[FB’d this in dismay this morning; but seems worthwhile to keep track of on my blog. It concerns a review of Elizabeth Bishop, A Miracle for Breakfast by Megan Marshall, but mainly Patricia Bosworth’s review of ROBERT LOWELL, SETTING THE RIVER ON FIRE A Study of Genius, Mania, and Character By Kay Redfield Jamison.] So, trying to relax on a windy & cold Sunday morning, I turn to the just-delivered paper New York Times, … Read more Reading the NYTBR on Bishop & Lowell
Sometime last year, in May, if I remember correctly, I took the following notes toward a post, which I never got to finalize. I’ll post them today — Handke’s writing & thinking about writing somehow keeps coming to my mind: This saturday morning’s newspaper reading led me, via the ever so useful GermanPerlentaucher cultural news gatherer, to Die Welt, a paper I normally don’t read. Today in its cultural pages the paper … Read more Peter Handke’s “Landing Approaches”
Miles Joris-Peyrafitte’s award-winning feature As You Are premieres tonight at 7 p.m. in New York at the Village East Cinema. Further showtimes & tickets here. Reviews: “As You Are Is an Indie Dream that Smells Like Teen Spirit”: Vanity Fair. “As You Are Summons the Confused Intensity of Teen Friendships on the Verge of Becoming More:” Village Voice. “INTERVIEW: Director Miles Joris-Peyrafitte puts new spin on coming-of-age story” Hollywood Soapbox. “The Trailer for … Read more Today: New York City Premiere of “As You Are”!
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”
Given the various inanities and inaccuracies spouted by our President & his friend Bibi, given the disaster we can look forward to if Trump forces the US to abandon the 2-state solution, relocates the US Embassy to Jerusalem under an US Ambassador in cahoots with illegal settlements, given all this, it is useful to go back to the root of the conflict to see how it all started. Uri Avnery … Read more Uri Avnery: How did it Start?
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”!
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”
… poet, traveler, publisher, performer, friend, fastest pen-in-cheeck reader in the East & the West, teacher, quiet hurricane, mover, inspirer. Travel well, my friend, you who always knew how to move with grace through the barzakhs of all our in-betweens. Here a poem a wrote for Tom a few years back:
La revue du Collège international de philosophie — N° 89-90, 2016/2 Penser avec Derrida où qu’il soit Sommaire EXERGUE …Où qu’il soit Safaa Fathy HORIZONS Au lieu de l’écriture Carlos Lobo CORPUS Métaphore, méta-force Geoffrey Bennington Jacques Derrida/Gaston Bachelard. Pour une métaphorologie fractale. La « fleur de Schrödinger » dans Le Jardin d’Épicure Charles Alunni Derrida et Frege Marian Hobson Les logiques de Derrida Carlos Lobo Derrida fantôme Catherine Paoletti Derrida avant Derrida … Read more “To Think With Derrida Wherever He Is”