RainTaxi Review

POEMS FOR THE MILLENNIUM Volume Four: North African Literature Edited by Pierre Joris and Habib Tengour multiple translators University of California Press ($39.95) by Brooke Horvath The first two volumes of Poems for the Millenniumanthologized experimental poetries from the fin de siècle to the end of the twentieth century; the third gathered those Romantic and Post-Romantic poets out of whose work the several varieties of modernism emerged. All three volumes … Read more RainTaxi Review

Tears of the Crocodile

Below, the opening paras of Regina Keil-Sagawe’s excellent interview with Algerian novelist Yasmina Khadra in Qantara magazine; you can read the full interview here. “There Is a Life after Defeat” Now based in France, the Algerian writer Yasmina Khadra is one of his country’s most successful authors. The film The Attack, based on Yasmina Khadra’s book of the same name, was honoured as Best International Literary Adaptation at this … Read more Tears of the Crocodile

“Meditations” Reviewed

The Volta blog just published a review of my  Meditations on the Stations of Mansur al-Hallaj. First paragraph below. You can read the whole piece here. In Meditations on the Stations of Mansur al-Hallaj, out this year from Chax Press, Pierre Joris offers his own meditations on the mediations facing his text. In a note occurring after the ninety pages and forty meditations, we’re let in on the procedure. These are translations … Read more “Meditations” Reviewed

James Sherry’s Oops! Environmental Poetics

Back in Brooklyn, where the “rentrée” is much less hectic & thus much more pleasurable than in Paris… thus, first local fall pleasure, the event, two evenings ago, at Poisson Rouge for James Sherry’s new book Oops! Environmental Poetics published by Blaze VOX (you can buy it here). James read an extract from what looks like (well, sounded like) an excellent statement on ecopoetics  — actually I prefer his … Read more James Sherry’s Oops! Environmental Poetics

Review of “Cartographies of the In-Between”

Ambulatory Criticism Amanda Montei From: American Book Review Volume 34, Number 4, May/June 2013 p. 28 | 10.1353/abr.2013.0057 In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content:  Pierre Joris is perhaps best recognized for his work as a translator, particularly for his award-winning translations of Paul Celan’s poetry, though he has also authored more than two-dozen books of poetry and has collaborated on numerous editorial projects … Read more Review of “Cartographies of the In-Between”

Another Review of Diwan Ifrikiya

A further review, this one by Amish Trivedi,  of Vol. 4 just out in the Attica Review. Opening paras below, the rest here. POEMS FOR THE MILLENNIUM, VOL. 4 By Amish Trivedi 0 Comments 28 June 2013 Poems for the Millennium, Volume Four The University of California Book of North African Literature Edited by Pierre Joris and Habib Tengour University of California Press, 2013 $39.95, 792 pp. Reviewed by Amish Trivedi … Read more Another Review of Diwan Ifrikiya

Norbert Hirschhorn on Diwan Ifrikiya

On this morning’s London EYEWEAR blog — first paras below: Norbert Hirschhorn reviews Poems for the Millennium [Volume 4] The University of California Book of North African Literature, edited by Pierre Joris andHabib Tengour, 2012 This is the fourth volume in the series, Poems for the Millennium, begun by Jerome Rothenberg and Pierre Joris under the imprint of the University of California. The first published in 1995 is titled Book of Modern & Postmodern Poetry … Read more Norbert Hirschhorn on Diwan Ifrikiya

Meddeb’s Islam & the Challenge of Civilization

If yesterday I posted Hind Meddeb’s letter from Tunis — an urgent cry for human rights &, I think, an accurate evaluation of the situation in Tunisia post-Arab Spring — I want to point today to her father, Abdelwahab Meddeb’s, latest book in English translation, out earlier this year from Fordham University press & translated (excellently so) by Jane Kuntz,  Islam and the Challenge of Civilization. This book, for … Read more Meddeb’s Islam & the Challenge of Civilization

Rereading, no Rewriting Casanova

Set aside for my late summer reading (when all the traveling is done & I can hunker down with fat books) are two strange, neglected yet major European Big Bokes. I’ll get back to one of them later on, but here is news from the other one — via an intelligent, well-informed review published in the Los Angeles Review of Books. Opening paras below; full article here. Marginalia on Casanova: … Read more Rereading, no Rewriting Casanova

Iain Sinclair on Ed Dorn

There’s an excellent  review (& more) of Ed Dorn’s Collected Poems by Iain Sinclair in the current issue of the London Review of Book. Below the opening paragraph. Unhappily you need to be a subscriber (& that’s a worthwhile thing to be, see below) to have full access (or pick up a paper copy in a good bookshop) See also Peter Riley’s review, here: Dysfunctional Troglodytes with Mail-Order Weaponry … Read more Iain Sinclair on Ed Dorn