Tony Judt (1948 -2010)

Tony Judt died of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis –  Lou Gehrig’s disease — on Saturday. Over the years I have  immensely enjoyed the historian’s brilliant and insightful essays (at times acerbic-romantic, at times outrageous-calmly British)  Of course I have not always agreed with his stances, intellectual or historical. Let me just mention along those lines of disagreement his claim that the 70ies were an intellectually disastrous period in France because … Read more Tony Judt (1948 -2010)

Homage & Good-Bye to Tuli Kupferberg

On Saturday a Tuli Kupferberg homage was held at Saint Marks in the Bowery’s Poetry Project. The Fugs performed a number of Tuli’s songs, and some 40 plus people spoke or read to honor Tuli, in the very full hall. Below, my amateurish recording of the Fugs doing a Tuli song (an extract, really), and below that my translation of the 1969 Claude Pélieu poem dedicated to Tuli, which … Read more Homage & Good-Bye to Tuli Kupferberg

Crossing the Bar

And thus Robert C. Byrd kicked the proverbial bucket at 92, which could become problematic for votes in the Senate under the Obama administration. That old southerner who made good (a politician who can change his mind and acknowledge that he was wrong is a rare bird indeed) he was a lover & connoisseur of poetry. Here’s his favorite, in memoriam: “Crossing the Bar” by Alfred, Lord Tennyson Sunset … Read more Crossing the Bar

Memorial Reading for Leslie Scalapino

On Monday night, a memorial reading for Leslie Scalapino was held at the St Mark’s Poetry Project, in the presence of Tom White, Leslie’s husband, and organized by E. Tracy Grinnell and Charles Bernstein (the latter’s contribution is online here.) A most moving event, with some 20 participants and culminating in the showing Konrad Steiner’s video of Leslie Scalapino reading from The Dihedrons Gazelle-Dihedrals Zoom,   (the still above is … Read more Memorial Reading for Leslie Scalapino

Roger Manderscheid (1933-2010)

And the Memorial Day occasion stretches on: news just in that the Luxembourg writer Roger Manderscheid, an old & dear friend, died on Tuesday night. Of the generation just preceding mine, he was the most prolific, radical, engaged, political, satirical, and plain humorous poet, novelist, playwright in both the German and the Luxembourg languages, as well as being a superb visual artist. His 1988 novel schacko klak, written in … Read more Roger Manderscheid (1933-2010)

Peter Orlovsky (1933 -2010)

Anne Waldman on Peter Orlovsky’s Passing: “The Shellean farmer astride hid Pegasusian tractor” as Gregory Corso once knighted him passed on today, May 30 2010 to the elysian fields, a bardo of becoming. First glance hour earlier Peter was resting with “trach” in throat in orange sheets at the kind Vt Respite Center in Williston, Vermont (but no extra tubes/ heroic measures for this advanced cancer on his lung!), … Read more Peter Orlovsky (1933 -2010)

Leslie Scalapino (1944-2010)

here is the announcement, sent out by Leslie Scalapino’s family: “Scalapino makes everything take place in real time, in the light and air and night where all of us live, everything happening at once.” — Philip Whalen Leslie Scalapino passed away on May 28, 2010 in Berkeley, California. She was born in Santa Barbara in 1944 and raised in Berkeley, California. After Berkeley High School, she attended Reed College … Read more Leslie Scalapino (1944-2010)

40 Years Ago: Paul Celan

In late spring 1970, Gisèle Celan-Lestrange, estranged wife of the poet Paul Celan, wrote to the Austrian poet Ingeborg Bachmann, an early love and life-long friend of the poet’s: “In the night from Monday to Tuesday, 19 to 20 April, he left his apartment, never to return… ” (Bachmann-Celan Correspondence, p. 197). This makes today the fortieth anniversary of Paul Celan’s death. He left the (very noisy, as he … Read more 40 Years Ago: Paul Celan