Posts Tagged ‘vagula’
POETIC CAPITAL IN CIRCULATION (@ ALCA, NYU)
POETIC CAPITAL IN CIRCULATION (@ ALCA, NYU)

Please join Ignacio Infante and I for a seminar surrounding the translation of avant-garde poetics across national and oceanic bounds, and the political convolutions that arise from this contact and transmutation—at the American Comparative Literature Association Conference in New York City (New York University). I’ll be speaking about the collaboration between poets, architects, and ex-Fascists […]

TRANSLATING RADICAL WOMEN POETS (@ AWP)
TRANSLATING RADICAL WOMEN POETS (@ AWP)

We crash the salon and the nationwide ice with some radical women in Seattle next Thursday, at the Associated Writing Programs Annual Conference! I’ll be discussing radicalism and rootedness, or disrootedness, in the writing and ethnomusicological research of polyglot postwar modernist Amelia Rosselli. Be there: Room 611, Washington State Convention Center, Level 6, Seattle, WA […]

DISINTEGRATING CANTONS (IN CALGARY)
DISINTEGRATING CANTONS (IN CALGARY)

a lecture/reading at the University of Calgary, Thursday, November 21, 2013: DISINTEGRATING CANTONS IN TRANSLATION: THE SHAPE OF A TRANSNATIONAL LANGUAGE Dr. Jennifer Scappettone – Department of English Language and Literature, University of Chicago Modernist fantasies of communication that might absorb the fragmented tongues of Babel led to transformations of the shape, sound, and materiality […]

MOBILITY AND ROOTEDNESS

This Friday, in St. Louis, courtesy of Ignacio Infante and the Washington University Center for the Humanities: Mobility and Rootedness in Literature Symposium February 8, 2013 – 10:00am Umrath Hall, Umrath Lounge Keynote Address: “Writing in Translation” Rebecca Walkowitz, Associate Professor of English, Rutgers University, Walter Jackson Bate Fellow, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study Followed […]

SISYPHUS, OUTDONE.
SISYPHUS, OUTDONE.

Sisyphus, Outdone. Theatres of the Catastrophal, by Nathanaël, was launched into the world at the Corpse Space on Milwaukee Avenue last Wednesday evening, in the presence of the author and Daniel Borzutsky (my discussants in open conversation), and a sizeable yet intimate crowd. This is one of a score of books recently issued by Nathanaël, […]

FORMA-CUBO/CUBE-FORM
FORMA-CUBO/CUBE-FORM

In which I chat with Cris Mattison about the cube as poetic constraint and Pentecostal space of all possible rhythms—presented in tandem with relevant translations of Amelia Rosselli and my own experiments in the cube form, courtesy of Zoland Poetry.

THE ENCYCLOPEDIA RERISES,
THE ENCYCLOPEDIA RERISES,

Phoenixlike, and I am thrilled to be launching the Xs in this venerable fracas of a tome with a new entry on “xenoglossia” and the dream of a common language. To order, click to The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics….    

LOCOMOTRIX, POETRY, OCCUPATION
LOCOMOTRIX, POETRY, OCCUPATION

A review of Locomotrix: Selected Poetry and Prose of Amelia Rosselli by Marco Giovenale appeared in last Thursday’s Il manifesto, one of the precious dailies that covers experimental aesthetics. Read the review as a .pdf on Charles Bernstein’s blog. (And consider making a donation to the newspaper, endangered by the financial crisis!) In the print […]

ONE MAN’S VERDANT PORTICO
ONE MAN'S VERDANT PORTICO

Is another man’s mortar: from Hadrian to Maxentius along the Appian Way, frescoed sea-horse becomes filler for an unfinished throne room wall. Our archaeological Virgil through it all (drawings, lacunae-riddled plans, 3D scanners, holes full of dirt and equivocal chunks) enjoying his job exactly as much as one reckons he oughta.    

BY DESIGN
BY DESIGN

Nature once again reflecting culture, making its own vertigo and mask for a friend in what remains of the ingeniously experimental Greek baths.

DEVASTATION AS MONUMENT
DEVASTATION AS MONUMENT

Before the famed memorials designed by Eisenmann and Lin, in 1985-89, rose Alberto Burri’s high concrete sacks of a citywide Cretto: grey foundations as petrifaction and geometrical shroud for the rubble of the town of Gibellina—Gibbiddina in Sicilian, from the Arabic Gebel Zghir (“small mountain/height”)—medieval in aspect, though founded before the Greek settlements of Magna […]

TOWN PRIDE
TOWN PRIDE

“Non ci passa una lira,” says the lady we meet surveying her high plaza with diamond facade from the waist up, and who justifies our afternoon chocolates by identifying us as her “children” to a daughter several minutes later. Not a cent passes through here yet everywhere—pizzerias, baseball caps, banks—is the immense unidentified Hellenistic goddess […]

CASTLE WITH IMPATIENCE
CASTLE WITH IMPATIENCE

Odescalchi, host of hushed stories of past horribleness, with dashboard, to be precise.

CURIOSITY
CURIOSITY

Unakin to the dogged determination of research leading in obedient step to professionalization, the navigation of cities and the production of poetry will always repay the errant seekings of curiosity off the Corso: look further, a second and a third time, for patterns, stances. Especially in Rome….  

DESUETUDE
DESUETUDE

A fancied word so unfortunate in animation: in the woods punctuated by grazing fields for horses lined by modern sewers, the farthest reaches of the Aqua Paola (e Traiana), great outmoded infrastructural gift, at a tilt, leaking sporadic showers, and in expected picturesque disrepair: contemporary Ruskins our hunters from England hastening to capture the destruction […]

WRITING AS DRAWING
WRITING AS DRAWING

And drawing as writing in the work of William Kentridge: the potential, I surmise in listening to this brilliant lecture and conversation, to reintroduce provisionality to a stultifying historical record, just as it’s constantly introduced to the Johannesburg landscape of burnt felt (charcoal terrain that draws itself) and mounds of hollow-fallout in crusades for gold: […]

X LOCUS (ABLUVION)
X LOCUS (ABLUVION)

“For those who submitted to disorientation, it was a success.” “Submit,” says Tom: “that’s the perfect word.” An old archaeologist friend, alongside whom I worked at my first and only dig, two decades ago, veering over the hole listening for voices. Hearing the unconscious, seeing the strata of history in the strata of bricks above […]

NEW AMSTERDAM
NEW AMSTERDAM

And our favorite stone carver, who taught us so much about Rome, shows up on the other side of the world in another medium as our M and S did on East 10th, via an animate map at the tip of just-expired Mannahatta, timed for the 400th anniversary of Hudson’s voyage up the river. Diane […]

WIGHT
WIGHT

Following an interview with Curtis Fox, further research into the vagaries of the word “wight,” from the first cherished line of Shakespeare’s sonnet 106: by his time it means not just creature, but ghost.

X LOCUS
X LOCUS

On Thursday, April 28 at 8 PM in the cortile of the McKim, Mead and White Building at the American Academy in Rome, there will be an opening reception for a collaborative installation titled X LOCUS, featuring environmental media by Founders Rome Prize winners in Architecture Ersela Kripa and Stephen Mueller, sound by Elliott Carter […]

ELLIS ISLAND & BACK
ELLIS ISLAND & BACK

If only the latterday racists who pasted up the thankfully worn & bleaching anti-immigration posters in the neighborhood would take a look at The Emigrants depicted in 1895 by Angiolo Tommasi waiting to embark in Genova (at the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna)—however romantic, in its display of backs and packages at large a later version […]

INSIDE THE CLAUDIAN AQUEDUCT (AL CELIO)
INSIDE THE CLAUDIAN AQUEDUCT (AL CELIO)

Of St. John de Matha, founder of the Trinitarians: the aqueduct hermitage where he lived and died, on 17 December 1213, atop the Caelian hill, over the Arch of Dolabella, looks out onto San Tommaso in Formis, the Villa Celimontana, and the other tall curves of the Acqua Claudia, or Claudian Aqueduct—and the seemingly interminable, […]

BOOKS AS BALLS
BOOKS AS BALLS

Why shouldn’t poems roll across the floor? From Emilio Villa’s The Rolling Balls: Hydrological Antistructures, With 6 Silkscreens (Rome: Edar, 1969), in collaboration with Silvio Craia and Giorgio Cegna….

HYPOPRESENT
HYPOPRESENT

And the breathless dust of realization that obsession with the language of Emilio Villa and his precursors so deep down and far (hyperpast) really could drive a reader madly into the underbelly of the moment, delightsomely.


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