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Stephen Kessler on Juan Felipe Herrera

June 22nd, 2015 · No Comments · Celebration, Essays

This article was first published in the Santa Cruz Sentinel two days ago. America’s new ‘bard without borders’ Juan Felipe Herrera, California’s poet laureate, the son of migrant farmworkers, will be the next U.S. poet in chief. Riverside Press-Enterprise file By Stephen Kessler, Special to the Sentinel Juan Felipe Herrera, child of Mexican-American migrant workers, schooled […]

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Stephen Kessler on Richard O. Moore

June 3rd, 2015 · No Comments · Essays, Obituaries, Uncategorized

PoetryFlash has just published an excellent, in-depth article on Richard Moore by Stephen Kessler. Below, the opening paragraphs; you can read the whole article here. Golden Codger: The Odd Career of Richard O. Moore by Stephen Kessler There all the golden codgers lay, There the silver dew… (W. B. Yeats) The trouble with everything is […]

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Abdelwahab Meddeb: The Malady of Islam (7)

February 25th, 2015 · 1 Comment · Arab Culture, Essays, History, Islam, Islamic Fundamentalists, Translation

The Malady of Islam by Abdelwahab Meddeb translated from the French by Pierre Joris and Charlotte Mandell (7th installment) P A R T II A Genealogy of Fundamentalism 14  In a text published a few months before her death, Simone Weil warned with great lucidity that “an Americanization of Europe would certainly prepare an Americanization of […]

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Abdelwahab Meddeb: The Malady of Islam (6)

February 24th, 2015 · No Comments · Arab Culture, Cultural Studies, Essays, Intellectuals, Islam, Islamic Fundamentalists, Translation, Uncategorized

The Malady of Islam by Abdelwahab Meddeb translated from the French by Pierre Joris and Charlotte Mandell (6th installment) P A R T II A Genealogy of Fundamentalism 12 The movement that tried to take power in the lifetime of Ibn ‘Abd al-Wahhab came to nothing. The troops of the viceroy of Egypt’s, Mohammed ‘Ali (1769-1848), […]

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Review of Robert Kelly’s Collected Essays

December 10th, 2014 · No Comments · Book Review, 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 […]

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Abdelwahab Meddeb (1946-2014)

November 6th, 2014 · 2 Comments · Criticism, Cultural Studies, Essays, Poet, Poetics, Poetry, Radio, Translator

Abdelwahab Meddeb passed away in the night from Wednesday to Thursday in Paris.  Born in Tunis in 1946, he was a poet, scholar, writer, translator, traveller, magazine editor (“Dédale“), book editor (as series editor with  Editions Sindbad from 1974 to 1987 he published the classics of sufism as well as many of the most outstanding contemporary Arab authors), […]

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Uri Avnery On Chickenshit

October 31st, 2014 · 1 Comment · Essays

Uri Avnery November 1, 2014 Chickenshit WHEN A high-ranking official of one country calls the leader of another country “chickenshit”, it may be assumed that the relations between the two countries are not at their best. In fact, they may be considered somewhat less than cordial. This week, It happened. An unnamed very high-ranking US […]

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A Voice Full of Cities: The Collected Essays of Robert Kelly

September 28th, 2014 · 1 Comment · Book Launch, Essays, Poetics, Poetry, Uncategorized

!OUT NOW! It is no exaggeration to suggest that Robert Kelly may well be America’s most prolific poet, and certainly one of the most singular and ceaselessly innovative writers the country produced in the 2nd part of the past century. To date, he has published more than 70 books of poetry and fiction — books […]

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Octavio Paz, b. 100 Years ago today…

March 31st, 2014 · 2 Comments · Essays, Intellectuals, Poetry, Translation

  … on March 31, & left eso mundo in April 1998. A day, thus, on which to take time to reread a few of Paz’s poems in Eliot Weinberger’s excellent translations, & probably an essay or so. On the day of his passing I was in Berkeley & wrote the following poem, in memoriam: […]

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Homage to Juan Gelman

March 27th, 2014 · 1 Comment · Essays, Homage, Poetry, Translation

The L.A. Review of Books just published a superb homage to recently deceased poet Juan Gelman by Víctor Rodríguez Núñez &Katherine M. Hedeen. Opening paras below — for the whole essay, click here. Juan Gelman or “about a truth that didn’t believe in death.” March 23rd, 2014 The Spanish language edition of this article is available immediately […]

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