Denis Roche (1937-2015)

Oh, Denis has called it splitsville! Sadness, a drag — A bright, witty, generous man, sharp as a tack — & absolutely not known enough here in the US. Roche, who started in the surrounds of Tel Quel, is a major writer, an excellent translator (some of Pound’s Cantos, ee cummings, etc.) & photographer. He is also the founding editor of Fiction & Co, one of the very best & most eclectic … Read more Denis Roche (1937-2015)

“Winter Music” in June

Another superb new book for this summer: winter music — Photography by Susan Quasha & poems by Robert Kelly. This is a marvelous occasion, especially as it is the first major showing of the color photography of Susan Quasha, co-founder of Station Hill Press for which she has designed a score (hundreds? I’d guess) of books. It is published by ‘T’ Space in Rhinebeck & distributed by Station Hill. … Read more “Winter Music” in June

Winter Rose

At the end of our morning walk along the Narrows, we stopped in the NBG (Narrows Botanical Garden) in front of our place, and Nicole took some photos of the single rose left. I immediately thought of  the opening poem in Hermetic Definitions, a title the initials of which name its author: HD.   Why did you come to trouble my decline? I am old ( I was old till … Read more Winter Rose

Night Vision

Went out to the 69th Street Wharf here in Sorrentinostan, a.k.a. Bay Ridge, Brooklyn with Nicole last night to have a look at Manhattan from down here. The first snapshot (basic iPhone stuff)  shows WTC1 lit from half way up & the surrounding dark of lower Manhattan (the big lights on the right are the Owls Head Wastewater Treatment Plant.) The second, 180 degrees in the opposite direction, shows … Read more Night Vision

Larry & I

Numero Cinq, an excellent online magazine, has a nice spread of friend Dan Wilcox’s poet-photos. I do hope that one of these days Dan can find a way of showing a few thousands of his poet-photos — a true treasure trove I have seen him amassing since we first met some 18 years ago, & he certainly took thousands before that. You can also check out my translations of Habib Tengour in that issue. It … Read more Larry & I