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with Pierre Joris

A one-day online seminar held over Zoom.

12pm to 2:30pm EST
Saturday, February 27, 2021

Paul Celan has a reputation for being a very difficult or even at times incomprehensible or “hermetic” poet. After a 53-year involvement reading, translating & writing about Celan’s poetry & prose, Pierre Joris would like to address these “difficulties” by guiding participants through an “ABC of Reading” as a way into & through the complexities of Celan’s work. This seminar will examine & compare a range of poems from early and late periods, show the evolution of Celan’s poethics via both the poems themselves & the author’s poetic statements, while using the process of translation as a technique of investigative reading. 
A sample reader of Celan poems & proses, in the original & in translation, with additional commentaries on the texts will be made available to the participants prior to the seminar so as to facilitate involvement & collaborative reflection during the seminar.

* Limited to 15 participants, on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Pierre Joris has moved between Europe, the US & North Africa for some 55 years now, publishing over 80 books of poetry, essays, translations and anthologies — most recently Fox-trails, -tales & -trots (poems & proses, Black Fountain Press); the translations Memory Rose into Threshold Speech: The Collected Earlier Poetry of Paul Celan (FSG) & Microliths: Posthumous Prose of Paul Celan (Contra Mundum Press). In 2020 he  also published A City Full of Voices: Essays on the Work of Robert Kelly (co-edited with Peter Cockelbergh & Joel Newberger, CMP), & earlier: Arabia (not so) Deserta (Essays, Spuyten Duyvil Press, 2019), Conversations in the Pyrenees with Adonis (CMP 2018), and The Book of U (poems, with Nicole Peyrafitte, Editions Simoncini 2017). When not on the road, he lives in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, with his wife, multimedia praticienne Nicole Peyrafitte.


instructions for accessing the Zoom link for the seminar will be sent to registered participants by email.