Archive for September, 2012

TOM CLARK: Martín Adán: The Cardboard House

Muelle des Pescadores, Chorrillos, Lima, Peru: photo by Jorge Arias R., 16 September 2011

TOM CLARK: Martín Adán: The Cardboard House.

Bettye LaVette Discusses 30 Years of Sex with Women : : Band of Thebes

Bettye LaVette Discusses 30 Years of Sex with Women

Poems and Poetics: Clayton Eshleman: From ERRATICS, Introduction & Sections 1-6

Poems and Poetics: Clayton Eshleman: From ERRATICS, Introduction & Sections 1-6.

Ghazal, by Bidel Dehlavi – Asymptote


Bidel Dehlavi

Your hair shines from the sun’s shadow.
Your musk lines break in the sun’s letters.
Imagination founders when overcome by love.
The pearl on the edge of the sea is a deep sun.
To me, your oppression is freedom from the light.
The last shadow passes from itself to the sun.
Even after our wild fortune has fallen low,
the sun still shines on our nakedness.
Sinking miraculously, its light frolics beautifully.
The flower’s dew cuts through the sun.
Everywhere, your face is overwhelmed
by its beauty as its rays strike the earth.
It is a rare gift to boast of nothingness.
The pearl of astonishment blooms beneath the sun,
selling the soul while gliding over your face. Bidel,
like the dawn, make your movement through life a turn to the sun.

translated from the Persian by Rebecca Gould

Ghazal – Asymptote.

Coda, by Ezra Pound


O my songs,

Why do you look so eagerly and so curiously into people’s faces,

Will you find your lost dead among them?

Ezra Pound


Thunderbird – Dorothea Lasky : Small Press Distribution

Dorothea Lasky Reads from Thunderbird / SPD

Adrienne Rich 1929 – 2012 : : Tributes Gather

Adrienne Rich :: Tributes Gather

Adrienne Rich, the poet who changed poetry and from her poetry changed the lives of women, died this year on March 28. The New York Times printed her obituary on the front page, a singular honor and testament to the poet, writer, essayist, lesbian, feminist, and scholar who’s life’s work would comprise over thirty books and numerous prizes. The New Yorker stated: “The death of Adrienne Rich marks not only the end of a long and transcendent literary career . . . but the end of a kind of poetry that mattered in the world beyond poetry.” The New York Times wrote: “ . . . a poet of towering reputation and towering rage, whose work — distinguished by an unswerving progressive vision and a dazzling, empathic ferocity — brought the oppression of women and lesbians to the forefront of poetic discourse and kept it there for nearly a half-century . . . .”  ~ Donna Fleischer

There are six events for Adrienne Rich to occur this fall. All are open to the public:

Monday, October 1, 2012, 8:00 pm in Cambridge, MA – the Blacksmith House Poetry Series hosts Tribute to Adrienne Rich. 42 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA. Tickets $3.00. Someone from the Rich family will speak briefly. .

Sunday, October 28, 2012, 4:00 pm at the Stata Center, MIT, Cambridge, MA – The New Words Remnants Collective, Women, Action & the Media (WAM !) and The Graduate Consortium of Women’s Studies presents Reading and Remembering Adrienne Rich: A Celebration and Tribute with Alison Bechdel, Robin Becker, Cynthia Enloe, Evelynn Hammonds, and Kate Rushin. 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge, MA. This is a free event with open seating without tickets or reservations. Directions:

In early November Adrienne Rich’s lifelong publisher, W. W. Norton will publish
Later Poems: Selected and New 1971 – 2012.

Friday, November 9, 2012, 8:00 pm in New York City, NY at the 92nd Street Y,
1395 Lexington Ave and 92nd Street. Someone from the Rich family will speak briefly. .

Tuesday, November 13, 2012, 7:00 pm in Hartford, CT – the Charter Oak Cultural Center hosts A Tribute to Adrienne Rich, organized by Bessy Reyna with presentations by Donna Fleischer, Yehudit Heller, Randall Horton, and John Stanizzi, and readings of her work by Norah Christianson, Ginny Connors, Lorna Cyr, James Finnegan, David Garnes, Catherine Hoyser, Elizabeth Kincaid-Ehlers, Leslie McGrath, Nancy Otter, Kate Rushin, Jessica Treat, and Faith Vicinanza.  21 Charter Oak Avenue, Hartford, CT.  For further information visit this link: .

Sunday, December 2, 2012, time TBA, in Santa Cruz, CA – Bookshop Santa Cruz hosts Robert Hass, Brenda Hillman, Bettina Aptheker, Michael Warr, and others to be announced. Santa Cruz High School Auditorium, 415 Walnut Avenue, downtown Santa Cruz, CA. Someone from the Rich family will speak briefly. Around October 20, this event will be listed online with more information at the following link: .

Adrienne Rich reads poems appearing in Leaflets, The Will to Change (1971), Diving into the Wreck (1973), and The Fact of a Doorframe (2002) :

Adrienne Rich Reads Selections from 1971 through 2002

Adrienne Rich / The Poetry Foundation

Selected Obituaries at Word Pond

Information compiled by Donna Fleischer

Mary Lou Williams’ Dirge Blues from A Longhouse Birdhouse, SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2012 VOICE ~

Mary Lou Williams in a photograph by W. Eugene Smith

TOM CLARK: Clean Sheets ~ Janet Frame and Gerhard Richter

Untitled: Gerhard Richter, 1965 

TOM CLARK: Clean Sheets.

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“Text: my body – shot through with streams of song” – Helene Cixous considered through Theodor Adorno’s negative dialectic « Aaron Asphar: poetry, critical theory + philosophy.

It’s a great loss to announce that Aaron Asphar’s  blog from whence this post derived has gone dark. Knowing Aaron, one glorious day (or night) it may reappear. Meanwhile, rather than delete this post I wish to share a quotation from Aaron Asphar commenting on Hélène Cixous’s The Laugh of the Medusa:

One of the most crucial insights of Freudian psychoanalysis is that the psyche has a social history, not just the Western or social psyche but the monadic modern individual, one in which its language is its history. What Cixous saw was a psychosocial-historical opportunity for a radical self-extrication from Western self-alienation, not just female oppression but Western heteronomy, or dissociative psyche, hence be the catalyst of the transformation for…

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