by Holly Young for Spex magazine Behrouz Boochani has written his latest book through text messages from a detention camp in the South Pacific – and was awarded Australia’s richest literary accolade for it. In an exclusive interview over phone he condemns the country’s immigration policy. And talks about the power of writing. For a German version of this article, please click here Over recent years writing has both put … Read more Behrouz Boochani: “This is the deepest form of violence in the world“
VIA VIKING ON CLIMATE CHANGE DENIAL AND THE RESURGENCE OF CARBON-FUELED IDEOLOGY April 11, 2018 By William T. Vollmann In the time when I lived, it was still possible to meet Americans who disbelieved in global warming, although the ones I knew became shyer and rarer in about 2013. In 2016, they helped elect Donald Trump president, upon which their various carbon ideologies naturally came roaring back. “We sure need a … Read more WILLIAM T. VOLLMAN: WHAT IF THE LEFTWING HOAXERS ARE RIGHT?
Canto Diurno, my Selected Poems (1972-2012) in French (translations coordinated by Jean Portante) and with a foreword by Charles Bernstein, was published this month by Le Castor Astral in their “Les Passeurs d’Inuits” series. Many thanks to Jean Portante, Jean-Yves Reuzeau, Jacques Darras & Charles Bernstein for their invaluable contributions. Here, an extract of Charles Bernstein’s foreword: Pierre Joris’s Cantos Diurno are never solemn, but they acknowledge the “darkness that … Read more Just Out: “Canto Diurno”!
Very pleased to be back in New York, despite all — & find my copy of Ashraf Fayadh’s Instructions Within, translated by Mona Kareem (with Mona Zaki & Jonathan Wright) & published by the operating system. And what a rare occasion it is, design-wise: the parti pris of choosing to print this bilingual (Arab-English) edition the way Arabic is read & printed, i.e. from right to left. Also happy to have … Read more Just Out: Ashraf Fayadh’s Instructions Within
Above right: Paul Celan, passport photo Breathturn into Timestead: The Collected Later Poetry of Paul Celan A Bilingual Edition Translated and with Commentary by Pierre Joris Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 736 pages,ISBN-10: 0374125988 Doug Valentine with Pierre Joris Paul Celan and the Meaning of Language An Interview with Pierre Joris There is great pleasure to be found in Paul Celan’s poetry. His dazzling neologisms (“wordwall”, “smokethin”, “icethorn”) … Read more Paul Celan and the Meaning of Language — An Interview with Pierre Joris
New books: Paul Celan Paul Celan remains one of the most significant poets of the twentieth century. The two great poems of his early career, “Death Fugue” (circa 1945) and “Stretto” (1958), were respectively informed, if not inspired, by the Holocaust and the detonation of the atomic bomb. His body of work was a response, if not a riposte, to Adorno’s speculation that poetry was impossible in the wake … Read more George Hunka on Celan
!OUT NOW! It is no exaggeration to suggest that Robert Kelly may well be America’s most prolific poet, and certainly one of the most singular and ceaselessly innovative writers the country produced in the 2nd part of the past century. To date, he has published more than 70 books of poetry and fiction — books that reveal a breathtaking range, from freshly minted trobar clus and contemporized sonnet forms, … Read more A Voice Full of Cities: The Collected Essays of Robert Kelly
On Saturday, presentation of the yearly Big Showcase Opening Reading at Poets House. An amazing amount of new poetry books & their presses are represented in the exhibit. At the multiform reading I recorded (from half way down the house, on iphone, so quality is less than great) Leornard Schwartz’s offerings from his recent book At Element (Talisman House 2011). Here’s an audio extract: [audio:http://www.pierrejoris.com/blog/audio/Schwartz-Sleep.mp3]
…that starts tomorrow will celebrate Cartographies of the In-Between, the book of essays on my work that Peter Cockelbergh edited. Alas, I cannot be in Prague, though I will do a reading — presented live by Peter Cockelbergh who is right now in the train from Brussels to Prague — tomorrow at 6p.m. local time via a Skype videocast that will be screened at Klub K4 in the good city of Prague.
This announcement in from Literatura Pragensia some time ago: PIERRE JORIS CARTOGRAPHIES OF THE IN-BETWEEN ed. Peter Cockelbergh ISBN TBA (paperback) 300pp Publication date: December 2011 Price: € 12.00 (not including postage) Pierre Joris’s work is known to many and in many guises, but nevertheless seems to slip through the mazes of American, British, French, North African, Luxemburgish and German secondary literature. Long overdue, this volume brings together … Read more Cartographies of the In-Between