Michel Deguy: “Coronation”

CORONATION “The coronavirus”… already a hemistich! The epigram can cadence !   Contamination comes down the Contamines Your confines my confines confine themselves But our confines overwhelm confinement Wewe contaminates itself I hear the economy shrink in the purse-exchanges   Ten million Chinese will have lost face    Masks and videos glare & face off    Fat Trump has tweeted “No virus in the States” Putin has put God … Read more Michel Deguy: “Coronation”

Robert Kelly Events @ Louisville

  This weekend (February 20 to 22) as part of the48th Louisville Conference on Literature & Culture, there will be three panels on the poetry of Robert Kelly, as a celebration of Kelly’s work & the simultaneous publication of volume 2 of the RK books I edited: A City Full of Voice: Essays on the Work of Robert Kelly, which will available at the conference. For the full conference … Read more Robert Kelly Events @ Louisville

Ancient Antarctic ice melt increased sea levels by 3+ metres – and it could happen again. 

Via    Newsroom   & Potsdam-Institut:  12 FEB 2020 SHERRY LANDOW Rising ocean temperatures drove the melting of Antarctic ice sheets and caused extreme sea level rise more than 100,000 years ago, a new international study led by UNSW Sydney shows. Fine layers of ancient volcanic ash in the ice helped the team pinpoint when the mass melting took place. Image: AntarcticScience.com Mass melting of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet … Read more Ancient Antarctic ice melt increased sea levels by 3+ metres – and it could happen again. 

Planetary boundaries: Interactions in the Earth system amplify human impacts

Press Release by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research 16/12/2019 What we do to one part of our Earth system does not just add to what we do to other parts – transgressing one planetary boundary can amplify human impacts on another one. For the first time, an international team of scientists now quantified some of the planetary-scale interactions in the Earth system. These biophysical interactions have in … Read more Planetary boundaries: Interactions in the Earth system amplify human impacts

A City Full of Voices

Essays on the Work of Robert Kelly Robert Kelly is one of the major and most prolific American poets of our time. Between 1961 when his first collection, Armed Descent, was published by Hawk’s Well Press, and Seaspel, brought out in 2019 by Lunar Chandelier Collective, Kelly has published some 66+ books of poetry as well as 14 volumes of prose, including novels, short stories, & essays. A City Full of Voices is the … Read more A City Full of Voices

Scorpionic Sun by Mohamed Khaïr-Eddine

Poetry | Mohammed Khaïr-Eddine, translated by Conor Bracken | September 2019 & with a preface by Pierre Joris Cleveland State Poetry Center 978-1-880834-38-1 124 pgs Release Date September 10, 2019  from my Preface: From the start I located MKE in a constellation of poet-workers in the French language that lit & linked my night sky across the Atlantic: two in France itself (though both fierce travelers through much of … Read more Scorpionic Sun by Mohamed Khaïr-Eddine

Against Erasure: Art and Sudan’s Sit-in

& once again via & thanks to the great work ArabLit is doing: JUNE 15, 2019 More than 100 people were killed and hundreds injured in the government’s June 3 attack on a sit-in in Khartoum, where protesters were gathered to demand justice, accountability, and choice in their future governance. The sit-in site had also been a site for art: By Lemya Shammat Before it was brutally stormed at … Read more Against Erasure: Art and Sudan’s Sit-in

Initiated instability in West Antarctica might be the fastest on the continent

Press Release by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research 13/06/2019 All around the Antarctic coastline there are ice sheet instabilities waiting to be triggered. If this happens ice flows inexorably into the ocean and raises sea levels worldwide. The one region where instability likely has already been initiated by a warming of the ocean is probably the region which collapses faster than any other, find scientists from the … Read more Initiated instability in West Antarctica might be the fastest on the continent

In Celebration of Amjad Nasser, a Poet Who ‘Mourns Himself While Still Alive’

Via the always excellent ArabLit came the news this morning of Amjad Nasser’s illness. I met him many years ago, in Paris, & he & his writing were immediately very close to me. It was he who sent me a xerox of the out-of-print English translation of Niffari’s Book of Stations, a sufi concept — the station, the maw’qif — that would become essential to a core aspect of my … Read more In Celebration of Amjad Nasser, a Poet Who ‘Mourns Himself While Still Alive’