Ardour: the flame of desire; a spiritual, sexual, or physical burning; a passion that the OED tells us now connotes only “generous or noble impulses” though once it could speak of evil. It’s a word I rarely use or hear spoken in conversation. When I think of reading it, I recall English novels. In these stories a girlish face turns upward to receive a kiss; it is the kiss that is imposed with ardour, the girl’s lover who is ardent. When I read for “ardour” online, the books at the top of the list my search returns are religious, moral, martial.
In a post-riot-grrrl world, it’s hard for those of us who were too young for the theoretical debates of the eighties to understand the amount of collective cognitive labor that was required to move us from feminism’s second wave to its third. We easily take for granted the radical cultural shifts that had to take place for Kathleen Hanna’s emergence on stage with the word ‘slut’ written on her belly to be seen as a populist punk feminist act, until we are kindly reminded otherwise.
Nicole Brossard is one of Québec’s leading poets, novelists, and literary theorists, and has published more than thirty books since 1965, including These Our Mothers, Lovhers, Mauve Desert and Baroque at Dawn. Brossard also co-founded La Barre du Jour and La Nouvelle Barre du Jour, two important literary journals in Québec.
I. Filiations Jennifer Moxley Dérive-ations: Pierre Joris & the Drift of Tradition Franca Bellarsi On the Road of Nomadic Poetics: Pierre Joris and the Beats in Conversation Christopher Rizzo Essaying the Illiterary: Pierre Joris, Charles Olson and the Event of Writing Dale Smith The Newly American
US – Géographèmes (Joris in response to Cockelbergh)
II. En route Robert Kelly NOMAD: a Meditation on Pierre Joris’ Nomad Poetics Louis Armand NOMAD IS THIS Charles Bernstein in conversation with Pierre Joris Close Listening Corina Ciocârlie Adrift. Travelling with Pierre Joris Allen Fisher Cogent Attention in the Work of Pierre Joris