AGADIR: Installation by Yto Barrada & texts by Mohammed Khaïr-Eddine

Today is the opening of Moroccan artist Yto Barrada’s installation AGADIR at the Curve Gallery of the Barbican Center in London. Below, the official announcement & a few of the pages from Mohammed Khaïr-Eddine’s book “Agadir,” which I translated for the occasion: For her first major London commission, artist Yto Barrada weaves together personal narratives and political ideals to create a complex portrait of a city and its people … Read more AGADIR: Installation by Yto Barrada & texts by Mohammed Khaïr-Eddine

Today, on the 70th Anniversary of Kurt Schwitter’s Death…

… he is ever so alive! Below, a little piece by Kurtchen translated by Jerome Rothenberg & myself from our book pppppp (still available from amazon or exact change) THE GREAT ARDOR OF DADA   A Funeral March Ardor bleeds Ardors bleed blood.. Merz greening tempest, charge at the clocks. The churchtower rises a pervert clawing of claws (it goes without saying). Claws on top claws, pervert, claws; smackeroo.  Blamm. … Read more Today, on the 70th Anniversary of Kurt Schwitter’s Death…

Two Texts by Clayton Eshleman: (2) Orphic Ontologies II

  Orphic Ontologies II The essence of human power: access to the cosmos from the heavens down to earth & into the Cro-Magnon underworld Charles Olson on Wallace Stevens. to Creeley, May 5, 1952: “For the lie in Stevens, however much the pleasure in the play of words, is his language, that, it is without rhythm because it is without passion which is person (not personae, that further divide … Read more Two Texts by Clayton Eshleman: (2) Orphic Ontologies II

From Dunya Mikhail’s Forthcoming ‘The Beekeeper: Rescuing the Stolen Women of Iraq’

via World Literature Today and Arabic Literature (in English) & BY MLYNXQUALEY on DECEMBER 29, 2017 • ( 0 ) Max Weiss translated this excerpt of Dunya Mikhail’s The Beekeeper: Rescuing the Stolen Women of Iraq, which is forthcoming next spring from New Directions: The book is dedicated to Abdullah Shrem, who worked, between 2014 and 2016, with smugglers to rescue dozens of fellow Yazidis from ISIS captivity in Syria … Read more From Dunya Mikhail’s Forthcoming ‘The Beekeeper: Rescuing the Stolen Women of Iraq’

“Climate-Neutral Living in Berlin” kick-off:

Press release by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research 11/30/2017 : Reducing personal CO2 footprints in a living lab 100 households, 365 days: Starting this December, private households in the German capital will be testing what climate action means in everyday life in the project “Climate-Neutral Living in Berlin” (Klimaneutral Leben in Berlin – KliB). From families with children to partnerships, flat-sharing communities or singles – for one … Read more “Climate-Neutral Living in Berlin” kick-off:

Kareem James Abu-Zeid Wins NEA Fellowship for Retranslation of ‘Hanging Poems’

Excellent news, as we can really use a new translation of what are the founding poems of Arab culture, predating the Quran, & as the story goes, called “the hanging ones” because sewn into cloth hangings that adorned the Kaaba in Mecca until the Quran displaced them. Poems — odes, or better qasidas — of great formal complexity, very difficult to translate, indeed: I tried my hand at it … Read more Kareem James Abu-Zeid Wins NEA Fellowship for Retranslation of ‘Hanging Poems’

Potsdam Institute: “The world is in a coal trap”

The negotiations at the UN Climate Change Conference and the exploratory talks in Berlin on forming a new government are about to be concluded. On this issue, Ottmar Edenhofer, Chief Economist of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impacts Research (PIK) and Director of the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC): “The world is in a coal trap – and the UN Climate Change Conference has … Read more Potsdam Institute: “The world is in a coal trap”

Mohammed Bennis reading at PoetsHouse

There was a major international poetry event two weeks ago at Columbia University with a final reading at Poets House. Despite a little Snafu things went along as planned. The last reader was Moroccan poet Mohammed Bennis, with me reading translations of his poems. Happily Nicole recorded those 10 minutes, & so here is the video:

Joris & Peyrafitte Book & Exhibition in Luxembourg

We are in the final stage of readying a 3-tier 5-week show at the Galerie Simoncini in Luxembourg-City. The opening is Friday 20 October at 6 p.m. and we will be conducting performances throughout the weekend. The exhibition runs from 20 October to 26 November. The address of the Simoncini Gallery is 6, rue Notre Dame, Luxembourg, GD of Luxembourg. Phone: +352 47 55 15. — www.galeriesimoncini.lu First floor: ACTION PAINTINGS — on 20 October at 6:30 … Read more Joris & Peyrafitte Book & Exhibition in Luxembourg