“Jonathan Williams: Lord of the Orchards”

Wish I could be at Scuppernong Books in Greensboro NC, for editor Jeffery Beams, and contributors Alex Albright, Thorns Craven, Neal Hutcheson, & Tom Patterson’ presentation of their excellent book Jonathan Williams: Lord of the Orchards on Thursday, March 15, 7pm. JW is one of the great neglectorino poets of the 2nd part of the 20C. One of the best ears & finest eye I know of. If you can’t be there get the … Read more “Jonathan Williams: Lord of the Orchards”

James Sherry’s Princely Oligarch

A most useful & thoughtful book, just out! (& James has a special offer which allows you to get the ebook for $15: use code PB2S17). Here is how the author describes his writing-through of Machiaveli’s classic: “This book uses the structure of Machiavelli’s The Prince to show how governance has changed over the last 500 years. If Machiavelli focuses on power concentrated in the hands of the republic or principalities, … Read more James Sherry’s Princely Oligarch

Leonard Schwartz’s “The New Babel: Toward a Poetics of the Mid-East Crises”

An interesting review of Leonard Schwartz’s book by Kathleen Eamon just appeared on the talisman website. Here the opening paragraphs, link to the full article below: Leonard Schwartz’s The New Babel: Toward a Poetics of the Mid-East Crises (The University of Arkansas Press 2016) is a timely book, emerging at a historical moment that its own capacious political vision lets us find internally related to the crises in question.  Much of it was written in the context … Read more Leonard Schwartz’s “The New Babel: Toward a Poetics of the Mid-East Crises”

Michael Peverett on Lee Harwood

Excellent essay on Lee Harwood at Intercapillary Space. Here’s the opening section: Six notes about Lee Harwood (while reading Penguin Modern Poets 19) by Michael Peverett 1. The English Channel Paul Nash, painting of Dymchurch sea-wall [Image source: from Cathy Lomax’s pretty wonderful blog: http://cathylomax.blogspot.co.uk/2013/08/paul-nash-and-dymchurch.html] Lee’s poems had about them a remarkable tone. They were ‘quiet’ compared to the work of the Americans I was reading, but they were … Read more Michael Peverett on Lee Harwood

Ingeborg Bachmann: Nobody has the Right to Appeal to the Victim

Reading, thinking and writing about Ingeborg Bachmann right now, while also thinking about the victims of terror and the misuse they are put to, here in this country and in France as well. So this morning I came across a posthumous prose fragment of Bachmann’s which I’d read in the 4-volume collected but now met again, insistently, in Françoise Rétif’s lovely, excellent, challenging book-length essay on I.B. (Ingeborg Bachmann, Editions … Read more Ingeborg Bachmann: Nobody has the Right to Appeal to the Victim

Fatema Mernissi (1940-2015)

Sad news this: Fatema Mernissi was a major voice for women inthe Maghreb over the years — I found that her books were also very useful to wake up my American students. Her memoir Dreams of Trespass: Tales of a Harem Girlhood is a must read. Thanks to Arab Literature (in English). BY MLYNXQUALEY on NOVEMBER 30, 2015 • ( 1 ) Born in 1940, in Fes, Mernissi was … Read more Fatema Mernissi (1940-2015)

Uri Avnery: The Reign of Absurdiocy

November 28, 2015 Writes Uri Avnery: There is no such thing as “international terrorism”. To declare war on “international terrorism” is nonsense. Politicians who do so are either fools or cynics, and probably both. Terrorism is a weapon. Like cannon. We would laugh at somebody who declares war on “international artillery”. A cannon belongs to an army, and serves the aims of that army. The cannon of one side … Read more Uri Avnery: The Reign of Absurdiocy


from: The White Review: A fascinating reflection on Celan and translation from Yōko Tawada, a Japanese writer currently living in Berlin, Germany who writes in both Japanese and German. I missed the piece when it first cam out in 2013, but very happy to have come across it now. Opening paras below, then click on “here.” THERE ARE SOME WHO CLAIM THAT ‘GOOD’ LITERATURE IS ACTUALLY untranslatable.  Before I could read … Read more YOKO TAWADA: CELAN READS JAPANESE

Stephen Kessler on Juan Felipe Herrera

This article was first published in the Santa Cruz Sentinel two days ago. America’s new ‘bard without borders’ Juan Felipe Herrera, California’s poet laureate, the son of migrant farmworkers, will be the next U.S. poet in chief. Riverside Press-Enterprise file By Stephen Kessler, Special to the Sentinel Juan Felipe Herrera, child of Mexican-American migrant workers, schooled at UCLA and Stanford, native Californian and outgoing state poet laureate, frequent visitor to … Read more Stephen Kessler on Juan Felipe Herrera