Edouard Glissant (1928-2011)

from: The Restless Earth   “Promenade of Solitary Death” The sad boy has not moved On a lake of roses, strewn With pale bodies in the rosebushes Funereal bay it has remained The shore hesitates the sea passes The boars are water scourers Black is the sand, the color Is evident in this place The birds here cloak the murky sky with the gray of their takeoffs Such evidence … Read more Edouard Glissant (1928-2011)

Janine Pommy-Vega (1942-2010)

The poet, teacher & activist Janine Pommy-Vega passed away yesterday, 23 December. More information here and here. And below, the opening poem of her first book, Poems to Fernando (City Lights Books, 1968): The Last Watch The monk’s prayer sung bowed down in the dome comes around ascending sound calling far as the land reaches Wakefulness now in the last watch — Lord near us! & churchbells toll no … Read more Janine Pommy-Vega (1942-2010)

Jacqueline de Romilly (1913-2010)

(”Jacqueline de Romilly chez elle en 2004″, photos Olivier Roller) Jacqueline de Romilly who passed away yesterday at 97, was a magnificent Hellenist & Greek scholar, who collected firsts: the first woman accepted at the Ecole Normale Supérieure, the first woman professor elected to the Collège de France, the first woman elected to the “Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres,” the second woman (after Marguerite Yourcenar) elected to the Académie … Read more Jacqueline de Romilly (1913-2010)

Morocco mourns Political Activist Abraham Serfaty

[Reuters/Jean Blondin] Abraham Serfaty spent decades campaigning for human rights in Morocco. Via MoroccoBoard.com, here is an article by NAOUFEL CHERKAOUI on the passing of a major Moroccan figure: Moroccan Jewish political activist Abraham Serfaty died on Thursday (November 18th) in a Marrakech hospital at the age of 84. He was known to be one of the strongest dissidents against the regime of the late King Hassan II, and … Read more Morocco mourns Political Activist Abraham Serfaty

Harry Mulisch (1927-2010)

“I never make things up, I just remember things that never happened.” I have always admired this sentence by the great Dutch writer — novels, journalism, poetry, essays — who died this past Saturday. Details of his life here, and his Dutch website here. A number of his books translated into English are available. He is also the writer who defined himself by saying “I am World War II” … Read more Harry Mulisch (1927-2010)

Sunflower, Weary of Time for Tuli Kupferberg

Ed Sanders, Stephen Taylor and Coby Batty, as a sort of Fugs Trio singing a song composed by Ed Sanders & based on William Blake‘s “Ah, Sunflower, Weary of Time” at the celebrations for what would have been  Tuli‘s 87th birthday on 28 September at The Living Theater in NYC.

Olson’s Tombstone Blues

An email in my inbox this rainy morning led me to the site with the following press release. Thought I’d pass it on: For Immediate Release                                                   Dead Poets Society of America Contact Walter Skold:  info@deadpoes.org Charles Olson Tombstone in Danger of Splitting September 28 – On the eve of the Charles Olson Centennial about to be celebrated in Gloucester, one New England poet and filmmaker has discovered that Olson’s … Read more Olson’s Tombstone Blues

Stephen Kessler on George Hitchcock

Here is Stephen Kessler’s obit for George Hitchcock, as published yesterday in SantaCruz.com. George Hitchcock, 1914-2010 When I was an undergraduate and aspiring poet at school in upstate New York in the mid-1960s I started reading the small-circulation independent literary journals known as little magazines. It was a volatile historical moment when cultural life was starting to erupt in all sorts of unpredictable forms, and one of those forms … Read more Stephen Kessler on George Hitchcock

Edwin Morgan (1920–2010)

Bill Sherman, in a comment to this morning’s post, informed me that the Scots poet/makar Edwin Morgan had passed at 90. You can read a first obit by the BBC here. Bill included the following poem, which I’ll also reproduce: My life, as a slant of rain on the grey earth fields is gathered in thirsty silence, disappears. I cannot even guess the roots, but I feel them sighing … Read more Edwin Morgan (1920–2010)