Just Published: Barzakh (Poems 2000-2012)

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From the back cover:

ON BARZAKH:

A magnificent multi-layered tome from the brilliant poet and translator (of German, French and Arabic) whose erudition and deep engagement with the doings of humanitas are on full display. From a lyrical bi-lingual ode to Kerouac through DIS/ASTER-OILDRECK, we are drawn into a kinetic weave of world and language. “The brain amazed/that shaped air/ makes sense/in difference./Shut your brain port./ (as if, as if)/ for a moment/ open your mouth/be wet sweet breath/be dew/be dew/be the beduin/ letter.” A book for the time, for all times, for its care, its passion, its urgent soundings.
— Anne Waldman

ON PIERRE JORIS:

Pierre Joris is a genuine Luxembourgian Yankee, who has invaded the American language, not to plunder but to enrich us with his presence. The scope of the work is large, the thrust is synthesizing, the idiom particular and rich. A renard-coyote, his accomplish-ment is there for all of us to see and hear.
— Jerome Rothenberg

…Pierre Joris is a wonderful poet of remarkable breadth of concern and lyric occasion.
— Robert Kelly

TABLE OF CONTENTS

I. Prologue: End of Century Revisitation, or, A Closer

Canto Diurno # 2: A / To Jack Kerouac : Ode Bilingue | 17

II. 2000 etcetera: the Barzakh

eyes | 30
red crane crosses window | 31
This afternoon Dante | 32
there is no weather this morning | 33 desire of a line| 34
wave to the three women | 35
on the back porch again | 37
Tuesday, May 23rd, 2000 | 38
care of house, dead | 39
evening writing | 40
but mind has no care | 41
Shaman’s Dream Question | 42

Seven Elegies Preceded By A Meditation Postmodern Elegy | 44
1. Telegrammatica Per Franco | 45
2. For O.P. | 46
3. with Armand in mind | 47
4. For Barry MacSweeney dead this week at 51 | 48
5. A calm vademecum dose | 50
6. for R.C. — A Man for all Occasions | 52
7. Nattell is | 53

EP: heard, not seen | 56
Reading / Writing # 18 | 57 Monsoonish | 61

A Later Lemur Offering | 63
First Lemur Mourning | 65
Three Little Proses | 66
Measure | 68
Out Between | 69

Gymnastics, anybody? | 71
Now the bell tolls | 73
The fire alarms ambulances down Madison | 74
9/11/01 | 75

The Rothenberg Variations | 77

1/1/02 | 93
What the dream ends in | 94
dream anguish give | 95
[Introït to my Purgatory] | 97
L’Heure Bleue | 99
Poem upon returning to these States after a 6-month absence | 101
I have never | 102

for Gerrit at 75 | 103
A Certain Shabbiness, or:
The Circus is Leaving Town for Good | 104
April 1st ’04 / Venice Beach | 105
FOR TOM 107 |

Three Ontological Goggles
1. Diaspora is | 109
2. Nomadism is | 112
3. Poetry is: Definitions for Tom Nattell | 116

Nimrod | 121

from: An Alif Baa
preamble to an alphabet | 124
آ|125
128 | ب
129 | A poem in noon ن

Nicou | 134
It is so like me you | 136
“Nothing No one Nowhere Never” | 139
All you ever can write about | 140
The Rheumy Eye of Night | 141
oh to have an alphabet | 143
Another end to writing/reading # 18 | 144
But the ear | 145
The monument to the dead | 146
Coils to Scratch | 147
For an Oud | 149

Pyrenean Notebook
in the golden pheasant | 150
Along the coast of Sri Lanka fish feed | 151
07.29.09. Bourg d’Oueil | 152
Bourg Birds | 153
The Sanctuary of Hands | 154
7/23/14 1:48 PM

The Fez Journals
On Miles’ 13th birthday | 159
Bab Bou Jeloud | 161
In Fez | 163
In Larache | 164
to go to the bottom of the pool | 167
Looking out over Fez — | 168
On the terrace of the Star of Fez | 169
Pools are for fools. | 170
Sunday morning 7 a.m. | 171
What if the birds were the shadows | 172
National Characters | 174
the heat is in the soup, | 175
the star of Fez again | 176
Leaving Fez | 178

Mongolian Capital | 180
the eighth climate I asked | 181
The Scumline | 183
At Justin’s, late | 187
Trust the first word that comes | 188
Wrist | 189

Canto Diurno # 4
The Tang Extending From The Blade | 192

For love | 208
For Yoori Kang & Joseph Mastantuono, at their Wedding | 211

Canto Diurno #5
1. At the Mondrian | 213
2. Lunch at La Grille (1.30 p.m.) | 216

There are ways and then there are ways to make this page wider | 219
Blurb for Hütte | 221
Reading Edmond Jabès | 222
Papyrus | 223

Letter to Steichen’s Ed | 224
I like the imp | 228
In Praise of Pinot Blanc | 229
48 Words, found, somehow: | 230
The Autopoetic Path | 231
Anton Webern Returns from Hungary | 232
Reading Rothschild & | 233
R.I.P. for C. L.-S. | 235
Homage to Badia Masabni | 236
RoToR response | 237
This tanker… | 240
Sour Birth | 243
Day’s End Run | 244
Winter Poem | 245
New Year Poem | 246
What I see: | 247
On Goethe’s Flyleaf | 248
Shakespeare’s sonnet #71, re-Englished after Paul Celan’s German
version without consulting the original | 249
Time is never timely | 250
R Train Spotting | 251
Early Morning Trail | 252
Dear George, | 253
is it a good thing to find | 254
Time is Vexing | 255

The Gulf (From Rigwreck to Disaster) | 256
Rigwreck | 258
Interlude 1 | 270
Love at First Sight | 272
Interlude 2: | 284
Dis/aster — Oildreck | 287

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  1. Okay, I’m convinced. I have purchased the book. You can now stop the constant stream of high pressure mailers, robo-calls and sounds in the night.

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