The Realness, The Foundation

Paolo Javier, author of Court of the Dragon (Nightboat Books, forthcoming). Editor/publisher of 2ndavepoetry.com. Queens Poet Laureate, 2010-2014.  http://epc.buffalo.edu/authors/javier/.                             

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http://www.versobooks.com/books/956-the-case-for-sanctions-against-israel

Leading international voices argue for boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel.In July 2011, Israel passed legislation outlawing the public support of boycott activities against the state, corporations, and settlements, adding a crackdown on free speech to its continuing blockade of Gaza and the expansion of illegal settlements. Nonetheless, the campaign for boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) continues to grow in strength within Israel and Palestine, as well as in Europe and the US.
This essential intervention considers all sides of the movement—including detailed comparisons with the South African experience—and contains contributions from both sides of the separation wall, along with a stellar list of international commentators.


With contributions by Ra’anan Alexandrowicz, Merav Amir, Hind Awwad, Mustafa Barghouthi, Omar Barghouti, Dalit Baum, Joel Beinin, John Berger, Angela Davis, Nada Elia, Marc H. Ellis, Noura Erakat, Neve Gordon, Ran Greenstein, Ronald Kasrils, Jamal Khader, Naomi Klein, Paul Laverty, Mark LeVine, David Lloyd, Ken Loach, Haneen Maikey, Rebecca O’Brien, Ilan Pappe, Jonathan Pollak, Laura Pulido, Lisa Taraki, Rebecca Vilkomerson, Michael Warschawski, and Slavoj Žižek

DOWNLOAD FREE EBOOK FROM VERSO:

http://www.versobooks.com/books/956-the-case-for-sanctions-against-israel

Leading international voices argue for boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel.

In July 2011, Israel passed legislation outlawing the public support of boycott activities against the state, corporations, and settlements, adding a crackdown on free speech to its continuing blockade of Gaza and the expansion of illegal settlements. Nonetheless, the campaign for boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) continues to grow in strength within Israel and Palestine, as well as in Europe and the US.

This essential intervention considers all sides of the movement—including detailed comparisons with the South African experience—and contains contributions from both sides of the separation wall, along with a stellar list of international commentators.

With contributions by Ra’anan Alexandrowicz, Merav Amir, Hind Awwad, Mustafa Barghouthi, Omar Barghouti, Dalit Baum, Joel Beinin, John Berger, Angela Davis, Nada Elia, Marc H. Ellis, Noura Erakat, Neve Gordon, Ran Greenstein, Ronald Kasrils, Jamal Khader, Naomi Klein, Paul Laverty, Mark LeVine, David Lloyd, Ken Loach, Haneen Maikey, Rebecca O’Brien, Ilan Pappe, Jonathan Pollak, Laura Pulido, Lisa Taraki, Rebecca Vilkomerson, Michael Warschawski, and Slavoj Žižek

"My respect for the wounded is endless, in their contained determination in the midst of pain, agony and shock; my admiration for the staff and volunteers is endless. My closeness to the Palestinian “sumud” [steadfastness] gives me strength, although in glimpses I just want to scream, hold someone tight, cry, smell the skin and hair of the warm child, covered in blood, protect ourselves in an endless embrace – but we cannot afford that, nor can they." - Dr. Mads Gilbert, volunteer doctor in Shifa.
The only way to make sense of Israel’s senseless war in Gaza is through understanding the historical context. Establishing the state of Israel in May 1948 involved a monumental injustice to the Palestinians. British officials bitterly resented American partisanship on behalf of the infant state. On 2 June 1948, Sir John Troutbeck wrote to the foreign secretary, Ernest Bevin, that the Americans were responsible for the creation of a gangster state headed by “an utterly unscrupulous set of leaders”. I used to think that this judgment was too harsh but Israel’s vicious assault on the people of Gaza, and the Bush administration’s complicity in this assault, have reopened the question. - Avi Shlaim

Bloodflames Revisited: Ode to Summer
A Poetry Reading & Dance Performance
Thursday, July 17th

Paul Kasmin Gallery
6:30 pm: 293 Tenth Avenue
7:15 pm: 515 West 27th Street

Please join us for an evening of words and movement, inspired by Bloodflames Revisited, a Rail Curatorial Project in collaboration with Paul Kasmin Gallery. Four poets commissioned for the occasion will read a selection of recent work, and will be followed by a work of dance. Performances will begin in the 10th Avenue gallery, and continue around the corner on West 27th Street.
 
Poems by:
Paolo Javier
Rachel Levitsky
Barry Schwabsky
Klara Pam Dick
 
Dance Performance by:
Sarah Maxfield
Aretha Aoki
Emily Wexler

IN CONVERSATION: MARIA HASSABI, PAOLO JAVIER, AND KANEZA SCHAAL
Co-presented by Baryshnikov Arts Center and Poets House
Friday, June 27, 2014
7 PM
Poets House, 10 River Terrace, NYC
In conjunction with the site-based presentation of Maria Hassabi’s dance performance PREMIERE at Bowling Green, join Maria Hassabi, Paolo Javier, and Kaneza Schaal in a conversation about the role of and relationship between word, image, and movement across disciplines. Each artist, working in dance, poetry, and theater respectively, blurs lines between disciplines in varying ways.This event is part of an ongoing partnership among the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Baryshnikov Arts Center, and Poets House. Bringing together poets and other artists of varying disciplines, we aim to ignite a dialogue through which interconnectivity across practices will be revealed, and potential collaborations may emerge.
Admission free.

IN CONVERSATION: MARIA HASSABI, PAOLO JAVIER, AND KANEZA SCHAAL

Co-presented by Baryshnikov Arts Center and Poets House

Friday, June 27, 2014

7 PM

Poets House, 10 River Terrace, NYC

In conjunction with the site-based presentation of Maria Hassabi’s dance performance PREMIERE at Bowling Green, join Maria HassabiPaolo Javier, and Kaneza Schaal in a conversation about the role of and relationship between word, image, and movement across disciplines. Each artist, working in dance, poetry, and theater respectively, blurs lines between disciplines in varying ways.

This event is part of an ongoing partnership among the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Baryshnikov Arts Center, and Poets House. Bringing together poets and other artists of varying disciplines, we aim to ignite a dialogue through which interconnectivity across practices will be revealed, and potential collaborations may emerge.

Admission free.

Lunch Poems by Frank O’Hara 50th Anniversary Celebration

6/11 @ 8 pm @ the Poetry Project

131 E. 10th Street (& 2nd Ave), NYC

Frank O’Hara’s Lunch Poems, first published in 1964 by City Lights Books as number nineteen in the Pocket Poets series, is being reprinted in a new 50th anniversary edition. We love a big group reading almost as much as Frank O’Hara. So, to conclude our 47th season, we’re hosting a reading of the entire book. With Justin Vivian Bond, Peter Schjeldahl, David Shapiro, Tony Towle, Edmund Berrigan, John Godfrey, Trace Peterson, David Henderson, Patricia Spears Jones, Edwin Torres, Charles North, Karen Weiser, Simone White, Adam Fitzgerald, Vincent Katz, Erica Hunt, Andrew Durbin, John Coletti, Nicole Wallace, Jacqueline Waters, Sharon Mesmer, Stacy Szymaszek, Arlo Quint, Lisa Jarnot, Lee Ann Brown, Marcella Durand, PAOLO JAVIER, Guillermo Filice Castro, Bruce Andrews, Krystal Languell, Betsy Fagin & Bill Kushner. In the Sanctuary.

Admission: $8, $7 Students + Seniors, $5/Free for Members

I’ll be reading with the incomparable Jill Magi, author of LABOR (Nightboat Books, 2014), with the terrific poet/translator Jen Hofer, on Wednesday June 4, 7pm, at Berl’s Poetry Shop (126A Front Street, next to Superfine) in D.U.M.B.O, Brooklyn.

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and Jill will be taking part in a double book launch: with Jan Clausen to celebrate her powerhouse of a book, Veiled Spill, on Tuesday June 10, 7pm, at Powder Keg in Brooklyn, 33 Flatbush Avenue (Flatbush at Livingston Street), 3rd floor. Jill will read from LABOR and other poet guests will join Jan and her.

More deets on Jill’s book: http://www.nightboat.org/title/labor