Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Not Even Past: Conjunctions 53

Not Even Past is the title of the 53rd and latest edition of Conjunctions, Bard College's literary journal. This edition's special features deserve attention:

  • Beckett's US publisher Barney Rosset contributes Remembering Samuel Beckett including "the Beckett/Rosset Correspondence about Waiting for Godot". 

  • An extract from Roberto Bolaño's Antwerp

  • Thomas Bernhard's poem Ave Virgil  translated by James Reidel "appearing in English for the first time, with a postscript note by Bernhard"
Of course, the last of these excites my interest. It is mentioned in passing in the Sign & Sight interview of 1986. Bernhard explains its 1981 publication, 21 years after he wrote it: Well, I found it and I thought to myself, this is actually a good poem, from that period, and that was it. [My publisher] publishes everything I give him.

As I'm likely to buy everything Bernhard published, I'll have to get this too, although currently it is not currently available at The Book Depository or Amazon.

But not everything is withheld: Web Conjunctions has published The Will of Achilles, a long poem by Robert Kelly.

1 comment:

  1. That's a wonderful cover picture. I went to school in such a street, at the side of the Manchester Ship Canal, in the era when much of the UK's imports/exports arrived/went from/to the west, from/to the Atlantic and Irish Sea via the great port of Liverpool.

    Good informative article! Now to read your Sign & Sight interview...



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