Artist to Re-Create Destroyed Buddhas

Thought the AP article below, from Yahoo News, (to which Jerry Rothenberg drew my attention) would be of interest. Not sure myself about the project : on the one hand it is a fascinating attempt at low-impact, socially conscious art, on the other I have a feeling that that much high-tech could be viewed & felt like a massive imposition on the people & the place. By SOLVEJ SCHOU, … Read more Artist to Re-Create Destroyed Buddhas


For today, a poem by Töge Sankichi (1912-1953) from the book Poems of the Atomic Bomb, to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the nuclear destruction of Hiroshima, reprinted here from Jerome Rothenberg & Pierre Joris’ anthology Poems for the Millennium, vol. 2: On the morning of August 6, 1945, at home in a part of town more than three kilometers from Ground Zero, I was just about to set … Read more Dying

…& for those friends in NYC

Subject: [bspg-sbu] 60th Anniversry Atomic Bombings, Interfaith Gathering On Friday, August 5, from 6:30 pm to 9:30pm, The New York BuddhistChurch and the Riverside Church will co-sponsor an Interfaith PeaceGathering. This year makes the 60th Anniversary of the atomicbombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. As violence and wars continue inthe world, it is important to stress peace and harmony, that therebe no more Hiroshimas, no more Nagasakis, and no more … Read more …& for those friends in NYC

& back in Dallas, the Veterans for Peace…

It may be August in southern France, the weather nearly at “beau fixe,” but we can’t get out from under what’s going on in the world — this morning emails brings the latest of Dahr Jamail’s Iraq dispatches, which I think is useful reading on the day before the 60th anniversary of Hiroshima. ** Dahr Jamail’s Iraq Dispatches **** ** August 05, 2005 “What Have We Done?” As … Read more & back in Dallas, the Veterans for Peace…

Meanwhile, back in Buffalo, where Steven Kurtz…

Here is a recent article published by Stan Cox on AlterNet concerning the ongoing saga of the Critical Art Ensemble’s Steven Kurtz’ federal indictment for “bioterrorism” — now reduced to “mail fraud.” The $256 Question By Stan Cox, AlterNet. Posted July 25, 2005. By prosecuting Steven Kurtz and Robert Ferrell, is the Justice Department trying to clamp a lid on political art or looking to chalk up a win … Read more Meanwhile, back in Buffalo, where Steven Kurtz…

more from "The Gift of Emptyness"

Here are a few more translations from Mohammed Bennis’s collection Le Don du Vide: RINGS Anchor the air to the rings of the doorsor to the ruins of the praisesThe sea fulfills youYour depth is blueYour hand wetis desireor elseyou do not exist * * * IMPURITY This is my body I meet itit emerges wet from the pure thingand from the hollow of the wordsI see myself doing … Read more more from "The Gift of Emptyness"

Ernst Jandl

Ernst Jandl (1925-2000), the great Austrian (sound/concrete, etc.) poet, would have been eighty today. The German daily, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, reminds of us the occasion and brings some unpublished poems, the following among them: “diese gedichte können, da es vorzüglichgedichte zur bewältigung des Lebens sind,in jeder beliebigen reihenfolge von Ihnengelesen werden, verehrte lederriemenund leser.” FAZ also published a moving piece by his life-companion, the poet Friederike Mayröcker: “This morning … Read more Ernst Jandl

State of Siege

It is, I believe, worth reminding us every so often of the scandal the major lack of translations of poetry (& other literary writing) in the US represents. This lack, I have noticed over the years, is especially glaring when it comes to contemporary Arab literature. So one of the first things I do when I get to Europe is to hit my favorite bookstore (Toulouse’s Ombres Blanches, better … Read more State of Siege

Artaud & Rodez, Proposal for a Monument

For me Rodez has always been linked to Antonin Artaud — & his stay in the mental institution down in the plain around the hilltop city from 1943 to 1946. Nicole remembered that a few years back there had been an exhibition of Artaud material in connection with his stay in the town, so I thought it would be easy enough to locate something — even if only some … Read more Artaud & Rodez, Proposal for a Monument