Sudanese Poet, Artist Mohamed Bahnas Dies Homeless in Cairo

Via Arab Literature (In English) & Still Sudan: Numerous news outlets (Shorouk, Youm7, Veto) are reporting that multitalented Mohamed Hussein Bahnas — guitarist, singer, artist, poet, and novelist — died of hunger and exposure on Cairo’s streets: The 42-year-old artist apparently came to Cairo two years ago to stage an exhibition and remained, performing his songs and poetry in various locations around Cairo, but wasn’t able to afford permanent shelter. His death was first mourned … Read more Sudanese Poet, Artist Mohamed Bahnas Dies Homeless in Cairo

Anselm Hollo (1934-2013)

Rest in Peace Written 22 minutes ago by Jane Dalrymple-Hollo: Paavo Anselm Alexis Hollo passed away peacefully at 10:30 this morning in the loving arms Kaarina, Tamsin, and Jane. It couldn’t have been more beautiful, more perfect. We are grateful. We are in awe. SONG 3 missing one heavily makes one feel heavily (Anselm Hollo, Sojourner Microcosms)

Toop on Coxhill

Lol Coxhill in a skip. Art event copyright Simon Thackray. Photo: Tony Bartholomew. cris cheek just alerted us to a superb homage to Lol Coxhill by his friend & collaborator David Toop. Below 2 paragraphs from that homage; you can read the full piece here.  Lol could be an extraordinarily generous person. There were those he believed to be “duff”, dismissed with pithy anecdote and an underplayed chuckle, and … Read more Toop on Coxhill

Karl May (1842-1912)

Today one hundred years ago the German novelist Karl May died. The importance of his work for any German-language adolescent growing up in the 20C  was enormous (at least until the sixties/seventies when a series of bad movies ruined the imaginative hold the novels had). For me, young Luxembourgian sofa-bound reader, the 72 volumes of the “travel tales” represented the first truly nomadic moves — even if these happened as yet only in my … Read more Karl May (1842-1912)

Barney Rosset (1922 – 2012)

from NYT obit: Barney Rosset, Trailblazing Publisher, Dies at 89 By JOHN WILLIAMS Barney Rosset, the legendary owner of Grove Press who fought legal battles to publish provocative writers, including Henry Miller and Samuel Beckett, has died at 89. The Associated Press obituary is here. The Times’s obituary will be up soon. Mr. Rosset’s experiences and his legacy are amply documented online. Hisinterview with The Paris Review, which was published in … Read more Barney Rosset (1922 – 2012)

Questions about Neruda’s Death

via BBC: Chile Communists request poet Pablo Neruda’s exhumation The Communist Party in Chile has asked for the remains of the poet Pablo Neruda to be exhumed due to allegations that he may have been poisoned. The Nobel laureate died in Santiago in September 1973, 12 days after the military coup that brought Gen Augusto Pinochet to power. Mr Neruda’s death certificate says he died of prostate cancer. But … Read more Questions about Neruda’s Death

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)

Roger Manderscheid (1933-2010)

And the Memorial Day occasion stretches on: news just in that the Luxembourg writer Roger Manderscheid, an old & dear friend, died on Tuesday night. Of the generation just preceding mine, he was the most prolific, radical, engaged, political, satirical, and plain humorous poet, novelist, playwright in both the German and the Luxembourg languages, as well as being a superb visual artist. His 1988 novel schacko klak, written in … Read more Roger Manderscheid (1933-2010)

Kenneth Noland (1924-2010)

Sometime in the early eighties in Paris on my way home I stopped in at Steve Lacy’s loft just two blocks south of my place on rue du Temple. I did this often because it was a great pleasure to come upon Steve rehearsing with quartet or sextet or composing at the piano — this was the moment he was writing the 20 songs based on Robert Creeley poems … Read more Kenneth Noland (1924-2010)