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POEM BY TERRANCE HAYES

THE CARPENTER ANT


It was when or because she became two kinds
of mad, both a feral nail biting into a plank
and a deranged screw cranking into a wood beam,
the aunt—I shouldn’t say her name,


went at the fullest hour of the night,
the moon there like an unflowered bulb
in a darkness like mud, or covered in darkness
as a bulb or skull is covered in mud,


the small brown aunt who, before she went mad,
taught herself to carpenter and unhinged,
in her madness, the walls she claimed
were bugged with a tiny red-eyed device


planted by the State or Satan’s agents, ghosts
of atheists, her foes, or worse, the walls
were full of the bugs she believed crawled
from her former son-in-law’s crooked mouth,


the aunt, who knows as all creatures know,
you have to be rooted in something tangible
as wood if you wish to dream in peace,
took her hammer with its claw like a mandible


to her own handmade housing humming,
“I don’t know whyGod keeps blessing me,”
softly madly, and I understood, I was with her
when …

Guest Review: Hirschhorn on North African Literature

Norbert Hirschhorn reviews
Poems for the Millennium [Volume 4]
The University of California Book of North
African Literature, edited by Pierre Joris and Habib Tengour, 2012

This is the fourth volume in the series, Poems for the Millennium, begun by Jerome Rothenberg and Pierre Joris under the imprint of the University of California. The first published in 1995 is titled Book of Modern & Postmodern Poetry from Fin-de-Siécle to Negritude; the second (1998), subtitled From Postwar to Millennium; the third (with Jeffrey C. Robinson as co-editor, 2009) presented Romantic & Postromantic Poetry. The series gives prominence to writers both within and outside the western canon, with emphases on political engagement and experimental forms, including poetic prose. Each omnium-gatherum is 700-900 pages long.

In the introduction to the first volume the editors describe their project ambitiously as a “global anthology of twentieth-century modernism with an emphasis on those international and nat…

THE SHOP: POP UP POETRY ON PORTOBELLO ROAD JULY 1-7 FROM CB EDITIONS/EYEWEAR!

Wow - Paddington Bear would have loved to get his paws on this shop's books on the fabled Portobello road he so loved to visit...

COME BY AND ENJOY SOME WINE, SOME POETRY, SOME POETRY BOOK BROWSING/ BUYING. 201 PORTOBELLO ROAD, NOTTING HILL, LONDON, JULY 1-7 2013....

HERE ARE THE COOL EVENTS (POP UP TEN MINUTE READINGS)...



Monday  1st July


Evening: 7 pm-8 pm: Eyewear party, with reading by Mark Ford


Tuesday 2nd July   


Day readers: 2.30 pm, Leah Fritz; 3.30 pm, Kimberly Campanello; 4 pm, Christopher Reid;  4.30 pm, Astrid Alben


Wednesday 3rd July


Day readers: 1.30 pm, Tim Dooley; 2.30 Tim Wells; 3 pm, Fiona Curran; 3 pm Andrew Motion; 4 pm, Sandeep Parmar & James Byrne


Evening: Flipped Eye event:
6 pm: Sarah Westcott – runner up in the first Venture Award, reading from her new pamphlet Inklings for followed by Q&A/signing.
6.45pm Introducing The mouthmark Book of Poetry – a hardback anthology of all the single-author pamphlets produced under the mouthmark series, including Jacob…

Qu’importe maintenant?

Aufgabe 12Featuring poetry in translation from Quebec
guest edited by Oana AvasilichioaeiWhat does it matter now? What matters now? What is the matter now? What is now’s matter? All possible transversions of Jean-Marc Desgent’s questioning title Qu’importe maintenant? Works by the following fourteen writers, presented in American and Canadian English translations from the Quebecois French by twelve translators, are possible responses: Geneviève Desrosiers      Benoit Jutras
     Nicole Brossard
     Chantal Neveu
     Franz Schürch
     Suzanne Leblanc
     Steve Savage
     Philippe Charron
     Renée Gagnon
     Daniel Canty
     François Turcot
     Martine Audet
     Kim Doré
     Jean-Marc Desgent


To check out the issue or purchase a copy go to:  
http://www.litmuspress.org/aufgabe-12/
or
http://www.amazon.ca/Aufgabe-No-12-Tracy-Grinnell/dp/1933959185/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1372084707&sr=8-4&keywords=Aufgabe+12