Poet Galal El-Behairy’s ‘Letter from Tora Prison’

via ArabLit: Ahead of the expected verdict for imprisoned Egyptian poet Galal El-Behairy, ArabLit — like PEN centers around the world — is sharing a work El-Behairy wrote in prison: El-Behairy was arrested more than three months ago, on March 3, 2018, on charges related to his most recent book of poems, خير نسوان الأرض, The Finest Women on Earth (2018) and lyrics he wrote for Ramy Essam’s song “Balaha.” A campaign against him … Read more Poet Galal El-Behairy’s ‘Letter from Tora Prison’

Glasfryn Project: Black Mountain College, A Celebration

Nicole & I much looking forward to take part in this! Black Mountain College USA (1933 – 1957) comes to the Black Mountains of Powys, Wales. A full weekend exploration and celebration of the work, philosophy and ongoing influence of that remarkable, mid-twentieth century educational and multi-genre artistic experimental venture. MAY 26th – 27th  The morning and afternoon sessions will be held at the Dance Studio in Crickhowell Community Sports … Read more Glasfryn Project: Black Mountain College, A Celebration

Belonging to Human Time: A Syrian Contribution to Arab Poetics

via ArabLit MAY 16, 2018 Poet Saleh Diab recently edited a bilingual, French-Arabic, anthology of Syrian poetry: By Daniel Behar, Hussein Bin Hamza Saleh Diab’s recently published bilingual anthology in French and Arabic consecrates the Syrian contribution to Arab poetics and world poetry. This selection was compiled and translated over the course of more than eight years. In this interview, Diab presents his views about the place of Syrian … Read more Belonging to Human Time: A Syrian Contribution to Arab Poetics

A Brief Odyssey of Various Odyssey translations & the lrb

  In the London Review of Books of 26 April, Colin Burrow reviewed three translations of the Odyssey, the most recent one being Emily Wilson’s, here. After reading it I felt that Burrow had missed out on a further major recent translation, that done by Charles Stein, & for once decided to send a letter to the editor. The lrb responded with what I take is its usual email, … Read more A Brief Odyssey of Various Odyssey translations & the lrb

Palestinian Poet Dareen Tatour Convicted of Incitement, Supporting Terror for Poem and Facebook Posts

via Arab List (in English) & by MLYNXQUALEY on MAY 3, 2018• ( 0 ) Palestinian poet and Dareen Tatour was surrounded by supporters on Thursday, May 3 as the Nazareth Magistrate’s Court found her guilty of incitement to violence and supporting a terror organization. The conviction centered around three social-media posts, including the poem “Resist, My People, Resist Them“: The thirty-six-year-old poet, who is an Israeli citizen, has been in and … Read more Palestinian Poet Dareen Tatour Convicted of Incitement, Supporting Terror for Poem and Facebook Posts

Allen Fisher: “Loggerheads”

 This is the second part of a performance Allen Fisher gave on Sunday April 22nd at Café Oto Project Space in Dalston, London (two fascinating spaces, in fact: check out a Guardian piece from 2012 on Café Oto here). I had tried to live-video the first part on FaceBook, but had to stop as the connection kept breaking down. (There are some 2 minutes available on my FB … Read more Allen Fisher: “Loggerheads”

Eric Mottram on France Culture

While preparing my essay on Eric Mottram for next week’s conference at King’s College London, I came across a radio-program I did for France-Culture in 1983 (available right now as they rebroadcast it in August 2016). It was the opener of a series that also included one-hour programs on Tom Raworth, Bob Cobbing, Allen Fisher & Jeff Nuttall. These last 4 have unhappily not been rebroadcast recently & so … Read more Eric Mottram on France Culture

Eric Mottram Remembered: poet, professor and cultural firebrand

We are pleased to present the following conference, alongside an exhibition of manuscripts, books and digital material relating to Eric Mottram. Sponsored by the Archives Department at King’s College London. Date: Monday 23 April 2018 Duration: 10.00 to 17.30  Location: Council Room, 2nd floor, Strand Building, King’s College London, WC2R 2LS Master of Ceremonies: Clive Bush PROGRAMME: This event will be filmed by Colin Still from Optic Nerve (www.opticnerve.co.uk). … Read more Eric Mottram Remembered: poet, professor and cultural firebrand

Norman Weinstein’s Homage to Cecil Taylor

Cecil Taylor: Completion Then Scherzo in Mind (1928-2018) : keyboard, acquire roiling equipoise. Who once sent your keys catapulting into free space breathes somewhere his vapor trail here after remains in visible, his touch whole tone holy sprit tongues vibrate as waves shimmer radiant radiant off a Telsa coil.             This meteor  shower dis ceased clears a night sky for constellations which swell at … Read more Norman Weinstein’s Homage to Cecil Taylor