Little Sparta Reading

Pierre Joris — Nicole Peyrafitte — Ken Cockburn — Lila Matsumoto Poetry reading at Little Sparta – the garden of Ian Hamilton Finlay [in the temple of Bauchis & Philemon if wet]  The ticket price includes: return transport (if applicable, depending on ticket type selected) from  University Avenue (at John McIntyre building), Glasgow or  adjacent to Bristow Square (outside the Student Centre), Edinburgh; admission to the garden (with your choice … Read more Little Sparta Reading

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

Giving Everything: On Diane Di Prima

from the Los Angeles Review of Books Dale Smith Giving Everything: On Diane Di Prima THE POET DIANE DI PRIMA faces serious health problems, including Parkinson’s disease, the loss of her teeth, and a degenerative failure of vision brought on by glaucoma. The 78-year-old Beat legend continues treatments for these and other health-related problems while her partner, Sheppard Powell, recovers from a liver transplant performed earlier this year. Di … Read more Giving Everything: On Diane Di Prima

Captain Poetry’s Sucker Punch

I don’t like Big Beach Novels for the summer, as novels invariably wind up boring me, but I do enjoy having a Big Booke of something-or-other to schlepp around from airport lounge to train station to rental car office — & to whatever home or motel or inn I’ll rest my bones reading, reading, reading. Happy to report that I most likely have found that book for this summer: Kenneth Warren’s … Read more Captain Poetry’s Sucker Punch

Jack Foley’s “Big Boke”

 Nice big homage last August to Foley & his very large new book — nearly 1300 pages, two volumes — by Evan Karp in SFGate. Opening paras below: Jack Foley a rich chapter in Bay Area poetry scene Mathew Sumner / Special to the Chronicle Jack Foley, 71, took a decade to write his 1,300-page book, “Visions and Affiliations,” covering 65 years of Bay Area poets and poetry. If Jack … Read more Jack Foley’s “Big Boke”

Nadezhda Mandelstam on Akhmatova

This via signandsight: Friendship in the time of terror Nadezhda Mandelstam’s unique personal tribute to poet Anna Akhmatova Although the Russian poet Anna Akhmatova (1889–1966) never received the highest literary honour, the Nobel Prize, the veneration she enjoyed during her lifetime as well as her ever increasing posthumous fame have made her one of the luminary figures of modern Europe. Few authors of the past century have been portrayed more often in paintings, … Read more Nadezhda Mandelstam on Akhmatova

38th Annual New Year’s Day Marathon Benefit Reading

SUNDAY JAN 1 / 3PM – 1AM St. Mark’s Church | 131 E. 10th Street New York, NY 10003 Featuring over 140 Poets & Performers including: Ace Mcnamara, Alan Licht, Alex Dimitrov, Amy King, Ana Božičević, Anne Tardos, Anne Waldman, Anselm Berrigan, Ariana Reines, Arthur’s Landing, Barry Denny, Basil King, Betsy Fagin, Bill Kushner, Billy Lamont, Bob Hershon, Bob Rosenthal, Brenda Coultas, Brendan Lorber, Brett Price, Bruce Andrews & … Read more 38th Annual New Year’s Day Marathon Benefit Reading

Dave Brinks: Fundraiser Celebrating Nola Culture 17 hours remaining

Dear Friends, As Louis Armstrong says, “Everything I’ve ever done is dedicated to the cause of HAPPINESS!” And so we tip our hats to you, and to the fine spirit of Louis’ credo, and thank you dearly for your vibrant support in celebrating New Orleans culture! Please join hands with us at 17 Poets! Literary & Performance Series. Be a part of our fundraiser! Help us continue to provide FREE world class POETRY EVENTS in the New Orleans community; go here: We have succesfully raised … Read more Dave Brinks: Fundraiser Celebrating Nola Culture 17 hours remaining