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Over the past decade or so, no one has done more for poetry in the Pacific Northwest than has Paul Nelson.– Sam Hamill

Poetics as Cosmology Workshops Fall 2022

One of the great developments of the pandemic has been the opportunity for distance learning. I've had an amazing time...

Margin Shift June 16, 2022!

(This post has been updated to include Tay Stafford, who has just been added to the bill. There WILL be streaming on...

Haiku NW Talk about Poetry Postcard Fest

It has been eleven years since I was a presenter at Haiku North America, on the campus of Fort Worden in 2011. I spoke...

Pierre Joris Interview from 2022

by Paul E. Nelson

Pierre Joris

A 2022 interview with Pierre Joris on his long poem Canto Diurno #1. That 1986 poem is a very ambitious effort to make a poem “as large as I / could make it.” That he’d call it a “canto” is evocative of Ezra Pound. Pierre Joris was born on Bastille Day in 1946 in Strasbourg, France, and raised in Luxembourg. He’s moved between the US, Europe & North Africa for 55 years, published more than 50 books of poetry, essays, anthologies, plays & translations. His translations of the poetry of Paul Celan are a tremendous gift to world literature, as are his collaborations with Jerome Rothenberg on editing the anthology Poems for the Millennium, Volumes I & II. Pierre. This interview was recorded on May 2, 2022.

5.2.2022 Interview with Pierre Joris

by Pierre Joris | Canto Diurno #1