It is impossible to wrap my head around Steve’s departure. I met Steve and Yuko at an Art opening for Mary Beach in the early 2000. When I permanently moved to NYC in 2007, they were incredibly supportive. They took me around and Steve got me several readings & introduced me to a lot of great music & musiciens.
When I asked them to be part of my film Thing Fall Where They Lie along with Eric Sarner & Katalin Pataki, they were once again totally supportive. We shot for one week. These two pairs of artists had never met each other and their backgrounds were four different countries and four different mother-tongues. What was supposed to be some sort of historical portrait of Bagnères-de-Luchon, my hometown in the French Pyrenees, became an exercise in poetic drift through their personal stories. They all fell in love with each other, they shared love for jazz and poetry — their sensitivities coupled with a joyous curiosity took over. For seven days, shooting in cinéma vérité style, I followed them in the once upon a time glamorous spa where we all re-imagined the lives of a famous jazz violinist and of Karl Marx’s grandson, both buried in Bagnères-de-Luchon.
Steve was inexhaustibly funny, smart, bringing so much to the group dynamic of group — & yes! He was happy for a full week! I personally never saw him so consistently happy for one full week. I spent countless hours editing the film, and it truly was a joy, I loved looking at Steve on the screen, his soft gaze, his pursing lips, his deambulations….
We have not lost Steve, he departed before us. Thank you for being you, Steve, and to you Yuko, be strong! We need you! Much much love and we hug you tight.
I am so blessed to have known you, Steve: you enriched and brought much joy to my life. I love you forever.
Steve’s last reading — shortly before the massive brain hemorrhage. He transitioned at 5:04 next morning:
We are almost in Austin after an exhilarating drive through America and some memorable visits — special mentions to Serpent Mound and to Paris, Kentucky; you can find the documentation of these moments on my Instagram & Facebook pages.
We are ready & very much looking forward to an intense 4 days of poetry readings & performances, reconnecting with old friends & meeting new ones.
Below, our specific reading times — but do check out the full schedule for details here.
Pierre: 2:30 PM Social Justice I @ Holiday Inn Austin Midtown: 6000 Middle Fiskville Rd. 78752 /Learning Center
Nicole: 4:30 PM Woman Read @ Book Woman: 5501 N. Lamar Blvd. Austin 78751
Pierre: 11:00A AM Social Justice @ Kick Butt Café 5775 Airport Boulevard Austin 78752
Nicole: 1:00 PM Visual Poetry @ Holiday Inn Austin Midtown: 6000 Middle Fiskville Rd. 78752
Pierre & Nicole : 1PM A full Domopoetics Action @ Holiday Inn Austin Midtown: 6000 Middle Fiskville Rd. 78752
Pierre & Nicole : 5PM PANEL w/ Roger West: The Role of the international poet in an age of increasing isolationism and nationalism.
I am delighted to share this event with my long time art-sister Lori Anderson-Moseman.
We both have recent books out and we will launch them together!
Lori’s book : Y (The Operating System, 2019)
& mine is : Landsc0pe (Plaine Page, 2018)
reading at Berl’s Poetry Brooklyn
Thursday March 14 2018 @ 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Lori Anderson Moseman’s poetry collections include Y, (The Operating System, 2019), Light Each Pause (Spuyten Duyvil, 2017), Flash Mob (Spuyten Duyvil, 2016), All Steel (Flim Forum Press, 2012), Temporary Bunk (Swank Books, 2009), Persona (Swank Books, 2003), and Cultivating Excess (The Eighth Mountain Press, 1992). Her collection DARN is forthcoming from Delete Press in 2019. Her collaboration with book artist Karen Pava Randall, Full Quiver, is available from Propolis Press. Her collaborations with artist Sheila Goloborokto are featured in Talon Review v.2 n.1 and Dusie 17: The Ecopoethos Issue. A former educator, she ran the press Stockport Flats from 2006-2016. See: www.loriandersonmoseman.com
Nicole Peyrafitte is a Pyrenean-born pluridisciplinary artist whose writings, films/videos, paintings & voice-work draw on her eclectic background & the experiences of shaping identity across two continents and four languages. Latest books & projects: Landsc0pe (Plaine Page 2018) Bi-Valve, Vulvic Space | Vulvic Knowledge (Plaine Page 2016) Carnets 1 & 2 ( RedFox Press 2016-2019) Liminal Thread (Venternier 2017). In 2018 she completed Things Fall Where They Lie, an impro-cinéma-vérité documentary film. In 2017, she created Domopoetic Works, a three-tier exhibition of art- and video-works at the Galerie Simoncini in Luxembourg, with her husband & often-times collaborator Pierre Joris. They reside in Brooklyn. More at: www.nicolepeyrafitte.com
A HAPPY 2019 TO YOU ALL!
Tuesday January 22 6:00PM
Pierre & Nicole w/ Charles Bernstein and other poets.
A Night With American Poets Against US Sanctions on Iran on the night of the State of the Union
Busboys And Poets
2021 14th St NW, Washington, District of Columbia, 20009
Saturday February 9 1:30PM
Nicole feature poet
The Excelsior Pub
54 Philip St, Albany, NY 12207, USA
Pierre & Nicole at the Austin International Poetry Festival
Pierre & Nicole translation panel & poetry readings at New Orleans Poetry Festival
Revolution Goes Through Walls, by Safaa Fathy (SplitLevel Texts). Translated from the Arabic by Safaa Fathy and Pierre Joris; now long listed for the 2019 PEN Award for Poetry in Translation. Purchase
Adonis & Pierre Joris : Conversation in the Pyrenees Contra Mundum Press, 2018
with a Pyrenean Invocation by Nicole Peyrafitte
Méditations sur les Stations de Mansour al-Hallaj Pierre Joris (translated into French by Habib Tengour; APIC Algiers)
N & P
Junction Box Issue 11
A very special edition, featuring a number of papers & documentation delivered at the Black Mountain College symposium, which took place in Crickhowell, Wales, over a weekend in May 2018.
We both participated and here are our contributions:
Pierre Joris: Olson Now
Nicole Peyrafitte: Basil King: Mirage (A Film) — A great opportunity to see the entire film if you haven’t yet —plus drawings from Carnets
LANDSC0PE, Éditions Plaine Page, June 2018
U.S book release TBA / disponible chez votre libraire et/ou en vente ici
CARNET 2, an artist book by Redfoxpress, Ireland, August 2018.
available here / en vente ici
Requiem for Gaza available here
LiveMag #15 online
Forthcoming in 2019:
Meditations on the Stations of Mansur al-Hallaj (translated into Arabic by Safaa Fathy; Cairo)
Arabia (Not So) Deserta Essays on Maghrebi and Mashreqi Literary & Cultural Matters. (Spuyten Duyvil, New York)
Microliths : The Complete Posthumous Prose by Paul Celan (attem press).