Under Siege in Damascus, ‘A Book Becomes A Person’s Best Friend’

via Arab Literature (in English): BY MLYNXQUALEY on MARCH 24, 2016 • ( 0 ) The BBC recently published an interview with an activist-librarian working in the suburbs of Damascus, identified only as Ahmed: The BBC reporter asked “Ahmed” why — when there is no food, no electricty, and no safety from shelling or barrel bombs — would people want a library. Ahmed answered: Even if you are hungry, and you … Read more Under Siege in Damascus, ‘A Book Becomes A Person’s Best Friend’

Finnegan’s List 2016: Anton Shammas and Sinan Antoon on What We Should Translate Now

via the always excellent Arab Literature (in English) BY MLYNXQUALEY on JANUARY 8, 2016 • ( 0 ) The European Society of Authors has released its 2016 “Finnegan’s List.” Launched in 2011, Finnegan’s provides an “annual list of under-translated or forgotten works”: The two authors this year focusing on works in Arabic are the novelists Sinan Antoon and Anton Shammas. These two, along with eight others, have seleceted three titles that make … Read more Finnegan’s List 2016: Anton Shammas and Sinan Antoon on What We Should Translate Now

My 2015 Booklist

In no specific order & given my reading habits I can’t keep it to a clean or dirty dozen, nor to one language: Nathaniel Mackey, Blue Fasa (NDP) Emilio Villa, The Selected Poetry of Emilio Villa, translated by Dominic Siracusa (Contra Mundum Press) Anne-Laure Amilhat Szary, Qu’est-ce qu’une frontière aujourd’hui?  (puf) Emily Critchley, Out of Everywhere 2: linguistically innovative poetry by women in north america and the uk (Reality … Read more My 2015 Booklist

Reality Street Editions 2016: Fisher & Griffiths: A Must!

In 2016 Reality Street will be publishing just two (big) titles, wrapping up two (big) projects. Allen Fisher‘s Gravity as a consequence of shape was a large and complex poetic project begun in 1982 and completed about two decades later. Most of it has been published in one form or another – but now Reality Street will be bringing together the complete text in one volume (much as we … Read more Reality Street Editions 2016: Fisher & Griffiths: A Must!

CMP’s Great Jean-Luc Godard Project

Godard, Phrases from Giovanni Piacenza on Vimeo. To raise funds to complete a Jean-Luc Godard publication to be translated by Stuart Kendall. Contra Mundum Film New York, New York United States 1 Team Member Contact • See More Details Short Summary Contra Mundum Press (CMP) is seeking support for the remainder of printing costs and marketing expenses for a series of five books by Jean-Luc Godard to be translated … Read more CMP’s Great Jean-Luc Godard Project

Hudson Opera House Poetry Reading

  Hudson Opera House New Reading Series! Pierre Joris and Brenda Coultas Sunday, September 13, 5pm  | Book Signing and reception to follow Free and open to the public 327 Warren St. Hudson, NY 12534 (518) 822-1438 info@hudsonoperahouse.org Join series curator Tamas Panitz, and poets Pierre Joris and Brenda Coultas this Sunday at the Hudson Opera House!  Although born and raised in Luxembourg, Pierre Joris is an internationally recognized poet who, … Read more Hudson Opera House Poetry Reading

Paul Celan and the Meaning of Language — An Interview with Pierre Joris

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

PJ & NP: On The Road Again…

…SAN FRANCISCO, OAKLAND, MINNEAPOLIS, PRINCETON, NYC, SETE, MARSEILLES, BARJOLS, AIX-EN-PROVENCE, PARIS… Our next four months are filled with truly exciting performances, readings, screenings, collaborations, book launches, art shows & we sure are looking forward to see you here or there. Meanwhile, thank you for your support & happy spring — keep in touch! Nicole & Pierre SAN-FRANCISCO Wednesday, March 18  7PM Breathturn Into Timestead: The Collected Later Poetry of Paul Celan with poet-translator Pierre … Read more PJ & NP: On The Road Again…

Eight Years Later, Mutanabbi Street

BY MLYNXQUALEY on FEBRUARY 1, 2015 • ( 0 ) The battle over memories and representations of Iraq in US discourse rages, not just writ large, as in the discussions over American Sniper, but also in individual spaces, like Baghdad’s central bookselling corridor:  In the American news, the usual way of remembering/forgetting the bombing that rocked Baghdad’s Mutanabbi Street in 2007 seems to be ever-present feature stories about the street’s “resurrection”: January 2009 in USA Today, April … Read more Eight Years Later, Mutanabbi Street

George Hunka on Celan

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