Mahmood Darwish: Opening Pages of “Memory of Forgetfulness”

Getting up on the first morning after we started shelter-in-place here in New York, I went as always straight to the kitchen to start the ritual of making coffee — & immediately thought that the book I wanted/needed to reread at that/this moment was Mahmood Darwish’s Memory of Forgetfulness, which I have done on other occasions over the years since it was published by the University of California Press … Read more Mahmood Darwish: Opening Pages of “Memory of Forgetfulness”

Abdellatif Laâbi’s ” Perishable Poems”

A pleasure right now here in the turmoil of virus to sit down & read through the latest Abdellatif Laâbi collection of poems, excellently translated by Peter Thompson, & published by Dialogos in Nola. As the publisher’s website states, “English speakers can now join Africans and Africa scholars in recognizing Abdellatif Laâbi as Morocco’s preeminent living poet.” I would qualify this by saying “preeminent francophone poet” given the great … Read more Abdellatif Laâbi’s ” Perishable Poems”

Meanwhile, & despite the Virus, Global Warming Needs Action Too!

Press Release by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research 23/03/2020 Coal exit benefits outweigh its costs Coal combustion is not only the single most important source of CO2, accounting for more than a third of global emissions, but also a major contributor to detrimental effects on public health and biodiversity. Yet, globally phasing out coal remains one of the hardest political nuts to crack. New computer simulations by … Read more Meanwhile, & despite the Virus, Global Warming Needs Action Too!

Michel Deguy: “Coronation”

CORONATION “The coronavirus”… already a hemistich! The epigram can cadence !   Contamination comes down the Contamines Your confines my confines confine themselves But our confines overwhelm confinement Wewe contaminates itself I hear the economy shrink in the purse-exchanges   Ten million Chinese will have lost face    Masks and videos glare & face off    Fat Trump has tweeted “No virus in the States” Putin has put God … Read more Michel Deguy: “Coronation”

Robert Kelly Events @ Louisville

  This weekend (February 20 to 22) as part of the48th Louisville Conference on Literature & Culture, there will be three panels on the poetry of Robert Kelly, as a celebration of Kelly’s work & the simultaneous publication of volume 2 of the RK books I edited: A City Full of Voice: Essays on the Work of Robert Kelly, which will available at the conference. For the full conference … Read more Robert Kelly Events @ Louisville

Ancient Antarctic ice melt increased sea levels by 3+ metres – and it could happen again. 

Via    Newsroom   & Potsdam-Institut:  12 FEB 2020 SHERRY LANDOW Rising ocean temperatures drove the melting of Antarctic ice sheets and caused extreme sea level rise more than 100,000 years ago, a new international study led by UNSW Sydney shows. Fine layers of ancient volcanic ash in the ice helped the team pinpoint when the mass melting took place. Image: AntarcticScience.com Mass melting of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet … Read more Ancient Antarctic ice melt increased sea levels by 3+ metres – and it could happen again. 

Planetary boundaries: Interactions in the Earth system amplify human impacts

Press Release by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research 16/12/2019 What we do to one part of our Earth system does not just add to what we do to other parts – transgressing one planetary boundary can amplify human impacts on another one. For the first time, an international team of scientists now quantified some of the planetary-scale interactions in the Earth system. These biophysical interactions have in … Read more Planetary boundaries: Interactions in the Earth system amplify human impacts

A City Full of Voices

Essays on the Work of Robert Kelly Robert Kelly is one of the major and most prolific American poets of our time. Between 1961 when his first collection, Armed Descent, was published by Hawk’s Well Press, and Seaspel, brought out in 2019 by Lunar Chandelier Collective, Kelly has published some 66+ books of poetry as well as 14 volumes of prose, including novels, short stories, & essays. A City Full of Voices is the … Read more A City Full of Voices

Scorpionic Sun by Mohamed Khaïr-Eddine

Poetry | Mohammed Khaïr-Eddine, translated by Conor Bracken | September 2019 & with a preface by Pierre Joris Cleveland State Poetry Center 978-1-880834-38-1 124 pgs Release Date September 10, 2019  from my Preface: From the start I located MKE in a constellation of poet-workers in the French language that lit & linked my night sky across the Atlantic: two in France itself (though both fierce travelers through much of … Read more Scorpionic Sun by Mohamed Khaïr-Eddine