Initiated instability in West Antarctica might be the fastest on the continent

Press Release by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research 13/06/2019 All around the Antarctic coastline there are ice sheet instabilities waiting to be triggered. If this happens ice flows inexorably into the ocean and raises sea levels worldwide. The one region where instability likely has already been initiated by a warming of the ocean is probably the region which collapses faster than any other, find scientists from the … Read more Initiated instability in West Antarctica might be the fastest on the continent

Billie Chernicoff: On Robert Kelly’s “Seaspel”

On Robert Kelly’s Seaspel (Lunar Chandelier Collective, 2019) How does he do it, I’ve wondered of every one of Robert Kelly’s books, and I still have no answer. You can’t parse miracles, only witness them.  A mosaic formed by shells of perception, the poet says about Seaspel, the latest in a series of book length poems he has written, one each year over a summer month, on the island … Read more Billie Chernicoff: On Robert Kelly’s “Seaspel”

Just Out: “Arabia (not so) Deserta”

Just out from     spuytenduyvil! Arabia (not so) Deserta Essays on Maghrebi & Mashreqi Writing & Culture Pierre Joris ISBN 978-1-949966-05-3      200 pages        $18.00 Anne Waldman: This is a treasure, a caravanserai of a book, erudite, personal, enlightening. Pierre Joris poet, translator, editor, anthologist scholar, flâneur par excellence—is an incomparable and friendly guide to these realms, his lifelong passion and esprit manifest and up for the rigor of this … Read more Just Out: “Arabia (not so) Deserta”

The Endgame: Climate Change as Weapon

Thinking on these images from Mozambique, Zimbabwe & elsewhere I suddenly realize that what I had only dimly perceived or hadn’t wanted to believe was most likely true: the climate change deniers in power (or even those out of power or refusing to think on this for personal convenience) don’t do this simply out of a combination of obtuseness, stupidity, religiously motivated anti-science idiocy, and personal greed leading them … Read more The Endgame: Climate Change as Weapon

5 Books by Etel Adnan, Born on This Day

via ArabLit, a welcome homage to one of my favorite writers: Multilingual Lebanese poet, painter, and prose-artist Etel Adnan was born on February 24, 1925, in Beirut. This is her ninety-fourth birthday: As philosopher, poet, and painter, Adnan’s experimental and surrealist work has a wide range of influences, from Rimbaud to Jalal Toufic. She has been most prolific as a poet, and has published more than a dozen collections of … Read more 5 Books by Etel Adnan, Born on This Day

Poets House on Kathleen Fraser (1935 – 2019)

You can tear up your lecture notes now, erase every phone number under my name and go shopping in someone else’s suitcase. I’ve changed my address again. –Kathleen Fraser Change of Address, Kayak Books, 1966 Poets House is saddened by the loss of poet Kathleen Fraser, who passed away this week. Poets House had a long relationship with Kathleen, who was once a student of Stanley Kunitz, our co-founder, … Read more Poets House on Kathleen Fraser (1935 – 2019)

A Look at 99 Books: Algerian Literature in English Translation

via ArabLit /Arabic Literature and Translation: Which Algerian books have been translated to English, which haven’t, and which should be? By Nadia Ghanem As Algeria approaches another momentous step in its political history with a presidential election that, like Brexit, could happen or not but probably yes rather than not, what better time than to plunge into the fiction of Algerian novelists who have played, like their counterparts everywhere, … Read more A Look at 99 Books: Algerian Literature in English Translation

Matthew Shipp & Michael Bisio

Happy New Year! Let me start this year’s bloggin’ with a musical snippet: Matthew Shipp & Michael Bisio playing at The Owl Music Parlor in Brooklyn on 1.3.19. The 7:31 seconds of last night’s gig were chosen by the objective chance method of my iPhone & I doing what we do.

PIK on Climate Summit COP24 in Katowice

The UN climate summit COP24 in Katowice, Poland, closed; below PIK’s statement which I think is somewhat overoptimistic, remembering that the Paris agreement does not entail any compulsion toward change. COP24 President Michal Kurtyka’s celebration (cf. pix above) at the end of COP24  seems wildly out of proportion with what was actually achieved. On this issue, Johan Rockström, resilience scientist who as Director Designate is leading the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research together … Read more PIK on Climate Summit COP24 in Katowice

Record-wet and record-dry months increased in regions worldwide:

Press Release by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research  Climate Change drives Rainfall Extremes More and more rainfall extremes are observed in regions around the globe – triggering both wet and dry records, a new study shows. Yet there are big differences between regions: The central and Eastern US, northern Europe and northern Asia have experienced heavy rainfall events that have led to severe floods in recent past. In … Read more Record-wet and record-dry months increased in regions worldwide: