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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 · 1 Comment · 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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Just Out: Anthology Issue of The Volta

February 1st, 2014 · No Comments · Anthology, Essays, Poetics, Poetry, Translation

“The February issue of The Volta is up and features a special issue on poetry and poetics anthologies, with responses, essays, conversations, and interviews by the editors of  many, many poetry anthologies.” Evening Will Come: anthology feature: Laynie Browne; Tina Chang, Nathalie Handal, & Ravi Shankar, Joshua Corey & G.C. Waldrep; Rita Dove & Jericho Brown; Michael […]

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Death by data:

January 21st, 2014 · No Comments · Cultural Studies, Essays

…how Kafka’s The Trial prefigured the nightmare of the modern surveillance state We live in a world of covert court decisions and secret bureaucratic procedures and where privacy is being abolished – all familiar from Kafka’s best-known novel, The Trial. Excellent essay on Kafka & the modern surveillance state by Reiner Stach, author of a recent […]

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Some Favorite Reads of 2013

January 6th, 2014 · No Comments · Book Reviews, Essays, Poetry, Prose, Translation, Uncategorized

I’m a bit late on this, & certainly haven’t read all of the books that came into my house last year, as it sometime takes me a long time to go through the six-foot long side-shelf on the desk where the unreads winter & summer until they find their place on the wall shelves. Hors […]

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75 Years Ago Osip Mandelstam died

December 27th, 2013 · 2 Comments · Celebration, Essays, European History, Homage, Poetry, Radio, Translation

Osip Emilyevich Mandelstam — О́сип Эми́льевич Мандельшта́м — was born January 15  1891 & died 75 years ago today on December 27, 1938 in Siberia at a transit camp to the Gulag where Stalin had sent him for writing poems that insulted the dictator. Probably the greatest Russian lyric poet & essayist of the first part of the 20C. […]

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