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

Two Texts by Clayton Eshleman: (1) Orpheus in Lascaux

ORPHEUS IN LASCAUX The Lascaux Pit’s visionary scene is much more formidable & larger than I had anticipated before climbing down a narrow 16 foot ladder to it in May 1997. Around 6 and a half feet in length the scene possesses its wall space with black, aggressive, calligraphic strokes. In reproductions it often appears cramped,with a bird-headed man, a wounded bison, & a rhinoceros done in a puerile,primitive” fashion. As I … Read more Two Texts by Clayton Eshleman: (1) Orpheus in Lascaux

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’

Norman Weinstein: Elegy for Roswell Rudd

  Elegy for Roswell Rudd: Curtain Calls With Glissandos Galore just nerve-jazzed getting off Wilshire then mysterious left turns then soccer field arises, horizon fills with team of middle-aged realtors, one puts a trombone in my face “HERE!” & tosses cornball straw hat “HERE!” so trombone wraps itself boa-bodacious around shoulders & neck, while hat turns into half- assed mute, Dixieland dollar store style,  & someones shouting orders, pretend … Read more Norman Weinstein: Elegy for Roswell Rudd

Uri Avnery:     Cry, Beloved Country

December 23, 2017 ANYONE PROPOSING the death penalty is either a complete fool, an incorrigible cynic or mentally disturbed – or all of these. There is no effective therapy for any of these defects. I wouldn’t even try. A fool would not understand the overwhelming evidence for the conclusion. For a cynic, advocacy of the death penalty is a proven votecatcher. A mentally disturbed person derives pleasure from the … Read more Uri Avnery:     Cry, Beloved Country

HEINRICH BÖLL

Böll — Nobel Prize in Literature in 1972 — would have turned 100 yesterday, & if the German papers are honoring him, though with rather distant & at times skeptical homages, internationally there doesn’t seem to be much noise about this centennial. A forgotten writer? He who was maybe the first contemporary prose writer I & my school mates enthused about, age 12/13, in high school when we read … Read more HEINRICH BÖLL

PJ on Black Mountain College in French

In June I recorded a talk about Black Mountain College (broadcast in early July) for France-Culture in the context of Charles Dantzig’s program “Le Secret professionel.” You can listen to it here:   Pierre Joris, écrivain et poète, nous guide au Black Mountain College pour découvrir le secret de cet établissement de Caroline du Nord, méconnu en France, qui a vu passer Robert Rauschenberg, Merce Cunningham, ou encore John … Read more PJ on Black Mountain College in French

19 Arab Authors on Their Favorite Reads of 2017

Via Arab Literature (in English) & BY MLYNXQUALEY on DECEMBER 20, 2017 • ( 0 ) Each year, ArabLit knocks on the doors of a range of Arab novelists, poets, and memoirists, asking for their favorite reads os 2017. This year’s list was co-edited and -translated by Mahmoud Hosny and M Lynx Qualey: Salim Barakat (Syrian-Kurdish poet and novelist) I didn’t get many books this year. So I reread:  … Read more 19 Arab Authors on Their Favorite Reads of 2017

Uri Avnery on Jerusalem & Trump

excepted from From Barak to Trump, this  week’s installment of Avnery’s newsletter: Palestinians, and Arabs at large, do have deep feelings and convictions. They are a proud people. They still remember the times when Muslims were incomparably more advanced than the barbarian Europeans. To be treated like dirt by the US president and his Jewish entourage hurts them deeply, and may lead to a disturbance in our region that no … Read more Uri Avnery on Jerusalem & Trump

Marcel Kurpershoek on Translating 18th-century Nabati Poetry That Still ‘Smells Like Fresh Bread’ Parts 1 & 2

Via Arab Literature (in English) & BY MLYNXQUALEY on DECEMBER 4, 2017 • ( 0 ) Marcel Kurpershoek, editor-translator of Hmedan al-Shweʿir’s Arabian Satire: Poetry from 18th Century Najd, first became acquainted with Nabati poetry in the 1980s, while working as a diplomat in Saudi Arabia, and soon was drawn to the diwan of Hmedan, “maybe the No. 1 poet” in the Nabati tradition. Kurpershoek, currently a senior research … Read more Marcel Kurpershoek on Translating 18th-century Nabati Poetry That Still ‘Smells Like Fresh Bread’ Parts 1 & 2