Tag Archives: Bill Herbert

Losers’ Club, Jadavpur Convention

Things may have seemed quiet on Dubious Saints recently, but in fact losers have been failing to gather across the globe, under-achieving on a scale that scarcely disturbs the register. Here we see Sampurna and Bill at Jadavpur in February … Continue reading

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Translation into french : Bill Herbert’s poems in “Terre à ciel”

http://terreaciel.free.fr/Voixdumonde/billherbert.htm (Just edited this to make it an active link. Bill)

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May I?

And to the strains of Kevin Ayer’s louche (and now downright creepy) baritone classic, ‘May I?’, Les Loseurs lurch into May with even less news than usual… But wait, Alexandra Buchler and I have just been to Turkey for a … Continue reading

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Roselyne into Scots

Here are three poems from a set of seven I translated from the French of ‘Par La Porte du Silence’, a sequence Roselyne wrote on a Korean residency. Again, it was a sense that these particular poems might work well … Continue reading

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Sampurna’s Cities

Almost everyone translated ‘Cities,’ so perhaps, once we have all the versions, we should amalgamate them into this single posting? (Pretty much what we did in performance, anyway.) CITIES Sampurna CHATTARJI So tell me. Is it hot? Does it rain? … Continue reading

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Forgive the Flies in Bambaiya

When the invitation for the LAF workshop arrived i thought Hindi would be the one language i would go with. On day three, at Adishakti, while discussing ‘Dogs, Mobs and Rock Concerts’ with Sampurna i mentioned it might work well … Continue reading

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Bangla audio of Bill Herbert’s ‘Hieroglyphic’

Since the script got away, here’s the sound: Hieroglyphic

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Listen up!

Shantiniketan by Bill Herbert: Bangla audio by Sampurna Chattarji My first podcast ever, hence much excitement. While recording it, I realised how much easier it is to read to an audience than to a computer! Also how much the rendering … Continue reading

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Translation of Bill Herbert’s ‘Forgive the Flies’ into Tamil

Here’s Bill Herbert’s poem. Forgive the Flies We must forgive the flies because they are so young, their cortices so small, that they don’t understand what it is they crawl on. They greet everything like little deities: sugar and excrement … Continue reading

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From Sampurna: III

News from Shantiniketan, via my parents. ক্ষমা দি (how do I transliterate that in Roman – Khomadi, the way I would say it in Bengali, or Kshamadi, the way it would be written in Hindi?) has died. I met her … Continue reading

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