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The Agony of I.B. - A Play by Pierre Joris

Editions PHI & TNL, Luxembourg.

HANS WERNER HENZE: We cannot simply rewrite the myths of old!

INGEBORG BACHMANN: Why not? Myths are just stories told. Stories that kill us all too often. Turn them on their heads. Rewrite them, retell them... The flame snake bit me, I feel, I think I am dying unless I'm already dead. It is what the myths do to the women, they all try to make us Helens guilty by birth, guilty by desire guilty by thought until killed and then pure figments of male imagination again.

An American Suite

"Polyglottish and dense... contemplative and exact with images... drunkenly mimetic... An American Suite is a bold attempt to think of some 'way out of these calendric interstices.'" — Full Stop


"'The word is/as the mawqif, the station, the oasis, the momentary resting place'. In my hands, a copy of Mawqif by Pierre Joris, a book of poems and essays that I have translated into Spanish with Mario Domínguez Parra. Foreword by Ernesto Livon-Grosman, cover art by Nicole Peyrafitte. Published by La Otra (Mexico City), directed by José Angel Leyva." — Joseph Mulligan

Breccia (Poems 1972-1986)

"Breccia is a showcase for poems from roughly twenty, sometimes rather fugitive, volumes, written and published during a time when Joris was living as a kind of postmodern nomad. One of the virtues of this in-gathering of work is that it makes clear the extent to which a sense of 'nomadism' - of being intensely in a place because one knows one has already left it - marks Joris' poetry.... The sense of immediacy in his work is striking. But the images of weather and shifting light and shade that give so many poems their climate of feeling, always play against a complex flow of conceptual activity and the possibility, but only the possibility, of archetypal permanence..." - Don Byrd

Barzakh (Poems 2000-2012)

"A magnificent multi-layered tome from the brilliant poet and translator whose erudition and deep engagement with the doings of humanitas are on full disply. From a lyrical bi-lingual ode to Kerouac through DIS/ASTEROILDRECK, we are drawn into a kinetic weave of world and language.....A book for the time, for all times, for its care, its passion, its urgent soundings." Anne Waldman

Paul Celan — Breathturn Into Timestead: The Collected Later Poetry

"I will make the outrageous assertion that Paul Celan reinvented poetry—or invented a new kind of poetry—or took poetry to a place where it had never been before. By definition, such work cannot be translated. Then along comes Pierre Joris, and by some mysterious process of linguistic alchemy, he has managed to translate hundreds of examples of this work, or at least to produce versions that embody the strangeness and power of the originals—and the grand adventure of Celan's late poems lives on in English." —Paul Auster

A Voice Full of Cities: The Collected Essays of Robert Kelly

Long over-due, the present volume, A Voice Full of Cities, edited by Pierre Joris & Peter Cockelbergh, collects for the first time Kelly's essays, statements, & other writings on poetry & poetics, making available a vast array of difficult to obtain works. The editors' aim was to insure that — in Robert Kelly's own words — "the fifty years of thinking around the fifty years of making won't get lost, and making and thinking will be seen as one thing."

Upcoming Events

Outside-in / Inside-out

DATE: October 5-7; University of Glasgow, Centre for Contemporary Arts and Glasgow Women’s Library
A Symposium / Poetry Festival on Outside and Subterranean Poetry

Celebration of Mohammed Bennis

DATE: July 19; El Assilah, Morocco, Details t.b.a.

Chez Lily Germ

DATE: June 25; Louron, Pyrénées
Reading/Performance with Nicole Peyrafitte

Poetry Reading

DATE: June 22; Prague, Czech Republic. Details t.b.a.