Claude Pélieu, poet & collagist extraordinaire…

…left us on this day, 13 years ago. Which I suddenly realized as this morning I set to gather a dossier on his work for an issue of a French magazine (L’Homme sans épaules) to be published in the summer of 2016.  Here, in my English translation, a poem from the late sixties, from the volume Jukeboxes: Good-bye tristesse, hello tristesse – we are in Paradise        & the dead laugh … Read more Claude Pélieu, poet & collagist extraordinaire…

Appeal for Poet Ashraf Fayadh

Poet Ashraf Fayadh’s Appeal Filed; Worldwide Reading to Protest His Death Sentence Jan 14 BY MLYNXQUALEY on DECEMBER 16, 2015 • ( 1 ) The international literature festival Berlin (ilb) is calling on “all individuals, institutions, schools and media outlets that care about justice and freedom to participate in a worldwide reading of selected poems and other texts in support of Ashraf Fayadh,” a Palestinian poet who has been sentenced … Read more Appeal for Poet Ashraf Fayadh

New Beltrametti Book

Franco Beltrametti Poems Blackberry Books has just published “From Almost Everywhere – selected poems 1965-1995” by Franco Beltrametti. This book collects Franco’s poems as well as a color insert of paintings, an interview with James Koller, an epilogue by the editor (Stefan Hyner) and a bibliography. The book was designed by JB Bryan, 260 pages, $16.95 in paperback. Here is a poem from the book: If drums have fingers … Read more New Beltrametti Book

Happy Birthday, Robert Kelly!

Happy 80th birthday, Robert! Below the clickable cover of the Festschrift for the occasion that Metambesen publishes today, and below that my own festish Schrift piece for Robert. A Memoir: for Robert at 80 I came to America in late August 1967 with a Karl May-fantasy of Apache and Comanche landscapes in one eye and a West Coast dream of San Fran & Bob Kaufmannian be-bop, Ginsbergian Howls & Kerouacian  California Railroad … Read more Happy Birthday, Robert Kelly!

Kenneth Irby (November 18, 1936 – July 30, 2015)

Profound sadness at the passing of an old friend, a major poet — whose work is way underappreciated in this, his country —, a great lover of literature, landscape and music. Below a poem from the sixties — p. 133 in his indispensable The Intent On (Collected Poems 1962-2006), North Atlantic Books 2009 — one of the poems I came across early on in his book Relation, and that introduced me to a part … Read more Kenneth Irby (November 18, 1936 – July 30, 2015)

Lee, Again

As I opened the beautiful Fulcrum Press hard-cover edition of Lee’s The White Room, out fell a letter and typescript of the poem “Old Bosham Bird Watch”, which you can read in toto in the available extracts from the Collected. Here the first page of Lee’s typescript:

Amjad Nasser: ‘We Have to Listen More to Reality Than We Used To’

by mlynxqualey Amjad Nasser is not Amjad Nasser: “Amjad Nasser” is the pen name of a poet, journalist, travel-writer, and novelist who was forced to leave his native Jordan when he was just 21. After that, he lived in Beirut and Cyprus, working as a journalist and poet, finally ending up in London in 1987. Since then, he has carried multiple identities, some of which can be glimpsed in his debut novel, Land … Read more Amjad Nasser: ‘We Have to Listen More to Reality Than We Used To’

James Koller (1936-2014)

For Jim Koller now traveling the Great Barzakh, the In -be- tween that’s all we have when it all comes down to it I see you walking down that road & on the other side of the river Franco is waving welcome as are so many of our friends as we will be all too soon . Check out the following site for more news & memorials.

Abdelwahab Meddeb (1946-2014)

Abdelwahab Meddeb passed away in the night from Wednesday to Thursday in Paris.  Born in Tunis in 1946, he was a poet, scholar, writer, translator, traveller, magazine editor (“Dédale“), book editor (as series editor with  Editions Sindbad from 1974 to 1987 he published the classics of sufism as well as many of the most outstanding contemporary Arab authors), radio producer (check out his France Culture broadcasts Cultures d’Islam which he did weekly for 17 years) & … Read more Abdelwahab Meddeb (1946-2014)

Palestinian Poet Samih al-Qasim Dies at 75

Via the always excellent Arab Literature (in English): BY MLYNXQUALEY on AUGUST 20, 2014 • ( 4 ) I don’t like you, death But I’m not afraid of you And I know that my body is your bed And my spirit is your bed cover I know that your banks are narrow for me I don’t love you, death But I’m not afraid of you.–One of Samih al-Qasim’s final poemsBeloved Palestinian poet Samih al-Qasim died … Read more Palestinian Poet Samih al-Qasim Dies at 75