- June 8th, 2015on The Travels of Daniel Ascher, a novel by Déborah Lévy-Bertherat, trans. by Adriana Hunter (Other Press)
In March 1942, German SS officers and their French hosts began deporting Jews from the Gare d’Austerlitz in Paris to their deaths in Eastern Europe. Before being led onto convoys by French gendarmes, Jews were held in a crumbling housing project at Drancy, a northern suburb.
- May 28th, 2015on Paper Collage by Georges Perros, translated by John Taylor (Seagull Books/University of Chicago Press)
“I write. It’s not my trade. No trade resembles man. It’s what I can do,” writes Georges Perros in the third and final edition of Papiers collés (Paper Collage), the aphoristic literary and philosophical jottings for which he is best known. He continues: “I know that if I’m not writing, something is not quite right and announces a catastrophe.
- May 13th, 2015
With On Elizabeth Bishop, the novelist Colm Tóibín presents an appreciative introduction to Bishop’s life and work, as well as an occasion for Bishop lovers to pick The Complete Poems, 1927-1979 off the shelf and revive the old pleasures. Encountering her poetry, Bishop’s new readers have often wondered if she provides more or less than meets the eye.
- May 5th, 2015
Soon it was my turn to sit with the body.
They took away my navel orange and bottle of water,
since to chew and swallow, acts now impossible for the body,
would mock when respect is most required.
My cousins the lawyers sorted through things
in his apartment -- where’s the will, the accounts,
the insurance policy? He lived alone there
- April 20th, 2015
Welcome to The Seawall’s semi-annual poetry feature. This season, twelve poets write briefly on some of their favorite recently published titles. This multi-poet/title feature is posted here in April and November. The commentary includes:
on The Do-Over by Kathleen Ossip (Sarabande)
on Digest by Gregory Pardlo (Four Way Books)
- April 13th, 2015
Ban en Banlieue is a tour-de-force hybrid text, “an intense autobiography” whose performance notes, rituals, photographs, journal entries, short fictions, end-notes, and appendix Bhanu Kapil assembles in the aftermath of “a novel never written.” Kapil, a British-Indian emigrant living in Colorado, documents her failure to write a historical novel about a 1979 race riot in a mostly