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
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)
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)
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)
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
Franz Kamin was a prolific composer whose musical works explore structural principals derived from topology, prosody, General Systems Theory, and esoteric/meditational processes in unusual combinations of genre and technique: conventional instruments and children’s toys; sound poetry and puppet theater; choreography and speaking chorus; systematic chance operations and programmed improvisation; performance scribbling and the live reading of narrative texts. Born in Milwaukee, Kamin studied composition at the University of Oklahoma … Read more Franz Kamin (1941-2010)
Haven’t commented on JD Salinger’s passing, essentially because I was never able to read any of his books; no matter how young I was, they just fell from my hands whenever I tried one of them. The yawn of that “vision” of “innocence!” But just now was reading the forthcoming translation of the Algerian writer Nabile Farès’ novel The Passenger from the West, which reprints the author’s interview with … Read more Baldwin on Salinger
C L-S died at 100 last Friday — he would have turned 101 on 28 November. Check out the obit in the NYT, here. But don’t forget to reread Tristes Tropiques and La Pensée Sauvage (The Savage Mind) — both now out as part of a Pléiade L-S volume that came out last year.