Poetry & Cultural Studies: A Reader

On Saturday September 19, Maria Damon & Ira Livingston‘s excellent compilation Poetry and Cultural Studies: A Reader (published by University of Illinois Press) was launched with a reading at Bowery Poetry Club. Genereous to a fault, Maria invited me (who am not a contributor to the book) to take part in the launch reading. Meanwhile PennSound has made the reading available: click here. Below a few photos of the … Read more Poetry & Cultural Studies: A Reader

Robert Kelly @ Zinc

Caught Robert Kelly last night reading at the Zinc Bar — but unhappily I had to miss most of Kimberley Lyons’ reading (those reworkings of Shakespearean sonnets were terrific, Kim!) as I had an appointment uptown. Here is an extract of the Kelly reading, the opening section consisting of parts from a “Letter to Jennifer Moxley.” RK-LetterMoxley1 Interestingly also, this morning Mark Twaithe on his excellent ReadySteadyBooks blog points … Read more Robert Kelly @ Zinc

Sax, Soup, Poetry & Voice

Just released by the Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy, NY:  Sax, Soup, Poetry & Voice Nicole Peyrafitte (voice & soup), Pierre Joris (poetry), Joe Giardullo (saxophone) the DVD of the performance/concert given in November 2007. It is available through Ta’wil Productions for $5 (i.e. handling & shipping costs)! Below, my poem-recipe for cooking hare, or rabbit, as the case may be, & Nicole’s recipe for the one she … Read more Sax, Soup, Poetry & Voice

KRCB Tribute to David Bromige

Two weeks ago on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time on KRCB, in Santa Rosa CA, Katherine Hastings presented a one-hour tribute to the late great poet David Bromige, “the author of dozens of books and the recipient of many literary honors, David Bromige was also a former Poet Laureate of Sonoma County, a professor at Sonoma State University, and a mentor to many. His experimental style … Read more KRCB Tribute to David Bromige

Bianu's Ritual for Amplifying the World

Europe’s behind me — salt over the shoulder — until the next trip (a November performance with Nicole Peyrafitte in Angoulême) — meanwhile it is a treat to be back in Brooklyn, watching the sun set over the Narrows. On the plane back, I started to translate a poem by French poet & writer Zéno Bianu, the poem with which he often/usually opens his readings. Here is a video … Read more Bianu's Ritual for Amplifying the World

Lodève (5): Souad Salem

Here a video of Libyan poet Souad Salem reading one of her works. I should have a translation of the poem up tomorrow. The festival’s poet’s bio-notes gives only this: “Born in Tripoli (Libya) in 1966, she has a Masters in Economics & is assistant chief-editor of the magazine “The House.” She contributes regularly to a range of Arab newspapers and magazines and is active in the Women’s Rights … Read more Lodève (5): Souad Salem

Lodève (3): Zéno Bianu & Youssef Khadim Allah

Here, first, the final poem of Zéno Bianu’s reading, a “scantata” (“something between scansion and cantata,” he suggested & mentioned Baudelaire). And now a poem by the Tunisian poet Youssef Kharim Allah, with, beneath the video, my English translation: TERRORIST room 31 moustache and weak virility explosive belt stuffed with hygienic colored chalk made by the MT company. I’m chasing a small salary at the tail end of the … Read more Lodève (3): Zéno Bianu & Youssef Khadim Allah

Lodève "Voix de la Méditerranée" festival (1)

Just back to our Pyrenean hide-out from 8 days in Lodève at the “Voix de la Méditerranée” festival. An excellent occasion, though exhausting, what with having to do at least one half-hour reading a day, trying to catch as many of the other readers as possible & spending social time with old friends and new acquaintances. I did not have easy access to the net, and even here, I … Read more Lodève "Voix de la Méditerranée" festival (1)

Jack Spicer NYC Celebration

Last night’s Jack Spicer Celebration (Panel & Reading), ostensibly for the publication of My Vocabulary Dis This To Me: The Collected Poems of Jack Spicer, at The Poetry Project & co-sponsored by Poets House, was an excellent & moving affair. That it happened on the very day Robin Blaser was buried, added a tinge of sadness — but maybe also a dimension of depth. Thus when Kevin Killian recounted … Read more Jack Spicer NYC Celebration