Roy Fisher (1930-2017)

Startled & saddened last night, returning from  reading at Saint Mark’s Poetry project, to come across Jed Rasula’s FB-post: “I just heard that the great English poet Roy Fisher died today, not long after Tom Raworth passed. They were the two most important non-American poets for me in the early 70s. I corresponded with Raworth but never met him. I interviewed Fisher in 1973 with my friend Mike Erwin, who … Read more Roy Fisher (1930-2017)

Saravah, Pierre Barouh!

Are all the good ones going to split before 2017? What is it they know about the year to come? This morning brings the news that Pierre Barouh, the French singer, composer, lyricist & founder of Saravah Records (Saravah is an African word that means salvation, benediction) passed yesterday at 82 from a massive heart attack. In early November, in Paris, we sat at dinner with him & the whole gang … Read more Saravah, Pierre Barouh!

The Saga of Sisyphus: Avnery on Peres

 [Uri Avnery posted this piece on Shimon Peres on September 24, 2016, thus 2 days before Peres died. I reproduce it here because I think it is a more accurate evaluation of  Peres than the various obits that have appeared since last night.]         SHIMON PERES is a genius. A genius of impersonation. All his life he has worked on his public persona. The image replaced the man. … Read more The Saga of Sisyphus: Avnery on Peres

Nabile Farès (1940-2016)

Just heard from his close friend, the poet Habib Tengour, that the great Algerian writer Nabile Farès died on Wednesday. A brief bio-note (revising the Wikipedia entry) for those who don’t know Farès or his work, followed by a little essay I wrote some years ago: Born in Collo, Algeria, Nabile Farès participated, during the Liberation war, in the strikes of the high school students in 1956, before joining the ranks of the National … Read more Nabile Farès (1940-2016)

The Murder of Syrian Poet Mohammad Bashir al-Aani

by mlynxqualey PEN International has condemned the murder of Mohammad Bashir al-Aani and his son Elyas in Deir al-Zour City “by the armed group calling itself Islamic State (IS)”: Al-Aani’s death was reported last Thursday. The poet, who published three collections, was reportedly kidnapped last fall. From the PEN release: According to media reports, Al-Aani and his son were originally held in an undisclosed locations with 100 others after they attempted … Read more The Murder of Syrian Poet Mohammad Bashir al-Aani

Michel Deguy: A Feast at Eco’s

La Fête chez Eco Umberto, ton idole dans nos mémoires d’hôte faunesque renaissant mallarméen enjouant tes amis sur les pipeaux du soir nous hanta tout cet été ménippéen Mon esprit trop français monoglotte et qu’on dit de l’escalier, d’étrange Étranger, mais pas de Mantinée, qui a perdu l’audace de faire chœur au Banquer Salue avec retard le génie de ton lieu, l’accordéon, le feu grégeois sur les terrasses la … Read more Michel Deguy: A Feast at Eco’s

Ettore Scola (1931-2016)

Filmography as director Let’s Talk About Women (1964) Thrilling (1965) Hard Time for Princes (1965) The Devil in Love (1966) Will Our Heroes Be Able to Find Their Friend Who Has Mysteriously Disappeared in Africa?(1968) Police Chief Pepe (1969) The Pizza Triangle (1970) My Name Is Rocco Papaleo (1971) The Most Wonderful Evening of My Life (1972) Trevico-Turin: Voyage in Fiatnam (1973) Festival Unità (1973) – documentary We All … Read more Ettore Scola (1931-2016)