Günter Grass (1927-2015)

Though best known as a novelist, artist & polemicist, Grass was also a poet. A good obit here, an excellent article here & his last interview here in the Guardian. Salman Rushdie tweeted: “This is very sad. A true giant, inspiration, and friend. Drum for him, little Oskar.” (See also Rushdie’s piece in The New Yorker). I will reread some of the work, and watch Schlöndorf’s  film version of “The … Read more Günter Grass (1927-2015)

Richard Moore, Poet & Film-Maker (1920-2015)

Poet, film-maker, founding member of KPFA, yogi and much more, Richard Moore was associated with the San Francisco Poetry Renaissance. More details here & here for tributes. Below the just posted film with Robert Duncan and John  Wieners. Published on Mar 25, 2015 From the series USA: Poetry (1965) by Richard O. Moore

Assia Djebar (1936-2015)

Very sad to learn of Assia Djebar‘s passing: she was an amazing woman & a superb writer! Her novel Fantasia: An Algerian Cavalcade can stand with Kateb Yacine’s Nedjma as foundational text for Algerian post-colonial literature. In Poems for the Millennium vol.4 I published some of her work, including a poem I reprinted here on Nomadics a while back (“Poems for a Happy Algeria”). Below, a first obit by mlynxqualey via Arabic Literature(in English): … Read more Assia Djebar (1936-2015)

‘A Letter in My Purse’: From Slain Poet Shaimaa El-Sabbagh

BY MLYNXQUALEY on JANUARY 26, 2015 • ( 0 ) Shaimaa El-Sabbagh, the activist who was shot dead at a rally in Tahrir Square yesterday, was also a poet:A letter in my purse By Shaimaa El-Sabbagh, trans. Maged Zaher ————————– I am not sure Truly, she was nothing more than just a purse But when lost, there was a problem How to face the world without her Especially Because the streets … Read more ‘A Letter in My Purse’: From Slain Poet Shaimaa El-Sabbagh

Remembering a Pigeon

via Retort & Iain Boal: To: Retort From: GS [Geoffrey Sea sends us this dispatch from Ohio on the centenary of the extinction of the passenger pigeon. Martha was reputedly the ‘endling’, the last of her species, as most certainly Benjamin was the relict Tasmanian tiger, dying in Hobart Zoo on September 7th, 1936. John James Audubon, in 1813, describes his encounter with a flock of passenger pigeons, whose … Read more Remembering a Pigeon

Palestinian Poet Samih al-Qasim Dies at 75

Via the always excellent Arab Literature (in English): BY MLYNXQUALEY on AUGUST 20, 2014 • ( 4 ) I don’t like you, death But I’m not afraid of you And I know that my body is your bed And my spirit is your bed cover I know that your banks are narrow for me I don’t love you, death But I’m not afraid of you.–One of Samih al-Qasim’s final poemsBeloved Palestinian poet Samih al-Qasim died … Read more Palestinian Poet Samih al-Qasim Dies at 75