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

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…

Vernal Cabaret at the Gershwin Hotel

Host: Nesenkeag Cooperative Farm Location: The Gershwin Hotel7 East 27th Street, New York, NY 10016 US View Map | When: Saturday, March 22, 8:00PM There will be an evening of poetry and music to celebrate the vernal equinox and with it, the return of farmers carting their green wares to the city. Proceeds will benefit Nesenkeag Farm and the New Farmer Development Project in New York. The Vernal Cabaret … Read more Vernal Cabaret at the Gershwin Hotel