“For Orpheus”

A choral piece by composer William Brooks, commissioned by The Crossing as a part of “Jeff Quartets”, a concert in memory of Jeff Dinsmore. Original poem by Pierre Joris, also commissioned by The Crossing. Here is the poem: Jeff Dinsmore Acrostic Elegy Like Orpheus, for you, Jeff, we finger the strings of life to play in sorrow and dEep choral dismay a plaint of life and death our co-Founders two … Read more “For Orpheus”

Just Out: “Canto Diurno”!

Canto Diurno, my Selected Poems (1972-2012) in French (translations coordinated by Jean Portante) and with a foreword by Charles Bernstein, was published this month by Le Castor Astral in their “Les Passeurs d’Inuits” series. Many thanks to Jean Portante, Jean-Yves Reuzeau, Jacques Darras & Charles Bernstein for their invaluable contributions. Here, an extract of Charles Bernstein’s foreword: Pierre Joris’s Cantos Diurno are never solemn, but they acknowledge the “darkness that … Read more Just Out: “Canto Diurno”!

Abdellatif Laâbi’s “In Praise of Defeat”

Archipelago books — maybe right now the finest US press truly turned toward & tuned in to the world beyond these Benighted States — has just released a gorgeous 800-page bilingual tome of the Moroccan poet Abdellatif Laâbi’s Selected Poems under the title In Praise of Defeat. The choice of poems is the author’s own, and the excellent translations from the French are by Donald Nicholson-Smith. Rather than “review” & laud … Read more Abdellatif Laâbi’s “In Praise of Defeat”

Reading List 2016

I was asked to write this piece in late December for the January issue of the Harriet blog The Reading List, a feature of Poetry magazine’s Editors’ Blog, as I had Celan prose translations in the January issue: No matter what else has gone wrong with this year (and much did, obviously, & I won’t dwell on it!), it is going out with a bang: the mailman just handed me today, Tuesday, … Read more Reading List 2016

Charles Bernstein: Outside of Tune, Inside of Time

Charles Bernstein’s response / closing talk at the Outside-in / Inside-out conference in Glasgow this past October. Inspired by the recently published fifth volume of Poems for the Millennium, Barbaric Vast & Wild: A Gathering of Outside & Subterranean Poetry from Origins to Present, edited by Jerome Rothenberg & John Bloomberg-Rissman, this festival and symposium opened up views to poetry past, present, and potentially future with the question: Is … Read more Charles Bernstein: Outside of Tune, Inside of Time

James Koller reads “The Bone Show”

Bertie Koller, son of poet James Koller (1936-2014), sent the following letter to family & friends a few days back to announce the beginning of a project involving publishing online his recordings of his father’s collected works. Here below, his letter & a link to the first installment, the recordings of Jim’s The Bone Show: Dear family & friends, at some point leading up to the winter of 2009/2010 my father, James … Read more James Koller reads “The Bone Show”