Category Archives: Poiesis

For John Burnside (1955-2024)

For John Burnside, “anarchist” poet and writer, who died this last month of May. … a true anarchist … [does] … not need a glorious leader, or leaders, to save us from the nightmare. What we need, each of us, … Continue reading

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Franz Kafka: “The Burrow”

Written between 1923 and 1924, and published posthumously, Franz Kafka’s short story “The Burrow” is an allegory on the madness of “rational sovereignty”. We share the story to mark the centenary of Franz Kafka’s death.

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For Daniel Blanchard

A refrain, for Daniel Blanchard. […] And this will be the limit of the impasse, a dead end. Beyond that, one does not go; beyond that nothing happens anymore, all that passes is time and bad weather – and it … Continue reading

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Daniel Blanchard: Regarding what poetry does

For Daniel Blanchard, the second part of an essay that began with the “Crisis of words“. To men who discover the world by looking for a rhyme. Italo Svevo Thus, throughout this “crisis of words” – which I evoked in … Continue reading

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The Politics of Women’s Blues

We share two texts on women’s blues as a radical questioning of sex, gender and race in the racist and hetero-patriarchal social relations of the United States. In the first, which provides the title to our post, Hazel V. Carby … Continue reading

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For Edward Bond (1934-2024)

SAGA I asked the man at the crossroads why are you waitingHe said I have no shoes on my feetMy stomach is emptyMy dwelling is repossessedA man In a nice suit with heraldic cufflinks stole my walletAnd my coat is … Continue reading

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The anarchy of dance/the dance of anarchism

A little wisdom is no doubt possible; but I have found this happy certainty in all things: that they prefer—to dance on the feet of chance. Friedrich Nietzsche, This Spoke Zarathustra [Contact improvisation] came out of Grand Union. We were in … Continue reading

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For Steve Paxton (1939-2024)

Five years ago, we wrote a short piece lauding Steve Paxton’s work as a dancer and his vision of dance, which we entitled: “Anarchic movement: Ambulations in thought after Steve Paxton”. This week (21/02/2024), we learned of his death. In … Continue reading

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Palestine: The attempt to erase a people’s arts

We want to thank +972 Magazine for the generous permission to publish an article on the Israeli authority’s assault against Jenin’s (West Bank) Freedom Theatre and the broader Israeli war on Palestinian artistic expression. +972 Magazine is unquestionably one of the most … Continue reading

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For Gaza: Ghassan Kanafani in the voice of John Berger

In an address to the inaugural Palestine Festival of Literature (2008) John Berger gave a moving reading of Palestinian writer, Ghassan Kanafani’s “Letter from Gaza”. Kanafani was assassinated by the Israeli Mossad in 1972.

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