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Meditations on the Stations of Mansur al-Hallaj

Well-versed and well-read in Sufi mysticism, Joris appers throughout these captivating Meditations as a nomadizing poet-scholar—a poeta doctus in the classical sense: whether it is the manners, or pockets of the desert, Baghdad bombings or Hallj’s set of stations that caught his eye (a poeta vates?) and fired up the engine of his writing, Joris—poeta faber—also always guides us back to the material flux of language that constitutes these Meditations. —Peter Cockelbergh

Poems for the Millennium, Volume Four: The University of California Book of North African Literature

In this fourth volume of the landmark Poems for the Millennium series, Pierre Joris and Habib Tengour present a comprehensive anthology of the written and oral literatures of the Maghreb, the region of North Africa that spans the modern nation states of Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, and Mauritania, and including a section on the influential Arabo-Berber and Jewish literary culture of Al-Andalus, which flourished in Spain between the ninth and fifteenth centuries. Beginning with the earliest pictograms and rock drawings and ending with the work of the current generation of post-independence and diasporic writers, this volume takes in a range of cultures and voices, including Berber, Phoenician, Jewish, Roman, Vandal, Arab, Ottoman, and French. Though concentrating on oral and written poetry and narratives, the book also draws on historical and geographical treatises, philosophical and esoteric traditions, song lyrics, and current prose experiments. These selections are arranged in five chronological “diwans” or chapters, which are interrupted by a series of “books” that supply extra detail, giving context or covering specific cultural areas in concentrated fashion. The selections are contextualized by a general introduction that situates the importance of this little-known culture area and individual commentaries for nearly each author.

Upcoming Events

TWO HEADS: Pierre Joris & Nicole Peyrafitte

DATE April 4, 2014; TIME 7 pm; LOCATION Berl's Poetry Shop — 126A Front Street (next to Superfine) in D.U.M.B.O, Brooklyn - Take the F to York Street or the A/C to High Street
Anchored in a processual practice of daily living, writing & art making, their collaboration started in the early 90s & includes a wide range of multimedia performance duos, collaborations on poems & translations, & on many books linking content with covers & illustrations — as well as the raising of two sons. Hosted by Nada Gordon


DATE April 16, 2014; TIME 6:30 pm; LOCATION Silvana Club 300 West 116th St, New York, New York 10026
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."


DATE April 25, 2014; TIME 2-6 pm; LOCATION NYU French Department 19 University Place, 6th floor, New York, NY 10003
Organized by Vincent Broqua, this overview of contemporary poetry translation in the U.S. includes a roundtable discussion and presentation of translated texts. Guest poets include Pierre Alferi, Anne Portugal, Charles Bernstein, Cole Swensen, Pierre Joris, Tracy Grinnell, and Avital Ronell.


DATE April 25, 2014; TIME 8 pm; LOCATION McNally Jackson Bookshop 52 Prince Street, New York, NY 10012
The beautiful bookstore McNally Jackson hosts a reading of French and American poets Pierre Alferi, Anne Portugal, Charles Bernstein, Cole Swensen, Pierre Joris and Tracy Grinnell, presented by Vincent Broqua.

Chicago School of Poetics — Masterclass with Pierre Joris

Saturday, April 26, 2014 · 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. CST · Online
Description: Study with poet Pierre Joris in this one-day online class.

"Writing translation / translating writing" inverts the traditional relationship of original text & translated copy & reinscribes the activity of translation as core process of the act of writing. Students will be simultaneously involved with writing & with translation from a language of their choice into English in a range of forms proposed by their own practice & cultural background.

The class runs for 3 hours and will be held in our online, video-conferenced classroom, so you can attend from your own home, from anywhere in the world.

Our students attend class from all over the world, including recently from Australia, Canada, Ireland, Japan, Morocco, the Philippines, Singapore, Scotland, and, of course, the United States.

Class size is limited to 10 students. Only 7 seats left.

Please note: after registering you will receive an email with instructions on how to log into the virtual classroom.

Tuition: $250

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