1. Pierre Reverdy event tonight at McNally Jackson (7 pm)

    It Must in Fact Have Been Quite Cold

    There’s me
           And all the buzzers in the house went off at once
    Why have they brought so many bells and alarm clocks
           From the tapestry where my body flattens in profile
                 hands like a  platter asking for mercy I look 
                 at my life from which I’ve withdrawn myself
    Distances were done away with and yet everything
           stays in place
                  All that’s lacking is a little air
                  The harmony of their lines is enough to keep each
                        piece of furniture solid
    Yet sometimes they weren’t recognizable
           The visitor is in the sitting room or at the door
                  waiting after having rung the bell
    And all those who pass by hold their hats in their hands
        But I can no longer come down
        The tapestry is trembling
                  It’s too cold

    Unfortunately Paul Auster will not be able to make it to tonight’s event at McNally Jackson as previous listed. However, Mary Ann Caws, Geoffrey O’Brien, Ron Padgett, Mark Polizzotti, and Richard Sieburth will all still be there reading from their translations of Reverdy’s poem and discussing his work (plus wine). And for those concerned about the temperature, the poem above (translated by Marilyn Hacker) is for you.

  2. (event poster by Matthew Wagstaffe)

A glass of papaya juiceand back to work. My heart is in mypocket, it is Poems by Pierre Reverdy.
—Frank O’Hara, “A Step Away from Them”

Join us at McNally Jackson bookstore next Tuesday, January 28, 2014 @ 7 pm as we celebrate the great French poet (and companion of Coco Chanel) Pierre Reverdy, on the occasion of the latest book in the NYRB Poets series.
Reading will be:Mary Ann Caws (editor of Pierre Reverdy)Mark PolizzottiRon PadgettGeoffrey O’BrienRichard SieburthPaul Auster
RSVP at FB

    (event poster by Matthew Wagstaffe)

    A glass of papaya juice
    and back to work. My heart is in my
    pocket, it is Poems by Pierre Reverdy.

    Frank O’Hara, “A Step Away from Them”

    Join us at McNally Jackson bookstore next Tuesday, January 28, 2014 @ 7 pm as we celebrate the great French poet (and companion of Coco Chanel) Pierre Reverdy, on the occasion of the latest book in the NYRB Poets series.

    Reading will be:
    Mary Ann Caws (editor of Pierre Reverdy)
    Mark Polizzotti
    Ron Padgett
    Geoffrey O’Brien
    Richard Sieburth
    Paul Auster

    RSVP at FB

  3. Revolution by ridicule: The Works of Albert Cossery

    Cossery’s heroes are usually dandies and thieves, unfettered by possessions or obligations; impoverished but aristocratic idlers who can suck the marrow of joy from the meager bones life tosses their way. They are the descendants of Baudelaire’s flâneur, of the Surrealists with their rejection of the sacrosanct work ethic, of the Situationists and their street-theater shenanigans, not to mention the peripatetic Beats or the countercultural ‘dropouts’ of the 1960s. Henry Miller, who raised dolce far niente to an art form, praised Cossery’s writing as ‘rare, exotic, haunting, unique.’ Whether Cossery’s merry pranksters wish merely to have a good time or, as in The Jokers, to wage an all-out campaign of raillery against the powers that be, there is one belief they all share: the only true recourse against a world governed by ‘scoundrels’ is an utter disregard for convention, including the convention of taking anything seriously.

    —from a review by Mark Polizzotti of Albert Cossery's work in The Nation. With new “scoundrels” being voted on in the recent Egyptian election, Cossery provides his readers with a lighter, more surreal look at politics and life in the streets of Cairo.