Uri Avnery:     Cry, Beloved Country

December 23, 2017 ANYONE PROPOSING the death penalty is either a complete fool, an incorrigible cynic or mentally disturbed – or all of these. There is no effective therapy for any of these defects. I wouldn’t even try. A fool would not understand the overwhelming evidence for the conclusion. For a cynic, advocacy of the death penalty is a proven votecatcher. A mentally disturbed person derives pleasure from the … Read more Uri Avnery:     Cry, Beloved Country

HEINRICH BÖLL

Böll — Nobel Prize in Literature in 1972 — would have turned 100 yesterday, & if the German papers are honoring him, though with rather distant & at times skeptical homages, internationally there doesn’t seem to be much noise about this centennial. A forgotten writer? He who was maybe the first contemporary prose writer I & my school mates enthused about, age 12/13, in high school when we read … Read more HEINRICH BÖLL

PJ on Black Mountain College in French

In June I recorded a talk about Black Mountain College (broadcast in early July) for France-Culture in the context of Charles Dantzig’s program “Le Secret professionel.” You can listen to it here:   Pierre Joris, écrivain et poète, nous guide au Black Mountain College pour découvrir le secret de cet établissement de Caroline du Nord, méconnu en France, qui a vu passer Robert Rauschenberg, Merce Cunningham, ou encore John … Read more PJ on Black Mountain College in French

19 Arab Authors on Their Favorite Reads of 2017

Via Arab Literature (in English) & BY MLYNXQUALEY on DECEMBER 20, 2017 • ( 0 ) Each year, ArabLit knocks on the doors of a range of Arab novelists, poets, and memoirists, asking for their favorite reads os 2017. This year’s list was co-edited and -translated by Mahmoud Hosny and M Lynx Qualey: Salim Barakat (Syrian-Kurdish poet and novelist) I didn’t get many books this year. So I reread:  … Read more 19 Arab Authors on Their Favorite Reads of 2017

Uri Avnery on Jerusalem & Trump

excepted from From Barak to Trump, this  week’s installment of Avnery’s newsletter: Palestinians, and Arabs at large, do have deep feelings and convictions. They are a proud people. They still remember the times when Muslims were incomparably more advanced than the barbarian Europeans. To be treated like dirt by the US president and his Jewish entourage hurts them deeply, and may lead to a disturbance in our region that no … Read more Uri Avnery on Jerusalem & Trump

Marcel Kurpershoek on Translating 18th-century Nabati Poetry That Still ‘Smells Like Fresh Bread’ Parts 1 & 2

Via Arab Literature (in English) & BY MLYNXQUALEY on DECEMBER 4, 2017 • ( 0 ) Marcel Kurpershoek, editor-translator of Hmedan al-Shweʿir’s Arabian Satire: Poetry from 18th Century Najd, first became acquainted with Nabati poetry in the 1980s, while working as a diplomat in Saudi Arabia, and soon was drawn to the diwan of Hmedan, “maybe the No. 1 poet” in the Nabati tradition. Kurpershoek, currently a senior research … Read more Marcel Kurpershoek on Translating 18th-century Nabati Poetry That Still ‘Smells Like Fresh Bread’ Parts 1 & 2

“Climate-Neutral Living in Berlin” kick-off:

Press release by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research 11/30/2017 : Reducing personal CO2 footprints in a living lab 100 households, 365 days: Starting this December, private households in the German capital will be testing what climate action means in everyday life in the project “Climate-Neutral Living in Berlin” (Klimaneutral Leben in Berlin – KliB). From families with children to partnerships, flat-sharing communities or singles – for one … Read more “Climate-Neutral Living in Berlin” kick-off:

Kareem James Abu-Zeid Wins NEA Fellowship for Retranslation of ‘Hanging Poems’

Excellent news, as we can really use a new translation of what are the founding poems of Arab culture, predating the Quran, & as the story goes, called “the hanging ones” because sewn into cloth hangings that adorned the Kaaba in Mecca until the Quran displaced them. Poems — odes, or better qasidas — of great formal complexity, very difficult to translate, indeed: I tried my hand at it … Read more Kareem James Abu-Zeid Wins NEA Fellowship for Retranslation of ‘Hanging Poems’

Potsdam Institute: “The world is in a coal trap”

The negotiations at the UN Climate Change Conference and the exploratory talks in Berlin on forming a new government are about to be concluded. On this issue, Ottmar Edenhofer, Chief Economist of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impacts Research (PIK) and Director of the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC): “The world is in a coal trap – and the UN Climate Change Conference has … Read more Potsdam Institute: “The world is in a coal trap”

DomoPoetics Page

As follow-up on Nicole Peyrafitte’s & my performances/readings/installations at the Galerie Simoncini in Luxembourg, we have created a page that will gather the materials of our domopoetics collaborations. You can check it out by clicking HERE, it will lead you to a range of visual documents on the events & starts with this video: Peyrafitte/Joris Domopoetic Works at Galerie Simoncini Oct 2017 from Tawil Productions on Vimeo.