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PLU Open Mic feat. Nicole Peyraffite, Pierre Joris

PLU Open Mic feat. Nicole Peyraffite, Pierre Joris

Hosted by JFMcG. Photos (mostly) by Bob.

Well, that’s it. We’ve survived the Augustness of Paris and demonstrated that life does exist in the City of Light throughout the summer. This week was no exception: from our guest readers Nicole Peyraffite and Pierre Joris (with nearly 100 books to their names), to our twenty-some readers including five sacrificial virgins, the last night of PLU Summer Edition left little to be desired.

First round included Steve’s last performance which came in the form of an Ode:

“This place never ceases to amaze…”

…followed by Bob’s Love of Psychosis and the virgin Ishmael’s Poet’s Republic of Brixton reading Can you hear me?, If heaven was a day away and One judge. Chronos mixed French, English and Russian, James (V) did a kissing + signing Duet, and then dedicated Strong house and One year less to his passed mother. Elliot, also a (V) from Wales did Hands, Jazz, The Art of Humanity and had a really cool notebook. Rob slammed over from Vancouver, CA with Oh no, another relationship problem: the open relationship. Then stood there Naked, closing with Beer, marriage and guns:

“You wear that dress like whiskey wears ice…”

Before we came to the special guests, David Leo Sirois flew back in with three pigeon poems Silver windowsill, A necklace and The First Flaneurs. Then Nicole Peyraffite did this:

Round two began with another special guest performance by Pierre Joris, again captured on video:

Moe Segar gave us some Jazz Poems followed by our special guest on September 18th – Steve Dalachinsky – who came by early and performed a bit from his new book before sharing the stage with his wife, Yuko who read Fire and the extinguished it with Water. Barbara, first time (V) ever on any stage anywhere, read from her poetry exercise Take something big and make it small and did a parody of William Carlos William’s This is just to say. Finally, closing us out we had Nick and Rufo – two favorites.

Stay tuned next week for a bunch of new rentrée surprises!

Nicole Peyrafitte is a pluridisciplinary artist born and raised in the Gascony part of the Pyrenees & residing in Brooklyn, NY. Her texts, voice-work, paintings, videos, & cooking are displayed in a range of multi-lingual & multi-faceted performances. Peyrafitte’s work is informed & characterized by a daily practice — a quest for life in art and art in life between two continents & four languages. Selected works: Ride the Line & The Calendar (1997); Caput Vox Grotto (1998) with Lori Anderson-Moseman; Quolibets (1999) and Ninon(2001) with Holland Hopson; The Crepe, The Theorist, The Chef & The Volunteer (2000) with Belle Gironda; The Bi-Continental Chowder/La Garbure Transcontinentale (2004) and Whisk Don’t Churn (2006) with Michael BisioHer latest book/CD is Bi-Valve : Vulvic Space/Vulvic Knowledge, 17 paintings, 17 multilingual texts, 1 recipe & 1 CD (Stockport Flats, 2013). Upcoming: She is presently co-editing (with Pierre Joris) Talvera, An Anthology of Occitan Literature from the Dawn of the Troubadours to Tomorrow (forthcoming 2016). Two upcoming publications Fall 2014: Limimal Thread by editions Les Venterniers & Linebook  by Redfoxpress, Ireland Other collaborations include: ManifestO&A (1998); déPLACEmentS (1999); Sumericabachbones (2003); Picasso, Pablo Ruiz: Spanish Poet Who Dabbled in Painting, Drawing, & Sculpture (2010); Translating Paul Celan into the 21th Century (2011 & 2012); Domopoetics (2012 & 2013); Diwan Iffrikya: The Making of The Antholgy of North African Literature (2013), all with Pierre Joris. Trialogues (2009) with Pierre Joris & Michael Bisio; Sax, Soup, Video & Voice (2007) with Pierre Joris & Joe Giardullo. In 2012 she wrote & co-directed the documentary film“Basil King: MIRAGE” with Miles Joris-Peyrafitte. 


Pierre Joris has moved between the US, Europe & North Africa for 45 years, publishing close to 50 books of poetry, essays and translations, most recently Barzakh (Poems 2000-2012) from Black Widow Press, Bernat Manciet’s Ode to James Dean (co-translated from Occitan with Nicole Peyrafitte, from mindmade books), Meditations on the Stations of Mansur al-Hallaj (poems) from Chax Press & from UCP The University of California Book of North African Literature (vol. 4 in the Poems for the Millennium series), coedited with Habib Tengour. Exile is My Trade: A Habib Tengour Reader edited, introduced & translated by Pierre Joris (Black Widow Press) came out in early 2012 as did Pierre Joris: Cartographies of the In-between, edited by Peter Cockelbergh, with essays on Joris’ work by, among others, Mohamed Bennis, Charles Bernstein, Nicole Brossard, Clayton Eshleman, Allen Fisher, Christine Hume, Robert Kelly, Abdelwahab Meddeb, Jennifer Moxley, Jean Portante, Carrie Noland, Alice Notley, Marjorie Perloff & Nicole Peyrafitte (Litteraria Pragensia, Charles University, Prague, 2011). The Collected Later Poems of Paul Celan, translated & annotated by Pierre Joris, is scheduled for December 2014 from Farrar, Strauss & Giroux. Other recent books include The Meridian: Final Version—Drafts—Materials by Paul Celan (Stanford U.P. 2011), Canto Diurno #4: The Tang Extending from the Blade, (poems, 2010), Justifying the Margins: Essays 1990-2006 (Salt Books), Aljibar I & II (poems) & the CD Routes, not Roots (with Munir Beken, oud; Mike Bisio, bass; Ben Chadabe, percussion; Mitch Elrod, guitar; Ta’wil Productions). Further translations include Paul Celan: Selections (UC Press) & Lightduress by Paul Celan which received the 2005 PEN Poetry Translation Award. With Jerome Rothenberg he edited Poems for the Millennium, vol. 1 & 2: The University of California Book of Modern & Postmodern Poetry. He lives in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn with his wife, performance artist Nicole Peyrafitte & teaches poetry & poetics at the State University of New York, Albany. Check out his Nomadics Blog.

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