Interglacial Narrows (Poems 1915-2021)
New from Contra Mundum Press.
Interglacial Narrows gathers a range of Pierre Joris’ poems written between 2015 and 2021, including an extended version of the Book of U / Le livre des cormorans by Joris and Nicole Peyrafitte, initially published by Galerie Simoncini in Luxembourg in 2017.
"Pierre Joris is a word-wizard who shines light on the soul itself. His poems are precious jewels—compact, crystalline structures—each containing their own unique secrets, guiding you to undiscovered places, feelings, images, and ideas. It’s impossible to read his work and come away unmoved. Magically inspiring!" - John Zorn
Always the Many, Never the One: Conversations In-between
With Florent Toniello. New from Contra Mundum Press.
With a starting point on July 14, 2021, when the Centre national de littérature hosted Pierre Joris’ 75th birthday celebration, Always the Many, Never the One builds upon the initial interview by Florent Toniello that took place that day to go deeper into a major Luxembourg-American poet’s reflections on literature, philosophy, and life. Throughout this book Joris develops a core concept of his thinking and writing, “in-betweenness,” using both literary examples and life anecdotes, some never shared in Joris’s vast bibliography so far.
Paul Celan Memory Rose into Threshold Speech: The Collected Earlier Poetry
Translated by the prize-winning poet and translator Pierre Joris, this bilingual edition follows the 2014 publication of Breathturn into Timestead, Celan's collected later poetry. All 9 volumes of Celan's poetry are now available in Joris's translation.
Fox-trails, -tales & -trots
Fox-trails, -tales & -trots is an assemblage of proses and poems on the themes of foxes, Renert, Luxembourg and America, hunting, healing, translating and writing. Renert is in Luxembourg, but also in New York with nomadic Joris who explores with him the meanings of identity, migration, language and literary creation. ‘Pierre Joris is the turbulence of the world in words of betweenness, an omnicultural shaman, you never know where he takes you with his rhizomatic writing; it’s not a direction, it’s not a way, it’s opening, oscillation and becoming.’ — Nico Helminger
Paul Celan Microliths They Are, Little Stones
Translated by Pierre Joris. In the mid-fifties Paul Celan suggested that he had a mind for writing that “would be a bit more sober & more spacious” than his poems. And yet, in his life-time Celan published very little of such “more spacious” work — i.e. prose — except for two essays that were public award-acceptance speeches, and a few occasional bits and pieces often published, or better, hidden away in obscure places. It is only with this volume, edited by Barbara Wiedemann and Bertrand Badiou, that Celan’s multifaceted achievements as a prose writer can be discovered.
A City Full of Voices
Edited by Pierre Joris with Peter Cockelbergh & Joel Newberger. Robert Kelly is one of the major and most prolific American poets of our time. Between 1961 when his first collection, Armed Descent, was published by Hawk’s Well Press, and Seaspel, brought out in 2019 by Lunar Chandelier Collective, Kelly has published some 66+ books of poetry as well as 14 volumes of prose, including novels, short stories, & essays. A City Full of Voices is the companion volume to the 2014 A Voice Full of Cities, the Collected Essays of Robert Kelly, also published by Contra Mundum Press.
Arabia (not so) Deserta : Essays on Maghrebi & Mashreqi Writing & Culture
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 vast deserta. — Anne Waldmann
Paul Celan Reading
Johns Hopkins University
Celan event Deutsches House, NYU with Paul Auster
Celebrating the 100th anniversary of Paul Celan’s birthday, Deutsches Haus at NYU presents a conversation between the poet and translator Pierre Joris and Paul Auster, followed by a reading from Celan’s Memory Rose into Threshold Speech
(The Collected Earlier Poetry: A Bilingual Edition, translated by Pierre Joris and with commentary by Pierre Joris and Barbara Wiedemann) and from Celan’s Microliths They Are, Little Stones
(The Posthumous Prose, translated by Pierre Joris). FOR MORE DETAILS, CLICK HERE
Celebrating Celan at 100: Witnessing for the Witness
Conference at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson
Robert Kelly celebration at Poetry project
June 11-12 (to be rescheduled for a later date)
University of Chicago Center Paris
Keynote at Conference
“Courts-circuits et visions disjonctées : œuvre et réseaux de Claude Pélieu / Short-circuits and Fused Visions: The Works and Networks of Claude Pélieu”.
June 7 & 8 (to be rescheduled for a later date)
Kings College, University of London
Jerome Rothenberg & Eric Mottram celebration
with Nicole Peyrafitte
May 1 (to be rescheduled for a later date)
Celebration reading by & party for Robert Kelly
on the occasion of the publication of “A City Full of Voices: Essays on the Work of Robert Kelly” (Contra Mundum Press)
The Poetry Project / St. Mark’s Church, 131 E. 10th Street, New York, NY 10003
Paul Celan Conference - Keynote Speaker
Rice University, Houston TX
Abu-Dhabi, UAI - HAY FESTIVAL
Thursday 27: 1.p.m.: Conversation with Adonis, Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi
Friday 28: 1.p.m.: PJ in conversation with André Velter;
8:30- 10 p.m. Celebratory Readings for Adonis
Spiritual Exercises: Robert Kelly’s Science of Becoming Aware
A Reading of the play “The Agony of Ingeborg Bachmann,” directed by Vera Beren
Torn Page Salon, 435 West 22nd Street/ New York NY 10011
doors open 7:30 Reading 8 p.m.
February 2, 4:00PM
Trialogues performance with Mike Bisio (bass)
The Lace Mill, 500 Frank Sottile Blvd, Kingston NY 12401
with Nicole Peyrafitte
January 25, 7:00PM
Poetry Reading, The Gallery at Atlas
11 Spring Street, Newburgh, NY 12550