Frantz Fanon, on/for his Birthday, 20 July 1925.

Frantz Fanon (Fort de France 1925-Washington 1961) ON NATIONAL CULTURE […] I am ready to concede that on the plane of factual being the past existence of an Aztec civilization does not change anything , very much in the diet of the Mexican peasant of today. I admit that all the proofs of a wonderful Songhai civilization will not change the fact that today the Songhais are underfed and … Read more Frantz Fanon, on/for his Birthday, 20 July 1925.

Charles Bernstein: Outside of Tune, Inside of Time

Charles Bernstein’s response / closing talk at the Outside-in / Inside-out conference in Glasgow this past October. Inspired by the recently published fifth volume of Poems for the Millennium, Barbaric Vast & Wild: A Gathering of Outside & Subterranean Poetry from Origins to Present, edited by Jerome Rothenberg & John Bloomberg-Rissman, this festival and symposium opened up views to poetry past, present, and potentially future with the question: Is … Read more Charles Bernstein: Outside of Tune, Inside of Time

Interview on Maghreb Anthology in “Africa Is A Country”

The Book of North African Literature: Pierre Joris on Poetry and Miscegenation. By Orlando Reade. December 5 2013. A 743-page anthology of North African literature was published by the University of California last year. Ranging from documents made in sixth century Carthage to experimental prose published months after the 2011 uprisings, the Book of North African Literature is the fourth installment in the Poems for the Millenium, a series initiated in 1995 by Pierre … Read more Interview on Maghreb Anthology in “Africa Is A Country”

Summer’s Ahead, Says Nicole

Adishatz, Hello! Our spring was busy & rich with a great tour of the UK. You can find videos & pix on my facebook page, Pierre Joris’ blog & more links below. We are now almost ready to embark on a long summer transhumance filled with many exciting stages — see short & longer term dates below. Meanwhile, let me fill you in on our publications. Bi-Valve : Vulvic Space / Vulvic Knowledge — which … Read more Summer’s Ahead, Says Nicole

Norbert Hirschhorn on Diwan Ifrikiya

On this morning’s London EYEWEAR blog — first paras below: Norbert Hirschhorn reviews Poems for the Millennium [Volume 4] The University of California Book of North African Literature, edited by Pierre Joris andHabib Tengour, 2012 This is the fourth volume in the series, Poems for the Millennium, begun by Jerome Rothenberg and Pierre Joris under the imprint of the University of California. The first published in 1995 is titled Book of Modern & Postmodern Poetry … Read more Norbert Hirschhorn on Diwan Ifrikiya

Jean el Mouhoub Amrouche

In the valley d’Oueil, high up in the Pyrenees right now (will post a series of photos form the walks soon) with most of the time still spent proofing the Maghreb anthology. Here is an extract from the fourth Diwan: Resistance and Road to Independence: Jean el Mouhoub Amrouche (Ighil Ali, 1906–Paris, 1962)  ADORATION OF THE PALM TREES At night the palm trees shed heavy tears. Their shadows bend over the … Read more Jean el Mouhoub Amrouche

A Wonderful Way of Having My Holidays Spoiled!

So here I was, barely set up in my Pyrenean retreat, the lousy Euro-weather just beginning to switch to summer warmth, when, whamm! here come the 750+ page proofs for  Poems for the Millennium, Volume 4: The University of California Book of North African Literature. They’ll keep me busy until I return to NYC (I’ll holiday there, then…) The great news in all this is, of course, that the anthology is … Read more A Wonderful Way of Having My Holidays Spoiled!

Hamid Skif

From the forthcoming Poems for the Millennium 4: Three Poems by Hamid Skif COUNTER-POEM PIM PAM POUM Today’s the wedding PIM PAM POUM Cadillacs, Mercedes, Villas. Couscous with hot blood. PIM PAM POUM My hands clenched to paralysis My lips in my mouth My sex in front of me I await my sister My future wife. PIM PAM POUM A voice in the dark The sister supplicating. PIM PAM POUM … Read more Hamid Skif

Before Columbus Book Award for Poems for the Millennium 3

In advance of an official announcement, this is to report that Poems for the Millennium, volume 3: The University of California Book of Romantic and Postromantic Poetry, edited by Jerome Rothenberg and Jeffrey Robinson, will receive a 2010 American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation.  It’s our understanding that there will be fourteen such awards over all, including Amiri Baraka’s The Afro-American Soul of American Classical Music and … Read more Before Columbus Book Award for Poems for the Millennium 3

One busy week…

Well, indeed, that was one busy week:  after picking up Habib Tengour at Newark airport early Sunday afternoon (with about an hour extra time in customs thanks to his Arab passport), we made it in good time to the Bowery Poetry project for the Poems for the Millennium volume 3 presentation & reading, with co-editors Jerome Rothenberg & Jeffrey Robinson, Bob Holman, Anne Waldmann, Cecilia Vicuña, Charles Bernstein, Nicole … Read more One busy week…