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Michael Peverett on Lee Harwood

February 13th, 2016 · No Comments · Essays, Poetics, Poetry

Excellent essay on Lee Harwood at Intercapillary Space. Here’s the opening section: Six notes about Lee Harwood (while reading Penguin Modern Poets 19) by Michael Peverett 1. The English Channel Paul Nash, painting of Dymchurch sea-wall [Image source: from Cathy Lomax’s pretty wonderful blog: http://cathylomax.blogspot.co.uk/2013/08/paul-nash-and-dymchurch.html] Lee’s poems had about them a remarkable tone. They were […]

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Ingeborg Bachmann: Nobody has the Right to Appeal to the Victim

December 10th, 2015 · 4 Comments · Essays, Translator

Reading, thinking and writing about Ingeborg Bachmann right now, while also thinking about the victims of terror and the misuse they are put to, here in this country and in France as well. So this morning I came across a posthumous prose fragment of Bachmann’s which I’d read in the 4-volume collected but now met again, […]

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Fatema Mernissi (1940-2015)

December 4th, 2015 · No Comments · Arab Culture, Cultural Studies, Essays, Intellectuals, Maghreb, Obituaries

Sad news this: Fatema Mernissi was a major voice for women inthe Maghreb over the years — I found that her books were also very useful to wake up my American students. Her memoir Dreams of Trespass: Tales of a Harem Girlhood is a must read. Thanks to Arab Literature (in English). BY MLYNXQUALEY on […]

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Uri Avnery: The Reign of Absurdiocy

December 1st, 2015 · 1 Comment · Essays

November 28, 2015 Writes Uri Avnery: There is no such thing as “international terrorism”. To declare war on “international terrorism” is nonsense. Politicians who do so are either fools or cynics, and probably both. Terrorism is a weapon. Like cannon. We would laugh at somebody who declares war on “international artillery”. A cannon belongs to […]

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YOKO TAWADA: CELAN READS JAPANESE

November 21st, 2015 · No Comments · Criticism, Essays, Translation, Uncategorized

from: The White Review: A fascinating reflection on Celan and translation from Yōko Tawada, a Japanese writer currently living in Berlin, Germany who writes in both Japanese and German. I missed the piece when it first cam out in 2013, but very happy to have come across it now. Opening paras below, then click on “here.” THERE […]

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Joris on Celan & Witnessing @ ENS

October 6th, 2015 · 2 Comments · Criticism, Essays, Language, Literature, Philosophy, Poetry, Translation

  Open & free to the public Monday, 12 October, 11a.m. to 1p.m. Salle Beckett Ecole Normale Supérieure 45 Rue d’Ulm, 75005 Paris

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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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