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This report is taken from PN Review 105, Volume 22 Number 1, September - October 1995.

MPT Re-born Norma Rinsler

After years in the wilderness, Modem Poetry in Translation has re-emerged to continue its long and distinguished career. First published in 1966 under the joint editorship of Ted Hughes and Daniel Weissbort, it went through a number of changes of shape and size in the forty-four issues that appeared between 1966 and 1982, and at one point became an annual. After a gap of some two years, publication was taken over by Anvil Press and the title changed to Poetry World. Two (very fine) issues appeared (1986, 1988), to be followed by another period of silence. In 1991, by a series of happy accidents, I learned that Daniel Weissbort was anxious to attempt what he has called a 'third re-birth'. The Arts Council agreed to support the publication of the magazine at King's College London, which had meanwhile acquired the archive of MPT, we restored its original title, and the first issue of the New Series appeared in 1992. Daniel Weissbort continues to edit MPT from Iowa, and the magazine is set and proof-read at King's.

I realise now that the enterprise was undertaken a trifle raswy, with all the enthusiasm of inexperience. The enthusiasm is however undimmed, and producing the magazine has proved to be an enormously absorbing and enjoyable task. The university context has been a mixed blessing, since the vagaries of bookspops, of agents and indeed of individual subscribers are foreign territory as far as our Finance Department is concerned. Discount they find confusing, ...


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