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

On Kamel Daoud’s “Meursault, Counter-Investigation”

via the always excellent Arab Literature (in English) Why Did ‘Other Press’ Stick Through Heated Auction to Get Debut Algerian Novel? BY MLYNXQUALEY on DECEMBER 14, 2014 • ( 0 ) Algerian journalist Kamel Daoud’s Meursault, Counter-Investigation was the subject of a heated auction at this year’s Frankfurt Book Fair. Why did Other Press stick it out to acquire world English rights?  Publishers Weekly talked to Other Press publisher Judith Gurewich. First — … Read more On Kamel Daoud’s “Meursault, Counter-Investigation”

Review of Robert Kelly’s Collected Essays

Ian Dreiblatt just posted a longish blog post on drunken boat that starts with a review of A Voice Full of Cities: The Collected Essays of Robert Kelly. I am reproducing the opening section below; you can read the whole piece here: Stone Stair New York, Part 1 by DB Guest Blogger Ian Dreiblatt contra mundum press has just published a voice full of cities, a heaping anthology of … Read more Review of Robert Kelly’s Collected Essays

Diary of a Muslim Jew

via Arab Literature (in English) ‘Diary of a Muslim Jew’: And Yes, That’s the Book’s Title by mlynxqualey We have become so accustomed to thinking of religion as a place of singularity in human identity that Diary of a Jewish Muslim gives all the shock in translation that author Kamal Ruhayyim surely intended in the original: It was — as I have written earlier — beginning about a decade ago that films and novels that foregrounded … Read more Diary of a Muslim Jew