Fascinating review of Cole Swensen and David St. John’s American Hybrid anthology by Peter Riley in the British Fortnightly Review; first paras below: IT CAN BE very difficult dealing as a reviewer with a body of poetry with which you feel you have been involved. This anthology collects poets mostly active from the 1990s to the present, with a few senior figures added, in what most people would recognise as a … Read more Peter Riley Reviews American Hybrid
So here I was, barely set up in my Pyrenean retreat, the lousy Euro-weather just beginning to switch to summer warmth, when, whamm! here come the 750+ page proofs for Poems for the Millennium, Volume 4: The University of California Book of North African Literature. They’ll keep me busy until I return to NYC (I’ll holiday there, then…) The great news in all this is, of course, that the anthology is … Read more A Wonderful Way of Having My Holidays Spoiled!
A letter from Kimberley Lyons: Dear friends, Please click on the link and choose video diary link in the text to watch Jonas Mekas, with help of Vyt Bakaitis, herald the excluded works from a new anthology from Penguin.
An interesting review of 4X1 on Through the Skylight blog: The Future of Antithologies and the Joris Example Posted on March 6, 2012 by Daniel With poetry anthologies always determined by geography, genre, genus, gender, or group dynamics, it’s a joy to come across one that presents an odd assemblage of writers and unseen connections. In 4 X 1 Pierre Joris, a Luxembourgian now residing in America, presents a strange cross-cultural, multilingual, quasi-temporal grouping that at first … Read more Review of 4X1
Clayton Eshleman sent the following list of important 20th century American poets missing from the recent Rita Dove edited Penguin Anthology of Twentieth Century American Poetry. As I know very well for having committed a few anthologies myself, exclusions are not only inevitable but also necessary: it is often who the editor leaves out that says more about where the editor is coming from or heading toward than the simple list … Read more Missing from Dove Anthology
Finally have internet in the mountains of the Pyrenees (the village of Bourg d’Oueil, to be precise) & can try to get back to some normalcy of blogging. Working right now — as I’ve been doing for some two years now! — on the Maghrib anthology. Here are two poems by the Mauritanian poet Djibril Sall (born in the town of Rosso in 1939), translated from Sall’s French this … Read more Two Poems by Djibril Sall
Salah Garmadi (1933 – 1982) OUR ANCESTORS THE BEDUINS they are here no one can deny them no slogan can efface them they are the inherited majority depth coiled in maghrebian palms leaves untamable root the Moroccans still keep watch over the Tunisian street the Tunisians still fry doughnuts for the children of Bejaïa in Constantine a man of the people offered a sheep’s head and declared we are one … Read more from the “Diwan Ifrikiya” anthology: Salah Garmadi
The latest installment of the English edition of the Bengali online literary magazine Kaurab has an lovely interview of Jerome Rothenberg by Mark Weiss as well as an excellent review of volume one of Poems for the Millennium by Tyrone Williams (oh, btw Tyrone, your inklings re Faber & Faber hit the nail on the head). Extracts of these can be read below. Kaurab is generally excellent — a … Read more Kaurab Magazine: Rothenberg Interview & Millennium Anthology Review