24PearlStreet Workshops and Events

Books That Matter:
Eileen Myles
The Perpetual Present of Etel Adnan Poetry June 4, 2024 Price: Regular Rate: $75.00 Teacher/Student Rate: $40.00
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LIVE via ZOOM: 6pm-7:30pm (Eastern Time)

Please join me in reading the book-length poem, The Arab Apocalypse, written in 1980 by Etel Adnan, artist and a novelist and one of the most significant post-modern poets in contemporary Arab culture. She died in 2021, the same year Time, translated by Sarah Riggs, won the Griffin Prize. Etel Adnan was born in Beirut, translated The Arab Apocalypse herself from French and this fiery, mournful and mutating book “has so surrendered to ‘being there,’ it can rivet the sensibility to the Middle Eastern condition at any point in the text,” with little 3-D pictograms occurring throughout. It is an astonishing feat, this book.

Recommended reading:

The Arab Apocalypse by Etel Adnan

Supplemental reading:

Sitt Marie Rose by Etel Adnan

“Jebu” a poem by Etel Adan (for a PDF copy, email jjean@fawc.org)


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Eileen Myles (they/them) came to New York from Boston in 1974 to be a poet, subsequently novelist and art journalist. Their many books include Pathetic Literature (forthcoming) which they edited, and a "Working Life" (poetry, forthcoming). Myles’s awards include a Guggenheim, a poetry award from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, and in 2022 they were inducted into the American Academy of Arts & Letters. Their books have been translated into many languages and Chelsea Girls just won France's Les Inrockuptibles prize for best foreign novel. They live in New York and Marfa, TX.





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