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!

Le Printemps des poètes 2014 — in New York

Les Services Culturels de l’Ambassade de France présentent une série éclectique d’évènements passionnants à New York en avril, avec la présence de poètes francophones et anglophones tels que Rachida Madani, Pierre Alferi, Anne Portugal, Adonis, Pierre Joris, Ben Lerner, et Anna Moschovakis. Animés d’un appétit insatiable pour les jeux de langage, des poètes Américains et français se retrouvent pour ouvrir une large réflexion sur l’écriture poétique et s’embarquer dans une discussion … Read more Le Printemps des poètes 2014 — in New York

Lithophonic Celan

“Zeitgehöft” – 697 Gedichte von Paul Celan, für Sonifizierungsalgorithmus Celan’s work has ‘inspired’ many composers over the last fifty years, though this one reaches a rare conceptual strangeness. The composer — Johannes Kreidler —used chance procedures to determine a specific pitch for each letter in the oeuvre. The poems are separated by a half-second pause. This one involves the poems of the posthumous volume Zeitgehöft, Timestead. The instrument used to … Read more Lithophonic Celan

Finally! A “No Confidence Vote in Poetry Society”!

Well, the last time I was involved with the Poetry Society, headquartered back then (& probably even now) in Earls Court, London, was back in the early seventies when we managed by an overwhelming vote at the annual election to get a number of “us” on the board, actually enough to have a majority, & thus able to make Bob Cobbing chair, while Eric Mottram was editor of the … Read more Finally! A “No Confidence Vote in Poetry Society”!

Marché de la Poésie 2011

The pleasure of a sunny Paris weekend at the annual Marché de la Poésie on Place Saint Sulpice. The photo below taken on Friday afternoon, opening day. Haven’t been able to take any more as my iPhone decided to stop syncing with my laptop & until that little problem is solved, this will have to do.  Although the sun is bleaching out the books exhibited en premier plan, the … Read more Marché de la Poésie 2011