w/ Pierre Joris
accompaniment by Gnawa Boussou
Silvana hosts a reading of Rachida Madani’s “Tales of a Severed Head” on April 16 at 6:30pm, with Rachida Madani and Pierre Joris, featuring accompaniment by Gnawa Boussou, a traditional Moroccan band based in New York. Rachida Madani, a native of Morocco, has published several volumes of poetry in French, a language she also taught for thirty years.
A lifelong political militant, she expresses her resistance: “not by shouting slogans and waving banners. I fight with my words.” This event is part of a multi-cultural and eclectic experience of English and Francophone poetry. At the close of the “Printemps des poètes” festival in France, New York takes the torch, offering a diverse program of voices, sounds, drawings, and stories in which new poets and established masters use literary panache to express their social and political convictions. This cycle also includes Anne Portugal and Pierre Alféri.
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