books 1 & 2] trans. by David Hadbawnik

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The Aeneid [from books 1 & 2] trans. by David Hadbawnik

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While the Aeneid needs little introduction, Hadbawnik's categorically UN-stilted translation highlights its modernity and experimental tendencies. The poem appears side by side with black and white reproductions of Carrie Kaser's lovely art work which is also used in the cover design. 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

David Hadbawnik is a poet living in Buffalo, NY. In 2012, he edited Thomas Meyer’s Beowulf (Punctum Books), and in 2011 he edited (with Sean Reynolds) selections from Jack Spicer’s Beowulf for CUNY’s Lost and Found Document Series. Other publications include Field Work (BlazeVOX, 2011), Translations From Creeley (Sardines, 2008), Ovid in Exile (Interbirth, 2007), and SF Spleen (Skanky Possum, 2006). He is the editor and publisher of Habenicht Press and the journal kadar koli.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Carrie Kaser is an artist and printmaker living in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She is a Tamarind-trained lithographer and has studied at the Rhode Island School of Design, University of New Mexico, and University at Buffalo where she completed an MFA in Visual Studies. Her artwork is grounded in her love of drawing and narrative and focuses on human interaction with nature and technology. Her prints and drawings have been featured in exhibitions nationally and internationally.

The Aeneid [from book 4] trans. by David Hadbawnik
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The Aeneid [from book 3] trans. by David Hadbawnik
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This year’s installment is books 3 and 4, Aeneas telling the story of his post-Troy wanderings followed by his abandoning of Dido and her suicide. The two slim volumes with their small pages and short lines have a miniaturizing force, compressing the hero’s wanderings and queen’s erotic tragedy into sharply turned phrases and shocking revelations...

In David Hadbawnik's translation of the Aeneid, Aeneas describes the Trojans who flee after Priam's death as "pussies." He calls Helen of Troy "that bitch," and Hector, in a dream, says to Aeneas, "RUN / fuckhead." These are not the words of a stilted, archaic epic. This chapbook is faithful to the themes and plots of Virgil, but Hadbawnik's language makes the Aeneid entirely new, a la Anne Carson.  (Reviewed by Lisa Ampleman in Diagram 14.1)

We'd like to thank Jonathan Lohr for his thoughtful reading of David Hadbawnik's translation of the The Aeneid [from Books 1 & 2] now available for purchase

"David Hadbawnik’s free translation of the text steers away from the affectations of seamlessness that direct translations attempt, instead shows the self-awareness of the translation as an effort at subsuming and translator’s role as appropriator. Hadbawnik uses this awareness to work against a translation of replacement by exposing the tension between the language and the text." 

"Reading Virgil always makes me feel split in half, divided between desire and duty, knowing that I should love Rome – think about everything that’s Rome’s done for me, for you, for all of us! – but not always managing to feel it. David Hadbawnik’s translation, and the fantastic chapbook-art object he’s co-made with the help of little red leaves textile series and the artist Carrie Kaser, brings that ambivalence home. "