Peter Riley is a poet & commentator whose work I follow with much pleasure & gain. His latest column for the Fortnightly Review is available HERE & here is how Peter describes it: It concerns poets pulled or self-propelled part-way or more towards the “advanced poetry” climate in UK, especially its ex-Cambridge (anti-lyric) flavour, set against a poet from quite elsewhere who by cultivating the history of an interceding … Read more On UK lyric, anti-lyric, and political poetry.
From: Retort / Via: PB [John Banville, Irish master stylist and crusader against vivisection, reviews TJ Clark‘s Picasso and Truth: From Cubism to Guernica (Princeton UP, 2013). Banville grasps why this book should be read alongside Franco [Moretti]’s The Bourgeois (Verso, 2013). Between them they anatomize the quietus of the class and its comforts – the burgers and Bohemians – who made the 19th century their home. IB] A True Picture of Picasso … Read more T.J. Clark’s Picasso
Here is Kevin Ring’s review in the UK magazine Beat Scene of a book I think of as one of the most important of the year: This really isn’t little history but a very big history that Ammiel Alcalay takes on. Stemming from Charles Olson’s resignation from his position at the Office of War Information’s Language Section, in a time when Olson was an unrecognised poet. Olson was dismayed … Read more Ammiel Alcalay’s A Little History Reviewed
Beatriz Leal Riesco reviews Poems for the Millennium, Volume Four: The University of California Book of North African Literature Edited by Pierre Joris and Habib Tengour (University of California Press, 2013) To bring together for the first time for the English-speaking public a broad range of texts from North Africa, ranging from ancient myths from the oral tradition to the most cutting-edge of contemporary poetry, has been the signal achievement … Read more Asymptote Review of Millennium Vol IV
Been on the road for readings for nearly a week, thus no posts. Old friend Bill Sherman had sent me a review of the two Dorn reviews plus his own takes on the Dorn, which he graciously gave me permission to repost here on Nomadics — which I’ll do, as I catch my breath & sort out next week (which will culminate in an Occitan poetry & music performance … Read more Bill Sherman On Ed Dorn’s Collected
There’s an excellent review (& more) of Ed Dorn’s Collected Poems by Iain Sinclair in the current issue of the London Review of Book. Below the opening paragraph. Unhappily you need to be a subscriber (& that’s a worthwhile thing to be, see below) to have full access (or pick up a paper copy in a good bookshop) See also Peter Riley’s review, here: Dysfunctional Troglodytes with Mail-Order Weaponry … Read more Iain Sinclair on Ed Dorn
The second part of Peter Riley’s reveiw of Ed Dorn’s Collected just cam eout in the Fortnightly Review. Below, the opening paras, for the whole piece, click here. The relentless fury of Ed Dorn 2. A Fortnightly Review of Collected Poems Edward Dorn Edited with a preface by Jennifer Dunbar Dorn Carcanet Press 2012 | 1023pp. | $40.00 £25.00 Two Interviews Edward Dorn Edited by Gavin Selerie and Justin … Read more Peter Riley on Ed Dorn’s Collected 2.
That lethal all-American gun pathology has obviously been on my mind these last weeks. Two expressions from long ago kept coming back: “triggernometry” and “persuasive lips” — eventually they brought me back to Eric Mottram’s 1976 essay, “The Persuasive Lips” which opened his excellent 1989 collection of cultural criticism essays called Blood on the Nash Ambassador (long out of print, though cheap & decent copies can still be found via … Read more Eric Mottram on Triggernometry
When I think of Jean Bollack — philologist, philosopher, hermeneut, translator, commentator, friend to Paul Celan & irritant to many — the first word that comes to mind is “décrasser,” a French term that means to clean, to scrub or more powerfully, to scour, even dip into a bath of acid to remove the accumulated gangue of lazy thought & language. He did this mostly to the Greek tragedies and the pre-socratic … Read more Jean Bollack (1923-2012)