Kenning Editions proudly announces the publication of two new books of poetry.
Festivals of Patience: The Verse Poems of Arthur Rimbaud, translated by Brian Kim Stefans, with a foreword by Jennifer Moxley.
Poet of “logical revolts,” of sexual freedom, inveterate modernist, Symbolist, and inspiration to beatniks, conceptual artists and punks, Arthur Rimbaud wrote some of the most enduring poems of world literature. His career lasted all of five years, between 1870-1875. Here is a collection of all of his poems in verse, in a new English translation by American poet Brian Kim Stefans. With Rimbaud’s sense of songcraft in mind, Stefans has retained the French meters in his English versions. He is the first to have done this. The book opens with a Latin poem that Rimbaud wrote more than a year before his first known French poem, and it ends with a short poem he wrote a few years after leaving Paris, one which became a touchstone for Surrealist Andre Breton. CAConrad declares, “Brian Kim Stefans sets us ablaze with his astonishing new Rimbaud, proving it takes a worldly, genius poet to translate another. This book is a masterpiece!”
Brian Kim Stefans is a poet, digital artist and theorist who teaches in the English Department at UCLA. Recent poetry publications include the chapbook “A Theatrical Oasis in the Spine of the Moon” (2020), “Viva Miscegenation”: New Writing (2013), Kluge: A Meditation and other works (2007) and What Is Said to the Poet Concerning Flowers (2006). A volume of speculative literary criticism, Word Toys: Poetry and Technics, was published by the University of Alabama Press in 2017.
Festivals of Patience is also available as an ebook; search for ISBN 978-1-7343176-2-6
Coronavirus Haiku, by Worker Writers School, edited and introduced by Mark Nowak.
The Worker Writers School supports writers from one of New York City’s most ubiquitous yet least-heard populations: low-wage workers. Mark Nowak, a writer and founding director of the school, presents a selection of haiku written by “frontline workers” during the Covid 19 crisis. The poets included here had already been studying examples of the form and its connection to political resistance from seventeenth-century Japan to the Black Arts Movement of the twentieth century, as well as its capacity to amplify voices of everyday life. These “coronavirus haiku” convey moments of protest, solace, wonder, certainty, love, and strife. The writers in this anthology hail from the school’s worker center partners in New York City including Domestic Workers United, New York Taxi Workers Alliance, Damayan Migrant Workers Association, Street Vendor Project, and Retail Action Project: Thomas Barzey, Kerl Brooks, Estabon Chimilio, Nimfa Despabiladeras, Lorraine Garnett, Davidson Garrett, Seth Goldman, Christine Lewis, Doreen McGill, Alando McIntyre, Kelebohile Nkhereanye, Alfreda Small, and Paloma Zapata.
Mark Nowak is a poet, cultural critic, playwright and essayist, from Buffalo, New York. Nowak is the author of three poetry collections: Coal Mountain Elementary (Coffee House Press, 2009), Shut Up Shut Down (Coffee House Press, 2004), and Revenants (Coffee House Press, 2000). A portion of his critical book, Social Poetics (Coffee House Press, 2020), chronicles his work with the Worker Writers School.
Coronavirus Haiku is also available as an ebook; search for ISBN 978-1-7343176-5-7
Join Kenning Editions, Pilsen Community Books, and PEN America as we launch Coronavirus Haiku with readings from Mark Nowak and members of the Worker Writers School today, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM CDT. Register for this free, virtual event here.
The Flowchart Foundation is going to project a selection of the haiku atop a huge canopy in downtown Hudson, NY. This is the second in their series called “Tentacle.” Coronavirus Haiku will stream on the canopy each night for the first two weeks of May.
Also this spring/summer, look for selections from the book to appear on Manhattan bus stop kiosks. These short video renditions are being created by Burn the Film (Zhengfan Yang and Shengze Zhu), in collaboration with Worker Writers School poet Alando McIntyre. Meanwhile, read some of the haiku on the Worker Writers School Twitter and Instagram pages.
We are organizing a launch event for Festivals of Patience, in collaboration with Small Press Traffic, and featuring readings and discussion with Brian Kim Stefans, Mathilda Cullen, Stephen Ira, Arastilde Kirby, and Anna Vitale. Details to follow soon.
Subscribe to Kenning Editions and receive all of our paperback books in the 2020-2021 season, including Festivals of Patience and Coronavirus Haiku. Also in the works are The Science of Departures by Adalber Salas Hernández, translated by Robin Myers; Hieroglyphs of the Inverted World by Rob Halpern; and books by Holly Melgard and Connie Scozzaro. A little further down the line is a selected poems of Elvira Hernández, translated by Alec Schumacher—whose translation of The Chilean Flag was long listed for ALTA’s National Poetry Award for 2020. We are also working on forthcoming books by Jay Wright, Charlie Markbreiter and Nathalie Quintane (translated by Marty Hiatt). As a subscriber, you will be the first to learn as additional projects come into view, as well as being the first to receive them in the mail!
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