Three Forthcoming Books and a Rimbaud Review

None of these three books will be available soon, but they look interesting. ••• Sojourning for freedom : Black Women, American Communism, and the Making of Black Left Feminism. by Erik S. McDuffie. Durham [NC] : Duke University Press, 2011. McDuffie has written on Black women in the Communist Party. His perspective seems to be the “revisionist” […]

Noted in Passing: Dunayevskaya, the Iranian Left, Rimbaud

The Marxists Internet Archive has made available a 1958 piece by Raya Dunayevskaya called “Colonial Revolts and the Creativity of People.” ••• The editors of the journal Revolutionary History have released a new issue on the Iranian revolutionary movement, “The Left in Iran: 1941-1957” (Vol. 10, No. 3). Unfortunately, this valuable resource for the history […]

A New Translation of Rimbaud’s Illuminations: II

The New Yorker‘s print issue of February 7, 2011 contains another of poet John Ashbery’s translations (“Cities”) from the forthcoming W.W. Norton edition of Arthur Rimbaud’s Illuminations (see my previous post for an earlier appearance of a translation). The publication date looks like it has now been pushed back to May. Surrealism is strongly anticipated […]

A New Translation of Rimbaud’s Illuminations

W.W. Norton will publish a new translation of Rimbaud’s Illuminations by the poet John Ashbery in April. The New York Review of Books features one of them, Tale, in its current issue (January 13, 2011). In the interest of textual comparison, I have reproduced below the first paragraph of Ashbery’s translation, followed by that of […]