- December 21st, 2014
Yesterday I watched “A Life Together,” Bill Moyers’ 1993 film on Donald Hall and Jane Kenyon. The imagery and narrative will be familiar to those who have read Hall’s essays of the last five decades – Eagle Farm and its generations, the marriage and habits of the poets, the accounting of their illnesses and household habits, the sounds of their poems.
- December 10th, 2014
Now living in Turin, the architect Matteo Pericoli often teaches a university course called “Laboratory of Literary Architecture” for both creative writing and design students. On the course’s web page, he writes, “How many times have we paused while reading a book and had the feeling that we were inside a structure built, knowingly or unknowingly, by the writer?
- December 4th, 2014on Openwork, poems by André du Bouchet, translated by Paul Auster and Hoyt Rogers (Yale University Press)
Of the French poets who launched the influential culture and arts magazine L’Éphémère in 1966, Yves Bonnefoy and Paul Celan are the ones most familiar to Anglophone readers. Limited selections of the poetry of their colleague, André du Bouchet, translated by Paul Auster and David Mus, were published respectively in 1976 and 2000.
- November 10th, 2014
Welcome to The Seawall’s semi-annual poetry feature. This season, thirteen poets write briefly on some of their favorite new and recent titles. This multi-poet/title feature is posted here in April and November. The commentary includes:
on Slant Six by Erin Belieu (Copper Canyon Press)
- November 3rd, 2014
Hypnos by René Char, translated by Mark Hutchinson (Seagull Books/University of Chicago Press)
American Pulp: How Paperbacks Brought Modernism to Main Street by Paula Rabinowitz (Princeton University Press)
Air Raid by Alexander Kluge, with an afterword by W.E. Sebald (Seagull Books/University of Chicago Press)
- October 28th, 2014
The essential facts of Edward Limonov’s life are spelled out on the cover of Emmanuel Carrère’s book: He is born Edward Savenko in Dzerzhinsk, Ukraine in 1943 just as twenty million Russians die at the hands of the Germans. Stalin is the savior of those who survive. His father is a low-level NKVD official.