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· Emerald Wounds: Selected Poems by Joyce Mansour · Maureen N. McLane: What You Want. Poems · Eileen Myles: a “Working Life” · Sophie Marceau: La Souterraine · Richard Meier: A Duration · Tammy Nguyen: O · Edna St. Vincent Millay: Travel (Poem) · Friedrich Nietzsche: Das Wort · Cees Nooteboom: Zo worden jaren tijd. Gedichten 2022-1955 · A Thousand Times You Lose Your Treasure by Hoa Nguyen · Manifest voor een nieuwe wereld: Marinetti en het Futurisme · Christian Morgenstern: Der Rabe Ralf

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Emerald Wounds: Selected Poems by Joyce Mansour

Joyce Mansour (1928–1986), a Syrian Jewish exile from Egypt, was born in England.

She became a well known female poet, author of 16 books of poetry, as well as a number of important prose and theatre pieces.

Mansour was 25 years old when she published her first book in Paris in 1953.

Her fierce, macabre, erotically charged works caught the eye of André Breton, who welcomed her into his Surrealist group and became her lifelong friend and ally.

Despite her success in surrealist circles, her books received scant attention from the literary establishment, which is hardly surprising since Mansour’s favorite topics happened to be two of society’s greatest fears: death and unfettered female desire.

She lived in Paris, France until her death in 1986 at the age of 58.

Now, over half a century later, Mansour’s time has come. Emerald Wounds collects her most important work, spanning the entire arc of her career, from the gothic, minimalist fragments of her first published work to the serpentine power of her poems of the 1980s.

In fresh new translations, Mansour’s voice surges forth uncensored and raw, communicating the frustrations, anger, and sadness of an intelligent, worldly woman who defies the constraints and oppression of a male-dominated society. Mansour is a poet the world needs today.

“You know very well, Joyce, that you are for me –and very objectively too– the greatest poet of our time. Surrealist poetry, that’s you.” –André Breton


“A woman created the sun

Inside her

And her hands were beautiful

The earth plunged beneath her feet

Assailing her with the fertile breath

Of volcanoes “


Emerald Wounds: Selected Poems
by Joyce Mansour (Author)
Garrett Caples (Editor)
Emilie Moorhouse (Translator)
Published by City Lights
ISBN: 9780872869011
July 25, 2023
217 pages
26,99 euro

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Maureen N. McLane: What You Want. Poems

In her first book of poems since the scintillating More Anon: Selected Poems, Maureen N. McLane offers a bravura, trenchant sounding out of inner and outer weathers.

What You Want is a book of core landscapes, mindscapes, and shifting moods. Meditative, lyrical, alert to seasons and pressures on our shared life, McLane registers and shapes an ambient unease.

Whether skying with John Constable or walking on wintry paths in our precarious republic, the poet channels what Wordsworth called “moods of my own mind” while she scans for our common horizon.

Here are poems filled with gulls and harbors, blinking red lights and empty lobster traps, beach roses and rumored sharks, eels and crows, wind turbines and superhighways.

From Sappho to the Luminist painter Fitz Henry Lane, from constellations to microplastics, What You Want is a book alive to the cosmos as well as to our moment, with its many vexations and intermittent illuminations.

In poems of powerful command and delicate invitation, moving from swift notations to sustained sequences, this collection sees McLane testing what (if anything) might “outlast the coming heat.”

And meanwhile, “There’s no end / to beauty and shit.”

Maureen N. McLane is a poet, memoirist, critic, and educator. She has published eight books of poetry, including This Blue, Finalist for the National Book Award, and Some Say, Finalist for the Audre Lorde/Publishing Triangle Award and for The Believer Award in Poetry. She is also the author of an experimental hybrid of memoir and criticism, My Poets, a New York Times Notable Book. Other works include two monographs on British romantic poetics and numerous essays on romantic-era and contemporary literature and culture. Her poems have been translated into Italian, French, Greek, Spanish, and Czech and have recently appeared in the London Review of Books, Poesia, The New York Review of Books, and The Yale Review. Her essays have appeared in the LRB, The New York Times Book Review, and the Los Angeles Review of Books. She is the Henry James Professor of English and American Letters at New York University. Her latest book is What You Want: poems, just out from Farrar, Straus and Giroux and Penguin UK.

What You Want.
by Maureen N. McLane
Publisher: ‎ Farrar, Straus and Giroux (2 mei 2023)
Language: English
128 pages
ISBN-10‎ 0374607257
ISBN-13‎ 978-0374607258

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Eileen Myles: a “Working Life”

From “one of the essential voices in American poetry” (New York Times) comes a rich new collection of expansive, light-footed, and cheerfully foreboding poems oddly in tune with our strange and evolving present.

The first new collection since Evolution from the prolific poet, activist, and writer Eileen Myles, a “Working Life” unerringly captures the measure of life. Whether alone or in relationship, on city sidewalks or in the country, their lyrics always engage with permanence and mortality, danger and safety, fear and wonder.

a “Working Life” is a book transfixed by the everyday: the “sweet accumulation” of birds outside a window, a cup of coffee and a slice of pizza, a lover’s foot on the bed.

These poems arise in the close quarters of air travel, the flashing of a landscape through a train window, or simply in a truck tooling around town, or on foot with a dog in all the places that held us during the pandemic lock-downs.

Myles’s lines unabashedly sing the happy contradictions of love and sex, spill over with warnings about the not-so future world threatened by climate change and capitalism, and also find transcendent wonder in the landscapes and animals around us, and in the solitary and collective act of caring for one another and our world.

With intelligence, heart, and singular vision, a “Working Life” shows Eileen Myles working at a thrilling new pitch of their poetic and philosophical powers.

Eileen Myles (they/them) came to New York from Boston in 1974 to be a poet. Their books include Pathetic Literature, For Now (an essay/talk about writing), Evolution, Afterglow (a dog memoir), I Must Be Living Twice: new and selected poems, and Chelsea Girls. The Trip, their super-8 puppet road film can be seen on YouTube. Eileen has received a Guggenheim Fellowship and was recently elected a member of the American Academy of Arts & Letters. They live in New York and Marfa, TX.

a “Working Life”
Author: Eileen Myles
Language: English
Publisher: Grove Press
Publication Date: 2023-04-18
Format Hardcover
ISBN 9780802161895
ISBN-10: 0802161898
Pages: 288
List Price: $26.00

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Sophie Marceau: La Souterraine

Les treize histoires et sept poèmes qui composent ce livre se répondent et se complètent:

Au fil des récits, des fables, des fragments de vie, des poésies, il s’agit toujours de dévoiler un mystère, un secret, la part souterraine…

Les mots s’insinuent comme il faut pour toucher ce qu’il y a à toucher, et dire ce qu’il y a à en dire. Avec finesse et intensité.

Et c’est un plaisir de plonger dans ces textes – débordants d’imagination, de fantaisie, basculant souvent de l’observation la plus juste à une imprévisible drôlerie.

Sophie Marceau: actrice, réalisatrice et scénariste, elle publie avec La Souterraine son deuxième livre après Menteuse (Stock, 1996).

Sophie Marceau (Auteur)
La Souterraine
Cinéma, littérature et poésie
Editeur Seghers
Paru le 4 mai 2023
Format: broché
EAN 9782232146831
ISBN 2232146839
SKU 5292114
Nombre de pages 160
Format 14cm x 19cm
€ 17,00

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Richard Meier: A Duration

In the poem-essays that comprise A Duration, writing is a physical act where writing and lived experience support one another in bodies—animal, plant, mineral, and word bodies—that are injured and heal, that die and continue in new forms, playing new roles.

Here, in his fifth book, Richard Meier transmutes years of daily practices of attention—be it to a line spoken by Lear’s Fool, a train to Kingston, or “red inside green stem below eight white petals in a spiral with space between them attached to the yellow center”—into mesmerizing trajectories through an always unfolding present.

In the collapse of the border between writing and the body, A Duration, “play[s] both hearts with a heartbeat and kinship of place, time, mundanity in the continuous onrushing imagined joy.”

Richard Meier’s second book of poetry, Shelley Gave Jane a Guitar, was published by Wave Books in 2006. His first book, Terrain Vague, was selected by Tomaž Šalamun for the Verse Prize and published by Verse Press in 2001. His book In the Pure Block of the Whole Imaginary was published by Omnidawn in 2012. He is writer-in-residence at Carthage College and lives in Chicago, IL and Madison, WI.

Richard Meier
A Duration
Publication: 6 June 2023
Publisher: ‎Wave Books
Language: ‎Engish
Paperback: ‎120 pages
Regular price $18.00

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Tammy Nguyen: O

In O, artist and writer Tammy Nguyen returns to Vietnam to visit the caves of the Phong Nha Karst.

This journey into the Karst’s “wind-carved teeth” resounds with the traditional songs of Nguyen’s guides, whose melodies produce the O-O-O-O-O-O-O-O that echoes through narratives woven together around it as a visual and sonic spine: the story of Nguyen’s Uncle Van, an opportunistic businessman who traded in Vietnamese porcelain vessels; her coming-of-age as a child with missing teeth, and the material and mineral histories of the veneers that eventually completed her “American Smile”; the plastic paradise of the man-made island of Forest City, a simulacrum of natural beauty kept uncannily bright and lush by the flow of global investment capital; and, behind it all, a retelling of Plato’s Allegory of the Cave that supplies what the original parable lacked: an understanding of fantasy’s role in the construction of a sublime.

In O’s anti-allegory, the personal and geopolitical sit uncomfortably alongside one another. The shape of a bowl becomes the mouth of a cave. The uncanny naturalism of Nguyen’s zirconium veneers reflect Forest City’s manicured paradise.

What emerges is a kaleidoscopic meditation on the play of language across scales: how it rebounds between our stories of self and the semantic regimes of global capital alike.

Tammy Nguyen is a multimedia artist and writer whose work spans painting, drawing, printmaking, and publishing. Intersecting geopolitical realities with fiction, her practice addresses lesser-known histories through a blend of myth and visual narrative. She is the founder of Passenger Pigeon Press, an independent press that joins the work of scientists, journalists, creative writers, and artists to create politically nuanced and cross-disciplinary projects. In 2008, she received a Fulbright scholarship to study lacquer painting in Vietnam, where she remained and worked with a ceramics company for three years thereafter. Nguyen received an MFA from Yale in 2013 and was awarded the Van Lier Fellowship at Wave Hill in 2014 and a NYFA Fellowship in painting in 2021. She was included in Greater New York 2021 at MOMA PS1 and has also exhibited at Nichido Contemporary Art in Japan, Smack Mellon, Rubin Museum, The Factory Contemporary Arts Centre in Vietnam, and the Bronx Museum, among others. Her work is included in the collections of Yale University, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, MIT Library, the Seattle Art Museum, the Walker Art Center Library, and the Museum of Modern Art Library. She is Assistant Professor of Art at Wesleyan University.

by Tammy Nguyen
Publisher: Ugly Duckling Presse
Product Number:9781946433916
ISBN: 978-1-946433-91-6
Price: $ 30.00

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Edna St. Vincent Millay: Travel (Poem)


The railroad track is miles away,
And the day is loud with voices speaking,
Yet there isn’t a train goes by all day
But I hear its whistle shrieking.

All night there isn’t a train goes by,
Though the night is still for sleep and dreaming,
But I see its cinders red on the sky,
And hear its engine steaming.

My heart is warm with the friends I make,
And better friends I’ll not be knowing,
Yet there isn’t a train I wouldn’t take,
No matter where it’s going.

Edna St. Vincent Millay
(1892 – 1950)

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Friedrich Nietzsche: Das Wort


Das Wort

Lebendgem Worte bin ich gut:
Das springt heran so wohlgemut,
das grüßt mit artigem Geschick,
hat Blut in sich, kann herzhaft schnauben,
kriecht dann zum Ohre selbst dem Tauben
und ringelt sich und flattert jetzt
und was es tut, das Wort ergötzt.
Doch bleibt das Wort ein zartes Wesen,
bald krank und aber bald genesen.
Willst ihm sein kleines Leben lassen,
mußt du es leicht und zierlich fassen,
nicht plump betasten und bedrücken,
es stirbt oft schon an bösen Blicken –
und liegt dann da, so ungestalt,
so seelenlos, so arm und kalt,
sein kleiner Leichnam arg verwandelt,
von Tod und Sterben mißgehandelt.
Ein totes Wort – ein häßlich Ding,
ein klapperdürres Kling-Kling-Kling.
Pfui allen häßlichen Gewerben,
an denen Wort und Wörter sterben.

Friedrich Nietzsche
(1844 – 1900)
Das Wort

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Cees Nooteboom: Zo worden jaren tijd. Gedichten 2022-1955

Voor Cees Nooteboom, auteur van een imposant internationaal oeuvre, komen zijn gedichten op de eerste plaats.

Zijn poëzie gaat over waarnemen en zien, en al bijna zeventig jaar is het voor hem een vorm van ascese, van mediteren; een manier van denken. In zijn gedichten stelt hij zich vragen over het wezen van de tijd, de zielsverhuizingen van een mens tijdens zijn leven of de ontvankelijkheid voor poëzie bij hemzelf of collega-dichters.

Lang heeft Cees Nooteboom gewacht om al zijn gedichten in één band bijeen te brengen. Aan de vooravond van zijn negentigste verjaardag zal deze grootse literaire gebeurtenis eindelijk plaatsvinden.

Cees Nooteboom (31 juli 1933) wordt beschouwd als een van de belangrijkste Nederlandse schrijvers. In zijn jeugd trok hij na een opleiding in kloosterscholen liftend door Europa, een gebeurtenis die hij gebruikte voor zijn debuutroman Philip en de anderen (1955).

Een jaar later verscheen zijn poëziedebuut De doden zoeken een huis. In 1956 begon hij ook aan een ander deel van zijn carrière, de reisjournalistiek. Hij schreef reportages en reisverhalen voor onder andere Het Parool, Elsevier, en de Volkskrant. Vanaf 1968 vond hij zijn eigen plek bij het glossy tijdschrift Avenue.

In 1963 werden zijn reisverhalen gebundeld onder de titel Een middag in Bruay, gevolgd door Een nacht in Tunesië (1965) en Een avond in Isfahan (1978). Met Rituelen (1980, F. Bordewijkprijs en de Amerikaanse Pegasusprijs voor de beste niet-Amerikaanse roman) brak Nooteboom door bij het grote publiek.

In 1992 ontving Nooteboom de Constantijn Huygensprijs voor zijn volledige oeuvre. In 2003 kreeg hij de Oostenrijkse Staatsprijs voor Europese Literatuur, en in 2004 werd hem de P.C. Hooftprijs toegekend. In het najaar van 2009 ontving hij uit handen van koning Albert de prestigieuze Prijs der Nederlandse Letteren, die een keer per drie jaar door de Nederlandse Taalunie wordt toegekend.

Naast romans, poëzie en reisverhalen schreef hij ook enkele toneelstukken. Zijn boeken worden in meer dan dertig talen vertaald. In 2023 verschijnen zijn verzamelde gedichten onder de titel ‘Zo worden jaren tijd’.

Zo worden jaren tijd
Gedichten 2022-1955
Auteur: Cees Nooteboom
Uitgever: De Bezige Bij
Taal: Nederlands
26 januari 2023
Aantal pagina’s: 656
ISBN: 9789403161716
NUR: 306
Prijs: 49,99

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A Thousand Times You Lose Your Treasure by Hoa Nguyen

Poetry. A poetic meditation on historical, personal, and cultural pressures pre- and post-“Fall-of-Saigon” with verse biography on the poet’s mother, Diệp Anh Nguyễn, a stunt motorcyclist in an all-women Vietnamese circus troupe.

Multilayered, plaintive, and provocative, the poems in A THOUSAND TIMES YOU LOSE YOUR TREASURE are alive with archive and inhabit histories. By turns lyrical and unsettling, Hoa Nguyen’s poetry sings of language and loss; dialogues with time, myth and place; and communes with past and future ghosts.

Hoa Nguyen is the author of several books of poetry, including A THOUSAND TIMES YOU LOSE YOUR TREASURES (Wave Books, 2021), As Long As Trees Last, RED JUICE (Wave Books, 2014), and VIOLET ENERGY INGOTS (Wave Books, 2016), which received a 2017 Griffin Prize nomination.

As a public proponent and advocate of contemporary poetry, she has served as guest editor for The Best Canadian Poetry in English 2018 and judge for the 2020 Griffin Prize for Poetry, and she has performed and lectured at numerous institutions, including Princeton University, Bard College, Poet’s House, and the Banff Centre’s Writers Studio.

Recipient of a 2019 Pushcart Prize and a 2020 Neustadt International Prize for Literature nomination, she has received grants and fellowships from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, the MacDowell Colony, and the Millay Colony for the Arts.

Her writing has garnered attention from such outlets as The PBS News Hour, Granta, The Walrus, New York Times, and Poetry, among others. Born in the Mekong Delta and raised and educated in the United States, Nguyen has lived in Canada since 2011.

A Thousand Times You Lose Your Treasure
by Hoa Nguyen
Pub Date:4/6/2021
Publisher: Wave Books
Product Number:9781950268177
SKU #: B14B
Pages: 144
Price: $ 18.00

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Manifest voor een nieuwe wereld: Marinetti en het Futurisme

Op 20 februari 1909 luidt de Italiaanse dichter F.T. Marinetti met zijn futuristisch manifest in de Franse krant Le Figaro een nieuw artistiek tijdperk in.

In het manifest bezingt hij de snelheid, de toekomst, agressiviteit en activisme, en wijst hij het verleden resoluut af. Deze ideële uitgangspunten spreken veel jonge kunstenaars en intellectuelen in Italië en Europa aan, waardoor Marinetti al snel een groep jonge futuristen om zich heen heeft verzameld. De futuristen dromen van een radicaal nieuwe toekomst, waarin geen plek is voor het verleden.

Hun avant-gardistische ideologie, in al zijn veelzijdigheid en complexiteit, groeide uit tot een voorbeeld voor de modernistische mentaliteit van de twintigste eeuw.

Tentoonstelling Marinetti en het Futurisme
nog t/m19 februari 2023
in Rijksmuseum Twenthe, Enschede
Lasondersingel 129-131, 7514 BP Enschede
T 053 2012000
Reguliere openingstijden
Dinsdag t/m zondag 10.00-17.00 uur

Catalogus bij de tentoonstelling:
Marinetti en het Futurisme
Uitgeverij Waanders
24 x 27 cm
80 pagina’s
60 illustraties
ISBN 9789462623224
€ 23,95

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Christian Morgenstern: Der Rabe Ralf

Der Rabe Ralf


Der Rabe Ralf

will will hu hu

dem niemand half

still still du du

half sich allein

am Rabenstein

will will still still

hu hu


Die Nebelfrau

will will hu hu

nimmt’s nicht genau

still still du du

sie sagt nimm nimm

‘s ist nicht so schlimm

will will still still

hu hu


Doch als ein Jahr

will will hu hu

vergangen war

still still du du

da lag im Rot

der Rabe tot ,

will will still still

du du


Christian Morgenstern
Der Rabe Ralf

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