Commentaries

Kazim Ali: Four New Poems & an Excerpt from an Interview

[NOTE. Kazim Ali was born in the United Kingdom and has lived transnationally in the United States, Canada, India, France, and the Middle East. His books encompass multiple genres, including the volumes of poetry InquisitionSky WardThe Far MosqueThe Fortieth DayAll One’s Blue, and the cross-genre texts Bright Felon and Wind Instrument. His novels include the recently published The Secret Room: A String Quartet and among his books of essays are the hybrid memoir Silver Road: Essays, Maps & Calligraphies, and Fasting for Ramadan: Notes from a Spiritual Practice. He is also an accomplished translator (of Marguerite Duras, Sohrab Sepehri, Ananda Devi, Mahmoud Chokrollahi and others) and an editor of several anthologies and books of criticism. He is currently a Professor of Literature at the University of California, San Diego. His newest books are a volume of three long poems entitled The Voice of Sheila Chandra and a memoir of his Canadian childhood, Northern Light.]

Crumpled Up

 

Debris crushed to flowers made

summer you will thought swam

Shard have this ember

rendered member of the body whose

urge surged swerve and shine

ocean opens shone hours

ours to contrail pretends

Extreme texts in new locales: 'At the Dusk of Literature?'

CFP for an upcoming conference at the University of Łódź

We at J2 are pleased to share a call for papers for the upcoming conference At the Dusk of Literature? — Twenty-First-Century North American Writing in Extremis. Editor Divya Victor will appear as the conference’s keynote speaker and draws from her recent J2 feature, “Extreme Texts.” 

We at J2 are pleased to share a call for papers for the upcoming conference At the Dusk of Literature? — Twenty-First-Century North American Writing in Extremis. Editor Divya Victor will appear as the conference’s keynote speaker and draws from her recent J2 feature, “Extreme Texts.” 

From the CFP:

El Corno Emplumado / The Plumed Horn

A voice of nonconformity

El Corno Emplumado red cover with black text

Within The Little Magazine in America Collection at DU Libraries is a complete run of Sergio Mondragón and Margaret Randall’s El Corno Emplumado / The Plumed Horn, edited in Mexico City from January 1962 through July 1969. A primarily bilingual quarterly, the magazine published thirty-one issues that include work from writers and artists across the world, though many were located in Latin and North America at the time of publication.

University College Dublin: Reading & Conversation

My reading and conversation at University College Dublin on Dec. 2, 2019

Conversation with João Paulo Guimarães, introduced by Ian Davidson:  

Citizenship in contest

Orchid Tierney

Orchid Tierney rounds out the year with three reviews of 2019 poetry titles.