Jack Gilbert & Gerald Stern
For this Friday, here is a full-length reading by Gerald Stern at Fishouse. It takes a bit to get started with a long intro and Stern taking some time to get to the mike (with many a nearly off-mike comment on the way), but it's worth the wait.
I also found part 1 of the Drexel Interview with Stern (which has been viewed by 3 people and I think I was 2 of them), with part 2 seemingly lost in the ether or just never posted, either at YouTube or on the Drexel page. Though it is only the first half, it is a solid, satisfying first half (about 15 minutes), which I highly recommend.
I've just begun reading the new Kabir translations by Arvind Krishna Mehrotra. Here is one of the poems from that collection which originally appeared in the New York Review of Books, who is also the publisher. I hope to report back on this collection sometime soon.
Except That It Robs You of Who You Are
Except that it robs you of who you are,
What can you say about speech?
Inconceivable to live without
And impossible to live with,
Speech diminishes you.
Speak with a wise man, there’ll be
Much to learn; speak with a fool,
All you get is prattle.
Strike a half-empty pot, and it’ll make
A loud sound; strike one that is full,
Says Kabir, and hear the silence.
Kabir, translated from the Hindi
by Arvind Krishna Mehrotra
"moon" and "blossoms"
of a floating world
translated by David G. Lanoue
Finally, some early returns from around the web on Past All Traps which I thought might be of interest:
the outlaw poetry network
Poems as Gifts: The Improvised Life
Pittsburgh City Paper
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