The collection enacts—even performs—its own coming into being. ...more
Tags: book review, debut essay collection, index cards, Jane Bowles, Jean Genet, Louis Malle, Maurice Blanchot, Moyra Davey, nadine gordimer, new directions, Phantom India, review, Robert Walser, Roland Barthes, Sartre, Sontag, tess michaelson, Walter Benjamin, writing process
Barbara Berman reviews work by Dunya Mikhail, Thomas Merton, and Robert Lax.
Tags: 33 Poems, Against Forgetting, Barbara Berman, Books, Carolyn Forche, Christopher Wait, Dunya Mikhail, In Her Feminine Sign, Iraq, Leonard Cohen, middle east, new directions, poetry, Poetry of Witness, Reviews, Robert Lax, Seeds of Contemplation, Silence Joy, Thomas Kellein, Thomas Merton
Every act of reading is inseparable from what the reader has encountered before. ...more
Tags: Abigail Chabitnoy, Alice James Books, anaphora, Autobiography of Death, book review, Books, Carlisle Indian School, City Lights Publishing, David Brazil, Denise Levertov, Don Mee Choi, Eye Level, Fi Jae Lee, graywolf press, Holy Ghost, How to Dress a Fish, Jenny Xie, Kenji C. Liu, Kevin Goodan, Kim Hyesoon, Monsters I Have Been, National Poetry Month, new directions, poetry, Reviews, The New York Quarterly, translation, Wesleyan Poetry Series
There’s no such thing as too much of this kind of light, especially in dark times. ...more
Tags: abandonment, Aboriginal, Albanian, Ali Cobby Eckermann, Ani Gjika, Australia, Australian, Balkan, Barbara Berman, book review, Bread on Running Waters, charles simic, child abuse, Enver Hoxha, Indigenous, Las Vegas, Liveright, Luljeta Lleshanaku, memoir, molestation, National Sorry Day, Negative Space, new directions, poems, poetry, poetry review, Too Afraid to Cry
Barbara Berman’s 2018 Poetry Shout-Out!
Tags: Agnes Lhermite, Allen Ginsburg, andre breton, August Kleinzahler, Barbara Berman, BAX 2018, Benjamin Péret, Bury It, Carmen Giménez Smith, City Lights Spotlight Series, Clara Cohen, Claude Cahun, Cruel Futures, dadaism, Farrar Straus and Giroux, Gabriel Gudding, holidays, Jessie Damiani, Julia Wick, Leon Wieseltier, Leonard Cohen, Mary Ann Caws, Mina Loy, myung mi kim, new directions, poetry, Rene Char, Sam Sax, Seth Abramson, surrealism, Susan de Muth, Suzanne Malherbe, The Flame, The Milk Bowl of Feathers, Wesleyan Poetry Series, Wesleyan University Press
Founder and publisher Lisa Pearson discusses Siglio Press.
Tags: #metoo, Adam Pendleton, Adrian Piper, Bough Down, Carrie Mae Weems, Cecilia Vicuña, Christine Burgin, eileen myles, feminism, feminist, Frail Sister, graywolf, independent press, It Is Almost That, Juliana Spahr, Karen Green, lisa mecham, Lisa Pearson, Litmus Press, Nancy Spero, new directions, physical books, Politics, Primary Information, Publishing, publishing industry, Siglio Press, small press, sophie calle, Stephanie Young, Torture of Women, transgressive, Trump, ugly duckling presse, visual art
Blindness as a concept is central to Kawabata’s novel, where every character is blind to something. ...more
Tags: blindness, dandelions, death, Ikuta River, Japan, Michael Emmerich, new directions, Nobel laureate, Nobel Prize, seppuku, somagnosia, suicide, Yasunari Kawabata
Marcia Douglas discusses her forthcoming novel, THE MARVELLOUS EQUATIONS OF THE DREAD.
Tags: Back to Africa, bass riddim, bob marley, caribbean, Coral Gardens, Electricity Comes to Cocoa Bottom, experimental, Haile Selassie, Half Way Tree, hybrid genre, Jamaica, Madam Fate, Marcia Douglas, Marcus Garvey, Music, new directions, Notes from a Writer's Book of Cures and Spells, Queen Nanny, Rastafarianism, reggae, Solange Anduze James, spirituality, The eMarvellous Equations of the Dread, zora neale hurston
Melissa Broder discusses her debut novel,
The Pisces (Hogarth, May 2018), the importance of love between women, and mermaid sex. ...more
Tags: addiction, anxiety, Book Club, Channing Tatum, depression, dogs, Erotica, Eva Woods, female friendships, Giussepe di Tomasi Lampedusa, Greek mythology, Hogarth Press, Intimacy, Loneliness, los angeles, love, Marisa Siegel, Meaty, Melissa Broder, mermaids, new directions, ocean, outline, poetry, Rachel Cusk, Rumpus Book Club, Samantha Irby, Sappho, Sex, sexuality, So Sad Today, The Bridegroom Was a Dog, The Pisces, The Professor and the Siren, The Shape of Water, Transit, twitter, unconditional love, venice, We Are Never Meeting in Real Life, Yoko Tawada
“All art is somehow a kind of witness, whether to beauty or to anything else.”
Tags: activism, Baghdad, Baghdad Observer, Daesh, Dunya Mikhail, Emily Robbins, Iraq, ISIS, journalism, Kareem James Abu-Zeid, Max Weiss, memoir, new directions, oral history, poetry, sexual slavery, slavery, syria, The Beekeeper, The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project, The War Works Hard, translation, Turkey, Tynan Kogane, University of Baghdad, Yazidi
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Barbara Berman offers gift recommendations for the poets on your holiday shopping list.
Tags: Aaron Shurin, Barbara Berman, Books, christmas, Commune Editions, Copper Canyon Press, Dan Bellm, david masciotra, Deep Well, Donald Hall, Donald Justice, Dylan Thomas, Edward Hopper, entre ríos books, Hanukkah, Heriberto Yepes, holiday gifts, holidays, John Freeman, John Goodby, Lavender Ink, maps, Michael Wiegers, new directions, poetry, rabih alameddine, Reviews, Rita Dove, The Essential Merwin, The Poems of Dylan Thomas, Transnational Battlefield, W. W. Norton, W.S. Merwin, Yale Series of Younger Poets
Unlike clothing, which can disguise the state of the soul, a person’s eyes reveal the truth. ...more
Vastness does not always mean an abyss. ...more
Tags: barbara epler, book review, Chris Vaghaun, extinction, George Szirtes, Herman, Hungary, John Batki, László Krasznahorkai, new directions, novella, review, Satantango, susan sontag, The Last Wolf, The Melancholy of Resistance
She couldn’t remember the last time she’d been alone with herself. Maybe never. It was always her–with others, and in these others she was reflected and the others were reflected in her. Nothing was–was pure, she thought without understanding what she meant. Another newly released story by the dazzling Clarice Lispector, “Beauty and the Beast […]
Muriel Spark and the perennial question: “Am I a woman or an intellectual monster?”
Tags: addiction, autobiography, book of job, Christina Kay, Curriculum Vitae, dexadrine, Diane Mehta, domestic violence, elizabeth bowen, feminism, Gerard Manley Hopkins, ivy compton-burnett, john henry newman, loitering with intent, memento mori, Muriel Spark, new directions, portobello road, religion, Roman Catholicism, speed, T.S. Eliot, the ballad of peckham rye, the comforters, the confidential clerk, the driver's seat, the girls of slender means, the go-away bird, the informed air, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, virginia woolf
Exercises in Style has been one of the most beloved books in the New Directions catalog since they first published it in 1981.
In one of the stories in Roberto Bolaño’s new collection The Secret of Evil, the symbolist painter Gustave Moreau, whose arresting and beastly Jupiter and Seleme graces the American jacket of Bolaño’s 2666, is referenced by a man “present at a gathering of madmen.”
César Aira’s Varamo reaffirms Aira’s place as seminal Latin American writer whose work wanders between bizarre situations and philosophical digressions.
Helen DeWitt’s satirical novel Lightning Rods turns the quotidian American workplace into a cloaked prostitution ring and makes us wonder if it isn’t already one.
Victor Pelevin’s new novella, Hall of the Singing Caryatids, satirizes contemporary capitalism in a smart and fun critique of what we do for money and with money.
Allen Ginsberg claimed that his reading voice was an imitation of the voice with which William Blake spoke to him in his visions and dreams. Once you hear Ginsberg read, you are stuck in his dream forever. Javier Marias, the prolific Spanish author who blends wit and private conspiracies in unparalleled ways, was on KCRW’s […]