Lee Harwood (1939-2015)

Sad to see an old friend and a poet I admired very much leave our world. You should check out his Collected Poems published by Shearsman Books in 2004. Download a PDF sampler from this book here. Below, a poem from the early 70s: Five postcards to Alban Berg 1 waves break over the headland the pain of closeness  / “to a lover” The mountains walk in the mountains The lightness of touch … Read more Lee Harwood (1939-2015)

Stephen Kessler on Richard O. Moore

PoetryFlash has just published an excellent, in-depth article on Richard Moore by Stephen Kessler. Below, the opening paragraphs; you can read the whole article here. Golden Codger: The Odd Career of Richard O. Moore by Stephen Kessler There all the golden codgers lay, There the silver dew… (W. B. Yeats) The trouble with everything is that it’s true. (Richard O. Moore) RICHARD O. MOORE, who died March 25, 2015, … Read more Stephen Kessler on Richard O. Moore

“The typewriter was his Tin Drum:” Schlöndorff on Grass (in German)

The Frankfurter Allgemeine (FAZ) brings today a remembrance of Günter Grass by his friend, the film maker Volker Schlöndorff. Opening paras (in German) below; the rest of the article here. Erinnerung an Günter Grass: Das Herz eines zürnenden Gottes Günter Grass war die Stimme des deutschen Geistes in der Welt: ein Patriot, kein Rechthaber, auch wenn er oft über das Ziel hinausschoss. Erinnerung an einen Freund. 16.04.2015, von VOLKER SCHLÖNDORFF © … Read more “The typewriter was his Tin Drum:” Schlöndorff on Grass (in German)

Günter Grass (1927-2015)

Though best known as a novelist, artist & polemicist, Grass was also a poet. A good obit here, an excellent article here & his last interview here in the Guardian. Salman Rushdie tweeted: “This is very sad. A true giant, inspiration, and friend. Drum for him, little Oskar.” (See also Rushdie’s piece in The New Yorker). I will reread some of the work, and watch Schlöndorf’s  film version of “The … Read more Günter Grass (1927-2015)

Richard Moore, Poet & Film-Maker (1920-2015)

Poet, film-maker, founding member of KPFA, yogi and much more, Richard Moore was associated with the San Francisco Poetry Renaissance. More details here & here for tributes. Below the just posted film with Robert Duncan and John  Wieners. Published on Mar 25, 2015 From the series USA: Poetry (1965) by Richard O. Moore

Assia Djebar (1936-2015)

Very sad to learn of Assia Djebar‘s passing: she was an amazing woman & a superb writer! Her novel Fantasia: An Algerian Cavalcade can stand with Kateb Yacine’s Nedjma as foundational text for Algerian post-colonial literature. In Poems for the Millennium vol.4 I published some of her work, including a poem I reprinted here on Nomadics a while back (“Poems for a Happy Algeria”). Below, a first obit by mlynxqualey via Arabic Literature(in English): … Read more Assia Djebar (1936-2015)

‘A Letter in My Purse’: From Slain Poet Shaimaa El-Sabbagh

BY MLYNXQUALEY on JANUARY 26, 2015 • ( 0 ) Shaimaa El-Sabbagh, the activist who was shot dead at a rally in Tahrir Square yesterday, was also a poet:A letter in my purse By Shaimaa El-Sabbagh, trans. Maged Zaher ————————– I am not sure Truly, she was nothing more than just a purse But when lost, there was a problem How to face the world without her Especially Because the streets … Read more ‘A Letter in My Purse’: From Slain Poet Shaimaa El-Sabbagh