Commentaries

Pierre Joris

Extracts from: 'Various Variable Words Variably Arranged in the Form of a Celebratory Talk-Essay on Language & Luxembourg on the Occasion of Receiving the 2020 Batty Weber Award'

I left Paris in 1967 not only because I had quit medical school to become a writer (Paris too does have some writers, right?) but because I had decided to write in English — or more accurately in American English. If French or German (and now, Luxembourgish) are the likely languages a citizen of the Grand Duchy normally decides between on the way to becoming a writer, I, except for very few teenage tries in those languages, always preferred that other one, my fourth language.

Lila Zemborain's 9/11 poem: a video

Lila Zemborain and Lorenzo Bueno read from Rasgado/Torn, Zemborain’s 9/11 poem, recorded in 2021. Rasgado (Buenos Aires: Tse-Tse, 2006) is a poetic diary written by Lila Zemborain one year after 9/11. Lorenzo Bueno, her son, is the translator of the book. Additional translation by Rosa Alcala. The reading, presented by Rebel Road, was recorded in New York on August 25, 2021, twenty years after 9/11.

'Post-pleistocene relic world'

Alternative communities and writing, part 2

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Photograph by Jaime Groetsema. Courtesy of Naropa University Archives.

Is it necessary to think about community from an ecological point of view? If so, would our depicted world community be more populated with trees than our current ecological moment?

Naropa archive recording title: Alternative Communities and Writing 
Date of recording: June 09, 2003
Panelists: Anne Waldman (Chair), Eleni Sikelianos, Peter Warshall, Ed Sanders, Marcella Durand, Robin Blaser.

Baking with Emily Dickinson

An interview with Houghton librarians Christine Jacobson and Emily Walhout on your virtual birthday party

Some of the readers included the poet and performer Tracie Morris, the television showrunner and creator of Apple TV’s Dickinson, Alena Smith, NPR’s Nikki Silva, cocreator of “The Kitchen Sisters,” Rachel Syme of the New Yorkerpoet and Shayla Lawson, the young poet and model Amanda Gorman, and more exciting artists and writers. We were able to watch a preview of Dickinson with Alena’s reading.

 

Libarians Christine Jacobson and Emily Walhout introduction (courtesy of the Houghton Library).

Vulnerabilities at the end of the world

Orchid Tierney

Orchid Tierney reviews three 2021 titles that explore survival in periods of crisis: Poem That Never Ends by Silvina López Medin (Essay Press, 2021); A Feeling Called Heaven by Joey Yearous-Algozin (Nightboat Books, 2021); and Curb by Divya Victor (Nightboat Books, 2021).