The flight is called. Michael Schmidt translated by Chiara De Luca

di Chiara De Luca*

schmidt-stories-1Michael Schmidt doesn’t have only a life to speak of, he doesn’t have only a story to draw from to enrich his poetry, which is so loaded with experience and so wisely chiseled. Born in Mexico City and now living and working in Manchester, founder and editorial director of the well-known publishing house Carcanet Press and of the prestigious poetry magazine PN Review, biographer, literary critic, translator and poet, Schmidt is no doubt a versatile artist. Moreover, as the majority of the best and most open-minded poets, he doesn’t only concentrate on his own literary creation and its promotion, but also engages actively in exploring, studying, publishing and promoting other artists’ works. This is one of the reasons why Schmidt’s “stories” don’t just belong to him, and it’s not just his own life that the poet wants to speak of. In fact, The Stories of My…

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