Lambert Schlechter's "Literary Miniature" of Paul Celan

This morning my good friend, the Luxembourg writer Lambert Schlechter, sent via facebook a small text from his “Literary Miniatures” series as a parallel or coincident response to my Celan translation posted here yesterday. Here is Lambert’s text in my quick translation. This is #2 in the series: PAUL CELAN In 1948, Marie-Luise Kaschnitz resides for a time at the abbey of Royaumont in the company of other authors: … Read more Lambert Schlechter's "Literary Miniature" of Paul Celan

Freud for All

Since yesterday, the works of Sigmund Freud have entered the public domain — I am not sure that the publishing world is in a feeding frenzy over here in Anglosaxonia, though in France, Libération made a big spiel about the fact that now there are at least 2 French versions of Totem and Taboo, 3 of Civilization and its Discontents (at least one of which uses “Culture” rather than … Read more Freud for All

Boxing Day 09 Favorite Books List

& the winner (aka my favorite favorite book of the year) is: Kenneth Irby THE INTENT ON Collected Poems, 1962- 2006 672 pages; hardcover; gorgeous Thorpe Feidt painting on cover; designed by Jonathan Greene; $40. North Atlantic Books Poetry Douglas Rothschild, Theogony. subpress. Dave Brinks, The Caveat Onus, meditations. Black Widow Press. kari edwards, Bharat jiva. Belladodonna/Litmus. Jerome Rothenberg, Gematria Complete. Marick Press. Stacy Szymaszek, Hyperglossia, Litmus Press. Robert Kelly, … Read more Boxing Day 09 Favorite Books List

Robert Kelly on Brooklyn (2)

CITY AS PILGRIMAGE (continued…) East:  Sunrise, the highway to the book I would set out, down the four steps cement steps of Mrs. Shevlin’s house where we rented our apartment, cross the little cement patio, turn left. Pass the stoop where Loretta sometimes stood, the Polish girl next door, innocent slinky and pretty and sad with acne.  Pass the ever-open Italian social and athletic club where old men, never … Read more Robert Kelly on Brooklyn (2)

Robert Kelly on Brooklyn (1)

CITY AS PILGRIMAGE by Robert Kelly You don’t live in a city. You live across it.  Or athwart it, or through it.  You live through a city, and the routes of your travel are mapped by your own compulsions, infatuations, dreads.  Your sense of identity,  your sense of the task that lies before you, your work, the enterprise that the city will shape.  Your whole nature inscribes a Milky … Read more Robert Kelly on Brooklyn (1)

Just out: Nicole Brossard by Nicole Brossard

Just published by the University of California Press in the Poets for the Millennium series: Nicole Brossard Selections by Nicole Brossard Introduction by Jennifer Moxley Poets for the Millennium, 7 A Simpson Book in the Humanities $55.00, £37.95 hardcover 9780520261075 Available Now $22.95, £15.95 paperback 9780520261082 Available Now 252 pages, 5-1/2 x 8-1/4 inches, 15 b/w photographs January 2010, Available worldwide Also in: Women’s Studies “Pleasure,” Jennifer Moxley writes in … Read more Just out: Nicole Brossard by Nicole Brossard

Kenneth Irby: The Intent On

Kenneth Irby THE INTENT ON Collected Poems, 1962- 2006 672 pages; hardcover; gorgeous Thorpe Feidt painting on cover; excellently designed by Jonathan Greene; $40 from North Atlantic Books This is a book I have been waiting for for many years now and finally, finally it is here: the Collected Poems of Ken Irby, one of our major neglectorinos (to use that word again) — essentially one of our very … Read more Kenneth Irby: The Intent On

Herta Müller's Nobel Lecture

Here is the opening of Herta Müller — the 2009 Nobel Prize for Literature —’s acceptance speech. You can read the whole lecture here. December 7, 2009 Every word knows something of a vicious circle DO YOU HAVE A HANDKERCHIEF was the question my mother asked me every morning, standing by the gate to our house, before I went out onto the street. I didn’t have a handkerchief. And … Read more Herta Müller's Nobel Lecture

George Fragopoulos On Mahmoud Darwish

One of the better essays on the work of Mahmoud Darwish in this country was recently published in The Quarterly Conversation on-line magazine. I am reproducing a section of the essay below; you can read the full essay here. Tracing Mahmoud Darwish’s Map Essay by George Fragopoulos — Published on December 7, 2009 • more articles by this author • more articles about this publisher • Read more about: … Read more George Fragopoulos On Mahmoud Darwish

Stendhal's Manuscripts

If you have French or just like Stendhal or actually just want to see what an excellently made website offering superbly designed access to a major writer’s manuscript can look like, go and check out the Les manuscripts de Stendhal site. Of course it took some collaborative doing and giving by local and state governments to achieve this. Thus the money behind the site comes from aa collaboration between … Read more Stendhal's Manuscripts