Monthly Archive for October, 2009

Pound of So-etry!

“Witty and insightful, provocative and informative, The Sound of Poetry / The Poetry of Sound [ed. by Marjorie Perloff and Craig Dworkin, University of Chicago Books 2009] proposes nothing short of a reevaluation of the nature of poetry. In focusing on sound – such as the timbre of a poet’s voice, the noises associated with futurism, radio, and John Cage, or the challenges inherent in translation or graphic poetry – these essays explore language as living voice, and that voice (as shaped in poetry) rooted in history and place. Compelling in its alteration between personal experiences and tour de force analyses, and extraordinarily wide-ranging with perspectives from around the world, this book convinces us that poetry may be language made strange, but sound endows it with freedom and much of its power. A landmark collection rich with interdiciplinary resonances.” (John Paslet, University of California, San Diego). – The essayists are the editors, Susan Stewart, me (with this), Yante Huang, Rosmarie Waldrop, Richard Sieburth, Gordana P. Crnković, Nancy Perloff, Steve McCaffery, Christian Bök, Charles Bernstein, Hélène Aji, Yoko Tawada, Susan Howe, Rubén Gallo, Antonio Sergio Bessa, Johanna Drucker, Ming-Qian Ma, Brian M. Reed, and Kenneth Goldsmith with his remarkable “I Love Speech” speech from the Presidential Forum at the Modern Language Association annual convention in 2006, where most of the stuff in the book originates.

Khaijamin lauluja / Songs of Khayyam

Stuff from and for the new translation of Omar Khayyam into Finnish by Kiamars Baghbani and I (Khaijamin lauluja, ntamo 2009), including bilingual readings and the translators’ prefaces – in Finnish and Persian, my also in an English translation (and in a video of Saara Lehto dancing to the tunes of Iranian music, you can hear me “singing” Khayyam in Finnish…)

On James Joyce, Aleksis Kivi, and “unlikely national epics”

My talk (in Finnish) in the “Kivijalka” seminar organized by the Aleksis Kivi Society together with the University of Helsinki to celebrate the 175th birthday of the “Father” of the “Finnish literature”.