Planetary boundaries: Interactions in the Earth system amplify human impacts

Press Release by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research 16/12/2019 What we do to one part of our Earth system does not just add to what we do to other parts – transgressing one planetary boundary can amplify human impacts on another one. For the first time, an international team of scientists now quantified some of the planetary-scale interactions in the Earth system. These biophysical interactions have in … Read more Planetary boundaries: Interactions in the Earth system amplify human impacts

A City Full of Voices

Essays on the Work of Robert Kelly Robert Kelly is one of the major and most prolific American poets of our time. Between 1961 when his first collection, Armed Descent, was published by Hawk’s Well Press, and Seaspel, brought out in 2019 by Lunar Chandelier Collective, Kelly has published some 66+ books of poetry as well as 14 volumes of prose, including novels, short stories, & essays. A City Full of Voices is the … Read more A City Full of Voices

Scorpionic Sun by Mohamed Khaïr-Eddine

Poetry | Mohammed Khaïr-Eddine, translated by Conor Bracken | September 2019 & with a preface by Pierre Joris Cleveland State Poetry Center 978-1-880834-38-1 124 pgs Release Date September 10, 2019  from my Preface: From the start I located MKE in a constellation of poet-workers in the French language that lit & linked my night sky across the Atlantic: two in France itself (though both fierce travelers through much of … Read more Scorpionic Sun by Mohamed Khaïr-Eddine

Against Erasure: Art and Sudan’s Sit-in

& once again via & thanks to the great work ArabLit is doing: JUNE 15, 2019 More than 100 people were killed and hundreds injured in the government’s June 3 attack on a sit-in in Khartoum, where protesters were gathered to demand justice, accountability, and choice in their future governance. The sit-in site had also been a site for art: By Lemya Shammat Before it was brutally stormed at … Read more Against Erasure: Art and Sudan’s Sit-in

Initiated instability in West Antarctica might be the fastest on the continent

Press Release by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research 13/06/2019 All around the Antarctic coastline there are ice sheet instabilities waiting to be triggered. If this happens ice flows inexorably into the ocean and raises sea levels worldwide. The one region where instability likely has already been initiated by a warming of the ocean is probably the region which collapses faster than any other, find scientists from the … Read more Initiated instability in West Antarctica might be the fastest on the continent

In Celebration of Amjad Nasser, a Poet Who ‘Mourns Himself While Still Alive’

Via the always excellent ArabLit came the news this morning of Amjad Nasser’s illness. I met him many years ago, in Paris, & he & his writing were immediately very close to me. It was he who sent me a xerox of the out-of-print English translation of Niffari’s Book of Stations, a sufi concept — the station, the maw’qif — that would become essential to a core aspect of my … Read more In Celebration of Amjad Nasser, a Poet Who ‘Mourns Himself While Still Alive’

12 (Auto)biographical Narratives by Algerian Women

via ArabLit, A list of life-writing by Algerian women that’s worth reading: By Hiyem Cheurfa After ArabLit’s list of 12 Must-read Memoirs in Arabic, I proposed a similar list of (auto)biographical texts by Algerian women, whose contribution to the genre has often been critically obscured. The following list, which I have compiled with the help of my fellow Twitter users, comprises twelve narratives by Algerian women that I think are … Read more 12 (Auto)biographical Narratives by Algerian Women

Dareen Tatour’s Appeal Partially Accepted: Poem Is Not a Crime

via Arabic Literature and Translation Yesterday’s battle in Nazareth District Court was a victory for artistic expression but not for free speech, when charges against Dareen Tatour’s poem “Resist, My People, Resist Them” were overturned, but those for her Facebook posts were upheld: The ruling came yesterday, May 16, in the district court in Nazareth. Shortly after winning the appeal, Tatour re-posted the poem on Facebook. The ruling came three and half … Read more Dareen Tatour’s Appeal Partially Accepted: Poem Is Not a Crime

Arcana: A Stephen Jonas Reader

  Tam my mail carrier knocked at the door today at 1:14 p.m. & handed me — finally, finally, finally! — a book I have looked forward to for many years now: Arcana A Stephen Jonas Reader Edited by Garrett Caples, Derek Fenner, David Rich, Joseph Torra Introduction by Joseph Torra Afterword by David Rich I have known about Jonas since he was brought to my attention in the … Read more Arcana: A Stephen Jonas Reader

Billie Chernicoff: On Robert Kelly’s “Seaspel”

On Robert Kelly’s Seaspel (Lunar Chandelier Collective, 2019) How does he do it, I’ve wondered of every one of Robert Kelly’s books, and I still have no answer. You can’t parse miracles, only witness them.  A mosaic formed by shells of perception, the poet says about Seaspel, the latest in a series of book length poems he has written, one each year over a summer month, on the island … Read more Billie Chernicoff: On Robert Kelly’s “Seaspel”