Major Feature on New Maltese Poetry on The Drunken Boat


A major new feature on contemporary Maltese poetry, edited by Maria Grech Ganado, has just been published by the US-based electronic literary magazine, The Drunken Boat (ISSN: 1530-7646). The Drunken Boat is owned and operated by Rebecca Seiferle. [See also ‘The Drunken Boat’ is now afloat….here too! Erika Brincat interviews Maria Grech Ganado - TMIS, 18.2.08]


This special issue (Fall/Winter 2007 Vol.7 Issues III-IV) features short introductory articles by Maria Grech Ganado ("Contemporary Writing Scene in Malta "), Adrian Grima ("Maltese Literature — The New Writing") and Bernard Micallef ("Post-Independence Maltese Poetry — An Overview"), and Selected Poetry by Norbert Bugeja, Lino Buhagiar, Antoine Cassar, Priscilla Cassar, Claudia Gauci, Sergio Grech, Maria Grech Ganado, Adrian Grima, Ċali Grima, Simone Inguanez, Roderick Mallia, Immanuel Mifsud, and Abigail Zammit.


The poetry of most of the featured poets has been translated into English from the original in Maltese by Maria Grech Ganado.


"Most of the contemporary writers who are best known," writes Maria Grech Ganado, "belong to the dynamic group 'Inizjamed' (www.inizjamed.org), which, in partnership with international literary groups, holds symposia, translation workshops, exchange projects, readings, etc. Its activities encourage new writers to improve and eventually publish, and are concerned with global, national and personal issues in a universal context — in line with the rest of the world. As with the rest of the world, we win international prizes too. Our literary projects also combine literature with other genres of art — music, painting, installations, etc. with themes which range from the personal to the social, from the political to the philosophical. Above all, Maltese writers have broken with the tyranny of traditional techniques to experiment with the language in new, exciting and enriching ways. The influence of both the modernist and post-modernist movements are keenly felt even where they cannot be pin-pointed or identified."


(January 2008)