Akkadian Incantation of Use in Nola During Mardi Gras Week



Stars, I arrest you!

Sky, I arrest you!

Earth, I arrest you!

Anu, I arrest you!

Enlil, I arrest you!

Until I get my food and drink

in: Benjamin R. Foster, Before the Muses, An Anthology of Akkadian literature.

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Pierre Joris

Pierre Joris is a poet, translator, essayist & anthologist who has published more than 50 books, most recently, Meditations on the Stations of Mansur al-Hallaj (poems) from Chax Press and The University of California Book of North African Literature (volume 4 in the Poems for the Millennium series), coedited with Habib Tengour. Exile is My Trade: A Habib Tengour Reader edited & translated by Joris, and Pierre Joris: Cartographies of the In-between, essays on Joris’ work edited by Peter Cockelbergh, came out in 2012. Forthcoming are Barzakh — Poems 2000-2012 (Black Widow Press) & Breathturn Into Timestead:The Collected Later Poems of Paul Celan (FSG).

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