Epic Debris: Haiti

Eerie feeling last night: had an email in the late afternoon from Claude Pierre, the Haitian poet, & just as I started to read & respond, the radio brought news of the earthquake. Communications seem to be down & I haven’t heard back.  I hope Claude Pierre, and my New York friend Thomas Spears who was visiting with Claude Pierre are okay. I wish everybody were okay, but… Good … Read more Epic Debris: Haiti

Leland Hickman’s TIRESIAS: THE COLLECTED POEMS

Reading for Leland Hickman’s TIRESIAS: THE COLLECTED POEMS Date & Time: Wed., Jan. 13, 2010 @ 8:00PM Location: The Poetry Project @ St. Marks Church, 131 E. 10th St. NYC (212) 674-0910 Admission: Free Los Angeles poet and editor Leland Hickman (1934-1991) was the author of two collections of poetry: Great Slave Lake Suite (1980) and Lee Sr Falls to the Floor (1991). He was the editor of the … Read more Leland Hickman’s TIRESIAS: THE COLLECTED POEMS

Abdellatif Laâbi Wins 2009 Goncourt Poetry Prize

In early December, the yearly “Prix Goncourt” for poetry given by the members of the Goncourt Academy to a francophone poet was awarded to the Moroccan poet Abdellatif Laâbi — which is excellent news, as Laâbi is no doubt the major francophone Moroccan poet at work today.  Check out his site here, and the site of Souffles, the major Maghrebian  literary, cultural & political avant-garde magazine of the late … Read more Abdellatif Laâbi Wins 2009 Goncourt Poetry Prize

Colonel Williams in Jacket (# 38) & (no) (various) Tie(s)

It gives me great pleasure to bring the following to your attention: Online feature: The Life and Work of Jonathan Williams, Black Mountain Poet, Publisher, Photographer: THE LORD OF ORCHARDS – in Jacket magazine – I’d like to invite your attention to an comprehensive online feature on the life and work of Black Mountain poet, publisher, and photographer Jonathan Williams, THE LORD OF ORCHARDS, edited by myself here at … Read more Colonel Williams in Jacket (# 38) & (no) (various) Tie(s)

Lambert Schlechter's "Literary Miniature" of Paul Celan

This morning my good friend, the Luxembourg writer Lambert Schlechter, sent via facebook a small text from his “Literary Miniatures” series as a parallel or coincident response to my Celan translation posted here yesterday. Here is Lambert’s text in my quick translation. This is #2 in the series: PAUL CELAN In 1948, Marie-Luise Kaschnitz resides for a time at the abbey of Royaumont in the company of other authors: … Read more Lambert Schlechter's "Literary Miniature" of Paul Celan

Boxing Day 09 Favorite Books List

& the winner (aka my favorite favorite book of the year) is: Kenneth Irby THE INTENT ON Collected Poems, 1962- 2006 672 pages; hardcover; gorgeous Thorpe Feidt painting on cover; designed by Jonathan Greene; $40. North Atlantic Books Poetry Douglas Rothschild, Theogony. subpress. Dave Brinks, The Caveat Onus, meditations. Black Widow Press. kari edwards, Bharat jiva. Belladodonna/Litmus. Jerome Rothenberg, Gematria Complete. Marick Press. Stacy Szymaszek, Hyperglossia, Litmus Press. Robert Kelly, … Read more Boxing Day 09 Favorite Books List

Just out: Nicole Brossard by Nicole Brossard

Just published by the University of California Press in the Poets for the Millennium series: Nicole Brossard Selections by Nicole Brossard Introduction by Jennifer Moxley Poets for the Millennium, 7 A Simpson Book in the Humanities $55.00, £37.95 hardcover 9780520261075 Available Now $22.95, £15.95 paperback 9780520261082 Available Now 252 pages, 5-1/2 x 8-1/4 inches, 15 b/w photographs January 2010, Available worldwide Also in: Women’s Studies “Pleasure,” Jennifer Moxley writes in … Read more Just out: Nicole Brossard by Nicole Brossard

Dave Brinks Reading @ Zebulon

Bernadette Mayer, Jamey Jones & Dave Brinks read at Zebulon in the Brooklyn Rail Poetry Series last Monday. I only got my recorder up close enough to the reader for the last of the three, & so the only recording that is audible is that of Dave Brinks. He read from The Caveat Onus, his superb long sequence of poems published earlier this year by Black Widow Press. Here … Read more Dave Brinks Reading @ Zebulon

Kenneth Irby: The Intent On

Kenneth Irby THE INTENT ON Collected Poems, 1962- 2006 672 pages; hardcover; gorgeous Thorpe Feidt painting on cover; excellently designed by Jonathan Greene; $40 from North Atlantic Books This is a book I have been waiting for for many years now and finally, finally it is here: the Collected Poems of Ken Irby, one of our major neglectorinos (to use that word again) — essentially one of our very … Read more Kenneth Irby: The Intent On

George Fragopoulos On Mahmoud Darwish

One of the better essays on the work of Mahmoud Darwish in this country was recently published in The Quarterly Conversation on-line magazine. I am reproducing a section of the essay below; you can read the full essay here. Tracing Mahmoud Darwish’s Map Essay by George Fragopoulos — Published on December 7, 2009 • more articles by this author • more articles about this publisher • Read more about: … Read more George Fragopoulos On Mahmoud Darwish