Against Erasure: Art and Sudan’s Sit-in

& once again via & thanks to the great work ArabLit is doing: JUNE 15, 2019 More than 100 people were killed and hundreds injured in the government’s June 3 attack on a sit-in in Khartoum, where protesters were gathered to demand justice, accountability, and choice in their future governance. The sit-in site had also been a site for art: By Lemya Shammat Before it was brutally stormed at … Read more Against Erasure: Art and Sudan’s Sit-in

Initiated instability in West Antarctica might be the fastest on the continent

Press Release by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research 13/06/2019 All around the Antarctic coastline there are ice sheet instabilities waiting to be triggered. If this happens ice flows inexorably into the ocean and raises sea levels worldwide. The one region where instability likely has already been initiated by a warming of the ocean is probably the region which collapses faster than any other, find scientists from the … Read more Initiated instability in West Antarctica might be the fastest on the continent

In Celebration of Amjad Nasser, a Poet Who ‘Mourns Himself While Still Alive’

Via the always excellent ArabLit came the news this morning of Amjad Nasser’s illness. I met him many years ago, in Paris, & he & his writing were immediately very close to me. It was he who sent me a xerox of the out-of-print English translation of Niffari’s Book of Stations, a sufi concept — the station, the maw’qif — that would become essential to a core aspect of my … Read more In Celebration of Amjad Nasser, a Poet Who ‘Mourns Himself While Still Alive’

12 (Auto)biographical Narratives by Algerian Women

via ArabLit, A list of life-writing by Algerian women that’s worth reading: By Hiyem Cheurfa After ArabLit’s list of 12 Must-read Memoirs in Arabic, I proposed a similar list of (auto)biographical texts by Algerian women, whose contribution to the genre has often been critically obscured. The following list, which I have compiled with the help of my fellow Twitter users, comprises twelve narratives by Algerian women that I think are … Read more 12 (Auto)biographical Narratives by Algerian Women

Dareen Tatour’s Appeal Partially Accepted: Poem Is Not a Crime

via Arabic Literature and Translation Yesterday’s battle in Nazareth District Court was a victory for artistic expression but not for free speech, when charges against Dareen Tatour’s poem “Resist, My People, Resist Them” were overturned, but those for her Facebook posts were upheld: The ruling came yesterday, May 16, in the district court in Nazareth. Shortly after winning the appeal, Tatour re-posted the poem on Facebook. The ruling came three and half … Read more Dareen Tatour’s Appeal Partially Accepted: Poem Is Not a Crime

Arcana: A Stephen Jonas Reader

  Tam my mail carrier knocked at the door today at 1:14 p.m. & handed me — finally, finally, finally! — a book I have looked forward to for many years now: Arcana A Stephen Jonas Reader Edited by Garrett Caples, Derek Fenner, David Rich, Joseph Torra Introduction by Joseph Torra Afterword by David Rich I have known about Jonas since he was brought to my attention in the … Read more Arcana: A Stephen Jonas Reader

Billie Chernicoff: On Robert Kelly’s “Seaspel”

On Robert Kelly’s Seaspel (Lunar Chandelier Collective, 2019) How does he do it, I’ve wondered of every one of Robert Kelly’s books, and I still have no answer. You can’t parse miracles, only witness them.  A mosaic formed by shells of perception, the poet says about Seaspel, the latest in a series of book length poems he has written, one each year over a summer month, on the island … Read more Billie Chernicoff: On Robert Kelly’s “Seaspel”

Just Out: “Arabia (not so) Deserta”

Just out from     spuytenduyvil! Arabia (not so) Deserta Essays on Maghrebi & Mashreqi Writing & Culture Pierre Joris ISBN 978-1-949966-05-3      200 pages        $18.00 Anne Waldman: This is a treasure, a caravanserai of a book, erudite, personal, enlightening. Pierre Joris poet, translator, editor, anthologist scholar, flâneur par excellence—is an incomparable and friendly guide to these realms, his lifelong passion and esprit manifest and up for the rigor of this … Read more Just Out: “Arabia (not so) Deserta”

The Austin International Poetry Fest—Events & Pix

via Nicole Peyrafitte’s blog with a few additions: Here are a few shots of our Domopoetics event in Austin. Above is the Kasrtic-Action Painting made during the performance. Thank you Roger West & Kate Rex for bringing us here. Thank you Francis McGrath for the improvised music. Thank you Samantha Barendson for the snapshots. Our international contingent — guest poets along with AIPF organizers. #france #Iowainternational#NYC #luxembourg #UK #ukraine #italy … Read more The Austin International Poetry Fest—Events & Pix

Behrouz Boochani: “This is the deepest form of violence in the world“

by Holly Young for Spex magazine Behrouz Boochani has written his latest book through text messages from a detention camp in the South Pacific – and was awarded Australia’s richest literary accolade for it. In an exclusive interview over phone he condemns the country’s immigration policy. And talks about the power of writing. For a German version of this article, please click here Over recent years writing has both put … Read more Behrouz Boochani: “This is the deepest form of violence in the world“