"Would you want an idea for a friend?"

This morning Charlotte Mandell reminds us of an interview Brad Morrow did with Robert Kelly back in 1987 and that is now available in the Conjunctions website’s archives. It is quite a treat — & here is one of the bits I liked specially: MORROW: You must be aware of Pound’s dictum that all a writer’s thoughts can be gathered onto half a page, and the rest is simply … Read more "Would you want an idea for a friend?"

Private Library's Introduction to Arab Literature

Just came across this series of blog entries by L.D. Mitchell on his Private Library blog, and this sequence on Arabic Literature — start here with # 1 — is a fine introduction with many links (though mainly to wikipedia entries) for further reading. Some lovely images of books and ms. too. Worth checking out, even if the organization of the sequence is not easy to navigate.

10 Finalists for 3%'s 2010 Best Translated Book of Poetry Award

Three Percent, the University of Rochester’s “translation-centric Web site,” has announced ten finalists for its 2010 Best Translated Book of Poetry Award. The judges — Brandon Holmquest, Jennifer Kronovet, Idra Novey, Kevin Prufer and Matthew Zapruder — have selected the following ten books: Nicole Brossard, Selections. Translated from the French by Guy Bennett, David Dea, Barbara Godard, Pierre Joris, Robert Majzels, Erin Moure, Jennifer Moxley, Lucille Nelson, Larry Shouldice, … Read more 10 Finalists for 3%'s 2010 Best Translated Book of Poetry Award

Charles Olson @ 100: Post 1 of many

The first celebratory event of the year Charles Olson would have turned 100 happened — for me at least — a few days ago when the postman  (& it took a big man, a big postman, one Olson’s father’s size, for it was heavy, the event) brought my copy of Les Poèmes de Maximus — complete! — translated into French by Auxeméry and published by La Nerthe, a smallish  … Read more Charles Olson @ 100: Post 1 of many

Whiteout at Poetry Society

Well, it’s a blizzard and a snowstorm all up and down the East Coast and into New York where the Gramercy Park area, and especially the building housing the Poetry Society of America, has been hit by a further kind of self-inflicted whiteout — vide the appended open email-letter from Fred Viebahn that came in overnight. Its criticism is totally justified, though I wish Viebahn had given other examples … Read more Whiteout at Poetry Society

Haiti, Césaire, Translation, & The New Yorker

The New Yorker, as we well know, has a house style and is proud of it. That this may be a natural thing to aspire to for such a venerable old publication isn’t too problematic as long as it applies to its journalistic pieces, from “Talk of the Town” to the various in depth investigative pieces The New Yorker is justly famous for. But this gets problematic when the … Read more Haiti, Césaire, Translation, & The New Yorker

New e-book: The Tang Extending from the Blade

Canto Diurno #4: The Tang Extending From The Blade by Pierre Joris Author: Format: Pub Date: Publisher: ISBN: Price: Joris, Pierre Ebook 19 January 2010 Ahadada Books N/A Free Canto Diurno #4: The Tang Extending From The Blade by Pierre Joris (1.3 MB) Ahadada Books is pleased to present Canto Diurno #4: The Tang Extending From The Blade by Pierre Joris. The Tang Extending From The Blade is the … Read more New e-book: The Tang Extending from the Blade

Three by Dib

Took the first volume of the Algerian writer Mohammed Dib’s  Collected Works (which consists of the Collected Poems, edited and presented by Habib Tengour — as published in 2007 by Editions de la Différence)  from the shelves this morning, and began to read. Then stopped reading after the opening 3 poems — from the first volume, Ombre Gardienne, originally  published in 1961. Couldn’t resist trying to translate them — … Read more Three by Dib

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