Happy Hundredth Hrabal!

Today is the 100th B-day of the great Czech writer Bohumil Hrabal (1914-1997) &, by a quirk Hrabal would have approved of, yesterday the post man brought Hrabal’s Harlequin’s Millions, translated by Stacey Knecht & published by that ever excellent press, Archipelago Books. One of the most subversive figures of Czech — actually of East European, & even plainly of European mi-century literature — Hrabal is the ultimate gabber, … Read more Happy Hundredth Hrabal!

Five Years After the Cast Lead Operation: ‘Gaza Writes Back’

Originally posted by Arabic Literature (in English): by mlynxqualey It was five years ago that Cast Lead began. Now a book of short stories, Gaza Writes Back, marks the anniversary. The book’s editor, Refaat Alareer, answers questions about the collection:  ArabLit: How did the idea for this collection come about? How did you put out the call for submissions? Did you tell the writers it was to commemorate Cast Lead? … Read more Five Years After the Cast Lead Operation: ‘Gaza Writes Back’

RD is Back!

On the last day before I left for Europe earlier this month, the mailman brought a gorgeous 869 page book: Robert Duncan — The Collected Later Poems and Plays, edited and with an introduction by Peter Quartermain (University of California Press). Could I somehow stash it in my luggage with all the other books I had to lug to Europe & back. Hold it in my hand? Clamp it … Read more RD is Back!

Mircea Cărtărescu & “Blinding” in Brooklyn

Wish I could be there (but am stuck in California)!  TONIGHT: Mircea Cărtărescu & Eric Banks at Community Bookstore   Dear Friends, We hope you’ll join us tonight in welcoming Mircea Cărtărescu, bestselling Romanian author of BLINDING, a kaleidoscopic novel tracing a man’s life, from his memories of traveling circuses, zombie armies, American fighter pilots, the underground jazz scene of New Orleans, to the installation of the Communist regime. Cărtărescu will appear … Read more Mircea Cărtărescu & “Blinding” in Brooklyn

Nicole Peyrafitte’s “Bi-Valve”….

…is out! (Available via SPD here.) Writes her publisher: Enter vulvic space through Pyrenean caves & sacred stones, feel the wind & smell the shells of the Verrazano Narows. Bi-Valve is a tri-lingual sonic unfolding of Nicole Peyrafitte’s paintings, poems and vocals. Accompanied by jazz virtuoso Michael Bisio, Peyrafitte enters a geo-psychic knowledge that pulses with materiality. “…I am a resistant / multilingual migratory bi-valve/ with eyes   lens   retina.” … Read more Nicole Peyrafitte’s “Bi-Valve”….

Today In NYC! Come & Hear! BURNING CITY!

Mar 14, 2013, 6:30pm | English Lounge (Room 4406) Burning City: Poems of Metropolitan Modernity Jed Rasula, Josh Schneiderman “The fascination of cities,” wrote Langston Hughes, “seizes me, burning like a fever in the blood.” In their new anthology Burning City: Poems of Metropolitan Modernity (2012), Jed Rasula and Tim Conley reshape the poetic landscape of modernism, collecting poems inspired by Paris, Cracow, Buenos Aires and many other urban … Read more Today In NYC! Come & Hear! BURNING CITY!

Translating Shakespeare’s Sonnets

My copy of The Sonnets just arrived. Lovely, lovely production & a really great enterprise!  The Sonnets, edited by the founding editors of the translation journal Telephone, Shamila Cohen and Paul Legault, pairs 154 poet-translators with each of Shakespeare’s 154 sonnets — literally rewriting history, or at least the great Bard’s poetic oeuvre. This collection of English-to-English “translations” includes work by Rae Armantrout, Mary Jo Bang, Jen Bervin, Paul … Read more Translating Shakespeare’s Sonnets

Happy Birthday, Robert Duncan!

Come & celebrate RD’s Birthday on Wednesday, January 9, 2013 8 p.m.  St. Mark’s Church  | 131 E. 10th Street, New York, NY 10003 — There will be cake in the shape of the cosmos.— With the recent releases of Duncan’s H.D. Book, the first volume of his Collected Poems & Plays and Lisa Jarnot’s excellent Robert Duncan: The Ambassador From Venus, A Biography, we wanted to take the opportunity to celebrate Duncan’s 94th birthday (b. … Read more Happy Birthday, Robert Duncan!

The Maghrebi anthology …

…or the book Habib Tengour & I kept referring to as Diwan Iffrikyia all the years we worked on it, & that UCP calls The University of California Book of North African Literature, has now its Amazon site, which does allow you to check out the table of contents and read some (20%, they say) of the texts while waiting for the copies to arrive (any day now! — though probably no longer … Read more The Maghrebi anthology …

Diwan Iffrikyia is Here!

Poems for the Millennium, Volume Four: The University of California Book of North African Literature Pierre Joris (Editor), Habib Tengour (Editor) order HERE In this fourth volume of the landmark Poems for the Millennium series, Pierre Joris and Habib Tengour present a comprehensive anthology of the written and oral literatures of the Maghreb, the region of North Africa that spans the modern nation states of Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, and Mauritania, and including a section … Read more Diwan Iffrikyia is Here!