Handke & Milošević

What drives as serious & excellent a writer as the Austrian Peter Handke to take — & persist in — political stances that seem so absurdly inept & perverse? For ten years now, Handke has been a staunch defender of the Slobodan Milošević, the Serbian leader now jailed in Scheveningen, Holland, and in the process of being tried at the De Haag Court of Justice for crimes against humanity … Read more Handke & Milošević

A query re poetics

In a recent email, Vikas Menon writes: “while i’ve been reading a great deal of poetry, i realized i’ve been sorely negelecting texts on poetics — can you drop me a line when you get a chance on some texts that can act as guideposts to further reading?” I tried to do just that, writing down what quickly came to mind and easily to hand off the shelf. What … Read more A query re poetics

Assia Djebar at the Académie

This past Thursday the “illustrious” French institution known as the Académie Française elected a new member: the Algerian writer and film maker Assia Djebar. The Académie Française is a rather stuffy old institution founded in 1635 by Cardinal Richelieu and ever since charged with the defense of the French language — a job which has led to some hilarious set pieces, such as the attempted excommunication of all anglo-derived … Read more Assia Djebar at the Académie

Dr. Charles Stein Roams Rome

Chuck Stein, poet & philosopher extraordinaire, is in Rome, I learned last night, working with video artist Gary Hill on a major production in that city. He has been sending diaristic posts to Harvey Bialy’s bllog, where you can follow the whole marvellous récit. As Harvey Bialy notes: “On June 11, 2005, Gary Hill presented a multimedia installation/performance, featuring Charles Stein and Paulina Wellensberg-Olsson, in the Roman Coliseum. Dr. … Read more Dr. Charles Stein Roams Rome

Trio Pamplemousse, my words sung by others, continuous peasant

Trio Pamplemousse George Muscatello: GuitarNicole Peyrafitte: VoiceDanny Whelchel: Percussions Trio Pamplemousse investigates musical genres such asJazz standards & French cabaret, as well as contemporary poetry. Thinking back to last Thursday and Trio Pamplemousse’s gig at the Stockade Inn in Schenectady. I first went to Miles’ Little League game (he pitched an excellent 2 relief innings), & thus got to the gig only for the second set, walking into a … Read more Trio Pamplemousse, my words sung by others, continuous peasant

Florence Aubenas & Hussein Hanoun freed

I started this blog with the translation of a poem by Moroccon poet Abdellatif Laâbi for the French journalist Florence Aubenas who, together with her Iraqi guide Hussein Hanoun, had been kidnapped in Baghdad. Yesterday both were finally released after 157 days of detainment, Aubenas being flown back to France while Hussein Hanoun was reunited with his family in Iraq. for full French details go to today’s Libération (the … Read more Florence Aubenas & Hussein Hanoun freed

House of Books

Ugh. A week of aches & pains & 90 degrees heat w/ 100% humidity in Smallbany — but I promise to get back to the blog in more depth soon. Meanwhile, another sending by friend John Maas: every writer’s dream or nigthmare — the house of books: Casa di Libri N°1 Tambre d’Alpago (BL) “Can you imagine a house made out of books? A house in which even the … Read more House of Books

The Knotted 45

In 1988, Luxembourg — the country of which I am still a citizen, even after these many green-carded years — offered the above sculpture by artist Fredrik Reuterswärd to the UN in New York where you can see it today in the Visitor’s Plaza, facing First Avenue at 45th Street. Today, my friend John Maas — an excellent sculptor himself — alerted me to the fact that the Washington … Read more The Knotted 45

Two Entangled Events

Allen Fisher Originally uploaded by pjoris. Just wish I could travel to London for these two occasions next month – events anyone who can be in or get to London on that date should not miss: TWO ENTANGLED EVENTSin LondononSaturday July 23rdfeaturing allen fisher & friends Daytime 11.00 – 5.00 THE POETRY BUZZ Readings off and on a wandering Routemaster Bus Allen Fisher, Andrea Brady, Bill Griffiths,Chris Goode, cris … Read more Two Entangled Events