Calligraphy Typewriters: The Selected Poems of Larry Eigner

  For anyone interested in American poetry post-WW2 at its experimental, processual best, & who was not able to pick up the set of Collected Volumes (very expensive indeed) or only owns a few (there were many!) of the small-press chapbooks & books Larry Eigner published during his life-time, this is THE BOOK. Here is what Lynn Hejinian had to say about it: “Following publication of the massive (and magnificent) four-volume edition … Read more Calligraphy Typewriters: The Selected Poems of Larry Eigner

“Un nouveau monde:” di Manno & Garron’s Anthology of French poetry 1960-2012

Below, the opening paras of a useful review, to say the least, of what looks like the major anthology of French poetry since 1960. I haven’t gotten ahold of the book yet, but both anthologizers, Yves di Manno & Isabelle Garron, are excellent poet-scholars, so I am confident of their collaboration. Interestingly enough, it would seem that one of the angles from where they go at evaluating the poetry of that … Read more “Un nouveau monde:” di Manno & Garron’s Anthology of French poetry 1960-2012

Leonard Schwartz’s “The New Babel: Toward a Poetics of the Mid-East Crises”

An interesting review of Leonard Schwartz’s book by Kathleen Eamon just appeared on the talisman website. Here the opening paragraphs, link to the full article below: Leonard Schwartz’s The New Babel: Toward a Poetics of the Mid-East Crises (The University of Arkansas Press 2016) is a timely book, emerging at a historical moment that its own capacious political vision lets us find internally related to the crises in question.  Much of it was written in the context … Read more Leonard Schwartz’s “The New Babel: Toward a Poetics of the Mid-East Crises”

Abdellatif Laâbi’s “In Praise of Defeat”

Archipelago books — maybe right now the finest US press truly turned toward & tuned in to the world beyond these Benighted States — has just released a gorgeous 800-page bilingual tome of the Moroccan poet Abdellatif Laâbi’s Selected Poems under the title In Praise of Defeat. The choice of poems is the author’s own, and the excellent translations from the French are by Donald Nicholson-Smith. Rather than “review” & laud … Read more Abdellatif Laâbi’s “In Praise of Defeat”

Norman Weinstein on “Barzakh”

Just published on Jacket2; below the opening paras & the link to the whole piece. Healer and hunter: A review of Pierre Joris’s ‘Barzakh’ NORMAN WEINSTEIN Barzakh: Poems 2000–2012 Pierre Joris Black Widow Press 2014, 306 pages, $19.95, ISBN 996007924 My father was a healer & a hunter. Is it any surprise I became a poet & translator? (“Nimrod,” 121) “Nothing truer than fragment” — I’m quoting Robert Kelly … Read more Norman Weinstein on “Barzakh”

On “Tiny Windows” by Duncan McNaughton

“The Pants of Time” is an excellent review by Benjamin Hollander on the latest book by an excellent, sadly neglected poet. Opening paras below; the rest is on its original publication platform, the Boston Review. Link to it is below the excerpt. Tiny Windows Duncan McNaughton Auguste Press Who knows or can speak of Duncan McNaughton and his poems: of the Boston-born poet (1942), now living in San Francisco, editor of the two 1970s … Read more On “Tiny Windows” by Duncan McNaughton

Aldon Nielsen on Amiri Baraka’s SOS (Poems 1961-2013)

As I put it on Face Book a week or so ago when Aldon Nielsen’s review of SOS (Poems 1961-2013) came out: “An excellent corrective to the ignorant NYT put-down piece of a week ago. Aldon Nielsen knows exactly what he is speaking of, i.e. knows in detail the incredible width & depth of Amiri Baraka’s oeuvre — one of the major literary achievements of the second part of … Read more Aldon Nielsen on Amiri Baraka’s SOS (Poems 1961-2013)

Review of Barzakh

by Don Wellman  on Immanent Occasions; opening paras follow — read the full review here. Barzakh: Poems 2000-2012, Pierre Joris, Black Widow: Boston 2014 Barzakh is largely constructed from the poet’s work over the first decade of the new millennium, much of it biographical in nature. Like Louis Zukofsky, Pierre Joris interrogates “the overtly complex semantic unit we call ‘life.’’ I am following Mark Scroggins in this phrasing. Several … Read more Review of Barzakh

Chicago Tribune Review of “Breathturn into Timestead”

12/31/2014 By Shoshana Olidort The last five poetry volumes of Paul Celan are collected in “Breathturn Into Timestead” (Farrar, Straus & Giroux) The poem, Paul Celan once said, “is lonely,” and in its loneliness it reaches outward, “intends another … goes toward it.” In this way, Celan went on to explain, the poem creates the possibility for an encounter with the reader, for being heard and understood. One of … Read more Chicago Tribune Review of “Breathturn into Timestead”

George Hunka on Celan

New books: Paul Celan Paul Celan remains one of the most significant poets of the twentieth century. The two great poems of his early career, “Death Fugue” (circa 1945) and “Stretto” (1958), were respectively informed, if not inspired, by the Holocaust and the detonation of the atomic bomb. His body of work was a response, if not a riposte, to Adorno’s speculation that poetry was impossible in the wake … Read more George Hunka on Celan