En Route to Idaho — Day 2 : Maumee – Des Moines

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Day #2  Maumee, Ohio – Des Moines, Iowa: 558 Miles or 898 Kms

After drinking Pierre’s prepared cup of warm water with lemon & cayenne pepper water & our travelling green magic juice we hopped in the car at 7:50am to resume our journey West on I-80.

When we stopped for gas in Greenfield, Indiana we were reminded that if we wanted a soda, we should ask for “pop”! The lady at the Hardee’s was eager to take our order but we had our solid breakfast of pumpernickel bread, butter & cheese & we made coffee in the car.


Second stop was in Morris, Illinois & the R-Place Restaurant with its collection of antique toy displays, including a wonderful puppet show kept me busy filming & photographing for a while. I did ask for 4 quarters to play the puppet show. The clerk was proud to tell me that the puppet show grossed $80 per month, that was 320 plays.

Again we didn’t get any food though I considered the Strawberry Pillows for a solid minute — but by looking at the thing intensely I could almost taste it & that was enough to feel the sugar rush!

We left Illinois, crossed the Mississippi, & drove into Iowa.

I had noticed on the Waze app that the World’s Largest Truckstop was coming up on I-80 at the Walcott Exit. We stopped there & lunched on Romaine lettuce with carrots, celery, left-over pork roast, sardines, cheddar dressed with Pierre’s delicious Meyer lemon & olive oil vinaigrette & concluded with our usual plain yogurt with cinnamon, stevia & grilled seeds.

Then we had molto fun visiting the amazing World’s Largest Truckstop. We didn’t make it to the adjacent truck museum but we had a lovely time talking to several truckers who were trying new truck seats. Pierre joined them for a tryout of new-fangled special rubber seating. We exchanged our destinations & they advised us that road conditions between Cheyenne & Idaho can be very bad & told us to make sure to have a full tank of gas when starting this portion of the trip. Another trucker & his wife from New Orleans gave us the price of some of the chromes on display. “A $1000 for that apron. I’m gonna put some on my truck soon”. The sword & knife window display was open & a family was deciding what kind of knife to buy; a lady bought a mini gun. Pierre checked out the library section & considered buying a Louis L’amour Western audio book but since we had just started listening to the Lewis & Clark journal diaries  available free here,  we decided to pass.

Settled into our comfy Sterling Hotel suite —with terrible internet, after a quick trip to the Wholefood to pick up a salad & some cheese (a chunk of excellent! Iowa Maytag Blue — same family making blue cheese since 1941!) we had dinner, i.e. yesterday’s lentil salad turned into a stew to which I added some grains (farro & oats), followed by apples, nuts & cheese — the Iowa maytag, of course. & now some zzzz before heading to Wyoming. From here on out the route is new, for Pierre too who had driven this part of I-80 only to turn south here in Des Moines to visit with Ken Irby in Lawrence, Kansas. But that was in 1987, & this is today. Onwards! Let the wagons roll…

 

 

En Route to Idaho — Day 1 : Brooklyn – Maumee

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January 1 2016

Nice first day on the road to Idaho. Smooth ride with with very little traffic . We left Bayridge, Brooklyn  at 7:56 & got to Maumee, Ohio 5:58PM. We drove 566 miles (910 kms) out of 2475 miles (3983 kms) to get to Boise Idaho. We crossed New-Jersey, Pennsylvania & two third of Ohio.
We made our coffees, teas, lunch (Braised d’Artagnan Berkshire Pork; Lentil Salad; Greens, Goat Yogurt w/ Cinammon/Stevia & Roasted Seeds) & dinner (Red Miso Soup with Oats,Rye & Farro; Pumpernickel Buttered Bread; Hard Boiled Egg, Carrot & Celery, Cheddar w/ Apples & Cashew Nuts.
We listened to France Culture, NPR, John Coltrane, Matthew Ship, Michael Bisio & Cheikha Rimitti.
Below is the photo reportage, stay tuned!

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Things Fall Where They Lie

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Now in Paris. I was still in Bagnères-de-Luchon, my hometown, during the November 13th massacre. Pierre was already back in Paris & I was relieved to hear that he was safe from the horror. At this point it looks like all our family & close friends are safe, though stories of friends of friends killed come up every day. Trying to think empathy vs sympathy.

The week before I wrapped the shoot of my new film Thing Fall Where They Lie. Most likely one of the most intense weeks in my life! It was a rich, surreal & beautifully crazy busy time with my exquisite cast & crew. The cast: Yuko Otomo, Steve Dalachinsky, Eric Sarner, Katalin Pataki. The crew: Pierre Joris, Zia Anger, Asa Westcott, Agnès Mathon, Jean-Louis Peyrafitte. We also had some great local talent & volunteers join our cast & crew. Our base for food, beverages & lunch interviews was Salon NºThé where the sisters Chantal & Kitou Doumenq took good care of us. Do not miss the diaporama below!

The film takes place in Bagnères-de-Luchon, this small town in the French Pyrenees where I was born & raised. A place where celebrities have come & gone since Roman times. They come to take the waters in the summer & enjoy winter sports in winter. Two of these visitors never left & never will. They both died prematurely in Bagnères-de-Luchon & had to be buried in the town cemetery. They are both “under investigation” in this film. From November 1-8 2015, we had a true cinéma vérité expérience. Everyone played along beautifully & together we embraced uncertainty. We filmed layers of temporal, spatial and cultural information combined with particulars about the two deceased, mixed with my biographical and cultural inscription in this matrix. I am looking forward to start the editing process and will keep you posted for sure. Meanwhile, here are some stills of the amazing week, the most beautiful way in which I have ever seen my hometown!  

Thank you everyone involved!

Photos: Pierre Joris, Katalin Pataki, Eric Sarner

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Summing up & Coming up

Above is a 3 minutes résumé of Nicole & Pierre’s last three months!
Thank you so much to all the friends we met, reconnected, showed & performed with  during May June July 2015 — they were truly inspiring times!

Back in NYC after super exciting, intense & rich times in Sète, Bourg d’Oueil, Marseilles, Cannes, Tourves, Celles, Chateauvert, Aix en Provence, Paris, Germ en Louron & finally Durango Mexico —see slideshow résumé below. And now looking forward to the next gig with magnificent Michael Bisio on bass, we will explore some Champs/Songs on Saturday July 18th at 6 PM at Cornelia Café. The brick vaulted cellar is the perfect place to cool off, the food is tasty, good wines & cocktails available.

Saturday July 18 2015
6PM (ends at 7:30) $15 w/a drink
Nicole Peyrafitte & Michael Bisio
at Cornelia Café  — 29 Cornelia Street – New York City

“Poetry Chansons Improvisations accross continents & languages with Nicole Peyrafitte’s nourishing, sensual, campy and scintillating multi-layered vocal range & texts, & Michael Bisio’s extraordinary tonal beauty & intensity of the very personal musical language of his double bass”

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Our next four months are filled with truly exciting performances, readings, screenings, collaborations, book launches, art shows & we sure are looking forward to see you here or there.
Meanwhile, thank you for your support & happy spring — keep in touch!
Nicole & Pierre

SAN-FRANCISCO
Wednesday, March 18  7PM
Breathturn Into Timestead: The Collected Later Poetry of Paul Celan
with poet-translator Pierre Joris; multimedia by NP.
Event cosponsored by The Poetry Center and City Lights Books
City Lights Booksellers & Publishers
261 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, California 94133
Facebook event page

 Thursday, March 19  4:30PM
PJ & NP reading/performance
The Poetry Center, San Francisco State University
1600 Holloway Ave, San Francisco, California 94132
HUM 512, SFSU, 4:30 pm, free
Facebook event page

OAKLAND
Saturday March 21 2PM
PJ & NP reading/performance
La Commune Cafe and Bookstore
4799 Shattuck Ave, Oakland, California 94609
Facebook event: here

NEW YORK CITY
Thursday April 2   9PM
“Inferno” Reading
PJ takes part in reading of Dante’s Inferno.
Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine
1047 Amsterdam Avenue at 112th Street New York, NY 10025Wednesday  April 15   7PM
Maghrebi Translations Reading
PJ reads North African authors
McNally Jackson Books, 52 Prince Street, New York, NY 10012
MINNEAPOLIS – AWP conference
Thursday  April 9  12:00 – 13:30PM
PJ on panel: Translating Prosody
Minneapolis Convention Center – Room 211 C&D

Thursday, April 9  5-11PM
Rain Taxi 20th Anniversary Bash at Walker Art Center
5-9 PM: Screenings of Basil King:Mirage —film co-directed by Miles Joris-Peyrafitte & Nicole Peyrafitte — every half hour in the Lecture Room, free
(museum entrance free that evening!).
Facebook page event here
Film trailer here
5:30 PM: Book signing by Basil King in the Bazinet Lobby, Free
8:00 PM: NP & PJ part of the Rain Taxi “Greatest Hits” Poetry Reading, in the Walker Cinema, Tickets $10 ($8 Walker members);
book signing in lobby & party to follow
Friday, April 10, 2015   9-10:15AM
PJ moderates panel: Celan and Language: Cross-Cultural Greatness
Room M100 H&I, Mezzanine Level

Friday, April 10 7-9PM
NP & PJ at the Lunar Chandelier group reading
James and Mary Booksellars
250 Third Avenue North. Minneapolis


PRINCETON UNIVERSITY
Thursday, April 23 4:30 PM
PJ Paul Celan talk  -info here
105 Chancellor Green, Princeton, N.J.
followed by Poetry Reading -Room TBA

NEW YORK CITY
Tuesday April 28th 7PM
Arts for Art’s April Evolving Pop-Up
Nicole Peyrafitte / Yoshiko Chuma, dance / Steve Swell, trombone
Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural & Educational Center
107 Suffolk Street, New York 10002
Facebook event: here

Tuesday April 21st 
Pierre Joris & Nicole Peyrafitte
Reading for Centenary of the Armenian Genocide
Holy Cross Church of Armenia, 580 West 187th Street,  New York
Facebook event: here

FRANCE
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SETE
May 1-3

NP & PJ —full of quid—will interfere at:
KALMARS ATTAKS SETE
Exhibition-Performance-Conference extraordinaire
Curated by Didier Calleja
Facebook event: here

PROVENCE
May 7- June 24
OÙ Galerie Paradis
Exhibition with Philippe TURC, Nicole PEYRAFITTE, Anne KIESECOMS
Commissariat Denis Brun
152 rue Paradis, 13006 Marseille
Opening / vernissage:  May 16th

May 29, 30 & 31
NP at Festival Les Eauditives en Provence Verte
Barjols 83670
Several performances & launch of French edition of Bi-Valve: Espace Vulvique /Connaissance Vulvique

Sunday, June 7    7PM
Jardin des 5 Sens & des Formes Premières 
Saint-Marc-Jaumegarde  13100
NP Perfdinatoire! Guest artist: Denis Brun

PARIS
Tuesday, June 9    7PM
PJ & NP reading/performance for Paris Poets Live Series at Berkeley Books of Paris
8 Rue Casimir-Delavigne, 75006 Paris – France

IT ALREADY HAPPENED:
Nicole’s performance at The Poetry Project  on Wednesday March 25th 2015: here
Cabaret Hérétique w/ Adrain Cohen at Bowery Poetry & Science on Sunday March 8th, snippet: here
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Poetry Project Performance Documentation 02/25/2015

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This is the documentation of my portion of the soirée at The Poetry Project (NYC-February 25, 2015 ) with Michael Bisio on bass. Thank you Sally Rhodes for the iPhone photos & video capture. The painting was made live without hands, see pictures & videos.

The material presented included:
-Parts of a on-going series started in 2011 called RRM: Remember-Reflect-Mark.
-Sections of a forthcoming book US SCO/APES bilingual edition by French publisher éditions Plaine Page.
-Sections from the Red Carnet -in progress- 
& overall this is the continuation of the work presented in Bi-Valve: the Vulvic Space / Vulvic Knowledge– published by Lori Anderson-Moseman at Stockport Flats this documents 17 texts/ 17 visuals/ 1 recipe & a recording of the material with Michael Bisio .  Thank you Poetry Project!

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Lake Palourde from US SCO/APES

Hemna de Oô from Bi-Valve: Vulvic Space Vulvic Knowledge


Live Painting

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“Un Auròst” January 1 2015 at Poetry Project


Video capture Richard Berger
“Un Auròst” —with Michael Bisio on bass— at Poetry Project New Year’s Day Benefit Reading.

This tri-lingual piece was written with words from three sources. Most come via Maria Blanca (1765-1849), the last aurostaira or professional mourner — a soothsayer, in fact, & even more so a “truth-sayer.” Maria Blanca was from the Vallée d’Aspa in the French Pyrenees. The other words come via Marcabrun (1130-1150), one of the earliest troubadours & finally some are my own.

Heads up!
The full schedule of upcoming events will come up in a few weeks but save the dates for:

Nicole Peyrafitte & Sunnylynn Thibodeaux at The Poetry Project —Wednesday February 25th 8PM —Michael Bisio will be also part of my reading/performance .

& back by popular demand: the Cabaret Hérétique w/ Adrian Cohen on piano on Sunday March 8 8:30PM at Bowery Arts & Science

Je Suis Charlie

NYC Washington Park Saturday January 10

Cabaret Hérétique Sunday Nov 16 6PM

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In the tradition of Cabaret Voltaire, Nicole Peyrafitte’s presents :
CABARET HERETIQUE
Sunday November 16 2014 6PM
BOWERY POETRY CLUB

a voco-musico-poetico-comestible performance focused on
100 years of chansons poetry & food!

This is the premiere of a seventy-five minute show where Edith Piaf can rendez-vous with Henri Michaux & Fréhel with Tristan Tzara. Musical director & pianist Adrian Cohen weaves his distinctive touch on piano & synthesizer throughout Nicole’s hairetikós selections. Vintage videos, original works, special guests & complementary delicious sampling of food are on the menu.  

Nicole Peyrafitte: Born in the French Pyrenees. Her texts, voice-work, paintings, videos, & cooking are showcased in a range of multi-lingual & multi-faceted performances, recordings & publications. Her work is informed & characterized by an artistic quest between two continents & four languages. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, poet Pierre Joris. More info: http://www.nicolepeyrafitte.com/

Adrian Cohen, born in Niagara Falls NY, graduated from the Berklee School of Music in Boston. He opened for artists such as Terence Blanchard, Larry Coryell & K.D.Lang & recently performed with the Charles Neville Quartet at Blue Note in New York. He lives in Brooklyn, NY where he runs a thriving teaching studio. http://www.carrollgardenspiano.com/

With guest readers: Bob Holman, Sophie Malleret, Nada Gordon, Douglas Rothschild, Pierre Joris, Noel Urayoan

Complimentary appetizers by:
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Tickets in Advance $10 here
$15 at the door
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RSVP NYC HOME SALON a New Interview Reading Series

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If you RSVP’d to the March 15th Salon via email [email protected] ( that is before Sunday March 9th)
PLEASE DO IT AGAIN! because I didn’t get your message since
I made a mistake when I set up the gmail address.
the correct address is:
[email protected] 
Sorry for the inconvenience.


RSVP NYC 

(an interview/reading)
HOME SALON
To provide a space for conversation and
create a more meaningful feeling of community
Free events at rotating homes 

RSVP #1:
SATURDAY MARCH 15th
at the home of Pierre Joris  & Nicole Peyrafitte
Gathering 5PM/Reading 6PM

SERVING & GRILLING: 


JEAN PORTANTE

Poet from Luxembourg ( see bio below)
SOUP & SALAD

You CAN BRING:
Drinks/cheese/dessert/bread/crackers/hors d’oeuvres
Let us know what you’ll bring when you RSVP. 

You MUST RSVP to:
[email protected]
 (no exception)

Space limited to the first 25 people – first come first serve basis
Address & direction will be given to you when with your RSVP confirmation: [email protected] 

 

If you are interested in volunteering to help or host please email us at

 Jean Portante was born in Differdange (Luxembourg) in 1950. He is of Italian origin. He lives in Paris. He has written more than fifty books, including poetry, novels, stories, plays, essays, and translations, and has been widely translated. His books have been published in Luxembourg, France, Belgium, Switzerland, Quebec, Ireland, Italy, Rumania, Bulgaria, Portugal, Germany, Slovakia, Serbia, Argentina, Colombia, Mexico, Great-Britain, etc. He translated to the French poets like Juan Gelman, Jerome Rothenberg, Pierre Joris, John Deane, Gonzalo Rojas, Edoardo Sanguineti, Valerio Magrelli, Durs Grünbein, etc.

In 2003 his book L’Etrange langue was awarded the Prix Mallarme in France, and the same year Portante was awarded the Grand Prix d’Automne de la Societe des Gens de Lettres for his entire work. In 2005, French editor Le Castor Astral published a personal anthology, La Cendre des mots, containing a selection of his work from 1989 to 2005.

Having lived in Cuba for many years Portante is very much at home in Latin America, and a prominent translator of Latin American poetry. Politically, he remains a combative spokesman for the Left in his columns for Le Jeudi, and is highly regarded for his representation of Italian immigrant experience in Luxembourg as described in his autobiographically-inspired novel Mrs Haroy ou la mémoire de la baleine.

In English he has published: Point. Eraising, The Daedalus Press, 2003 and In Reality, Seren Books, June 2013.

As a novelist, Jean Portante published, among others, Mrs Haroy ou la memoire de la baleine, which has been translated into many languages. He is also the author of a biographical essay on Allen Ginsberg: Allen Ginsberg. L’autre Amerique. Le Castor Astral, 1999.

Since 2006, Jean Portante is member of the Academie Mallarme, based in Paris. In 2008, he founded, in France, with the French poet Jacques Darras, the poetry magazine Inuits dans la jungle. In Luxembourg he is at the head of the literary magazine Transkrit.

In 2011 he was awarded the National Literature Award of Luxembourg for his entire work.

About:

In Reality: Selected Poems

Jean Portante

Zoë Skoulding (trans.)

Jean Portante is a lyric poet, and also one who has something to say to an international audience. As a Francophone Luxemburger of Italian descent, his poetry works at the spaces between European cultures and is concerned with themes of identity, politics, language, Europe, the divide between politics and everyday life. This dual language edition collects work from the last 20 years, including poems from his 2013 collection, Après le tremblement, which addresses an earthquake in his ancestral Italian village.

Rich in imagery, and addressing themes like memory and forgetting, Portante’s poetry moves discursively to a telling conclusion, which engages readers in whatever language they encounter him. The poems are presented in dual text.

Pierre Joris wrote of this book: “In reality, reality is ghosted by a multiplicity of forms of energy & energies of form it is the poet’s job to reveal & hide in the double play of his languages’ hide & seek. Jean Portante is a master at just that chassé-croisé of language & meaning, of real ghosts & ghostly realities. One ‘In Reality’ can (& does) hide another. Read on & in.”