“Rattapallax is a vibrant looking new magazine and its sixth issue, edited by Martin Mitchell, formerly editor of Pivot, is its best so far. Whatever way you slice its syllabic curiosity, it’s a magazine and a press on the move, thundering into the future.” — Small Press Review
“Rattapallax is one sharp magazine destined to rise to the top of the literary magazine world, and one deserving of readership support. The idea of including a CD of authors reading from the issue is one which surely will be copied by other literary magazines, until it becomes standard practice. Hearing the poems read by the authors somehow elevates them, makes them stand taller, makes us listen more carefully.”– Clockwatch Review
The visceral, multimedia hit of poetry.– Timeout, New York
“(Its) first effort lives up to the promise to emulate the music and values of fine poetry of the past, and with stories that have action and events driven by character.” — Library Journal
“Twice a year, Rattapallax Press enthralls readers with stunning work of both new and seasoned wordsmiths in its oddly named literary journal, Rattapallax. These volumes, though few and far between, are chuck-full of sumptuous poetry, thought-provoking prose and unusual artwork. However, what makes Rattapallax different from other literary journals is the added dimension of sound. The journal comes with a bonus CD to tide hungry devotees over until the next issue arrives. Poetry junkies can listen along as the poets read their work.” — City Paper, Philadelphia
“But as courageous as the poets are, so the journals must be, also (and I do put Rattapallax in this category and so will always pick it up, even when I don’t recognise the man on the cover).” — Cordite
Four Stars — Folha de S.Paulo
“A number of literary magazines claim a focus on international writing; Rattapallax is one of the few that truly feels like it does.” — NewPages
Best of American Poetry 2003 (edited by Yusef Komunyakaa). Poems by Marilyn Nelson & Myra Shapiro.
Best of American Poetry 2004 (edited by Lyn Hejinian). Poems by Anselm Berrigan & Rodrigo Toscano.
A TRIBUTE TO AGHA SHAHID ALI [Edited by Yerra Sugarman, Christopher Merrill & M. L. Williams]: Robert Pinsky, Marie Ponsot, Grace Schulman & Jean Valentine. Ghazal for Shahid (Missing You in Palm Springs, 2001) featuring Kim Addonizio, Rafael Campo, Mark Doty, Carolyn Kizer, Maxine Kumin, Elizabeth Macklin, J. D. McClatchy, Heather McHugh, W. S. Merwin, Michael Palmer, William Wadsworth & others. WTC RELIEF READING (audio): Richard Price, Cornelius Eady, David Lehman, Suheir Hammad, Giandomenico Picco, Lou Reed & others. AUDIO FEATURES: Billy Collins & Glyn Maxwell. POETRY: Rhina P. Espaillat, Eamon Grennan, Rachel Hadas, Colette Inez, Marilyn Nelson, Pascal Petit, William Pitt Root, Charlie Smith, Karen Swenson, Diane Thiel, Deborah Warren & many others. NEW ARAB POETRY [Edited by Khaled Mattawa & Marilyn Hacker]: Mahmoud Abu Hashhash, Muftah al-Ammari, Anas al-Ayla, Fadhil Al-Azzawi, Muhammad al-Dayrawi, Maram al-Massri, Waleed al-Shaikh, Tahar Bekri, Andrée Chedid, Vénus Khoury-Ghata, Iman Mersal, Amjad Nasser, Fatima Qindil, Amina Saïd, Ghada Shafi’i, Habib Tengour & Saadi Youssef.
Best of American Poetry 2003 (edited by Yusef Komunyakaa) featuring poems by Marilyn Nelson & Myra Shapiro. NEW PERSIAN POETRY: Shadab Vadji, Manucher Atashi, M. A. Sepanlu, Mohammad-Reza Shafii-Kadkani, Ali Zarrin, Ahmad Shamlu, Omran Salahi, Katayoun Zandvakili, Mimi Khalvati, Parinaz Eleish, Mohammad Mokhtari, Esmail Khoi & Abbas Kiarostami. Also, popular Persian song lyrcis. Edited and songs performed by Haale. DIALOGUE THROUGH POETRY READING (audio): Sharon Olds, Sonia Sanchez, Breyten Breytenbach, Shashi Tharoor & Bob Holman. ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE POETRY (audio): Raymond Kurzweil’s Ramona, Edwin Torres, Anne Tardos, Juliana Spahr & Brian Stefans Kim. AUDIO FEATURES: Molly Peacock and Willie Perdomo. POETRY: Rick Moody, Marilyn Hacker, Eamon Grennan, William Pitt Root, Deborah Warren, Jeanne Marie Beaumont, Jeet Thayil, Karen Swenson, Elaine Sexton, Kate Light & many others.
Best of American Poetry 2004 (edited by Lyn Hejinian) featuring poems by Anselm Berrigan & Rodrigo Toscano. BEST AMERICAN AND BRAZILIAN POETRY edited by Flavia Rocha and Edwin Torres.
Indian Poets Respond to the Gujarat Riots: Dom Moraes, Meena Alexander, Jane Bhandari, Ranjit Hoskote, Arundhati Subramaniam, Vivek Narayanan, Jayanta Mahapatra, EV Ramakrishnan, Manohar Shetty, Arvind Krishna Mehrotra, Dilip Chitre, Atul Dodiya, H Masud Taj & Kabir. Edited by Jeet Thayil. The Age of MC SOLAAR: Major interview and translations of his songs. Also, included are tracks from his CDs. By Margo Berdeshevsky. Luciana Souza and Robert Creeley on Jazz. The Asian Massive Movement: Karsh Kale & Tabla Beat Science. PLUS: Josely Vianna Baptista, John Kinsella, Joy Harjo, Anne Waldman, Kimiko Hahn, Claire Malroux, Vénus Khoury-Ghata, Robin Becker, Rhina P. Espaillat, Albert Flynn DeSilver, Alberto Martins, Heriberto Yepez, Marilyn Hacker, Katalin Ladik, Sérgio Alcides, Paulo Henriques Britto, Joca Reiners Terron, Pavla Jónssonova, Jeffrey Harrison, Meg Kearney, Samuel Menashe, Rachel Wetzsteon, Elaine Sexton, Ricardo Rizzo, Chris Stroffolino, Nancy Mercado, Eugene Ostashevsky, Thad Rutkowski, Pansy Maurer-Alvarez, Caroline Sinavaiana, Didac P. Lagarriga, Matvei Yankelevich, Deborah Warren … Poems by French Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin and translations by Marilyn Hacker.
Centenary of Pablo Neruda: Martín Espada, Marciano, Luciana Souza, Marjorie Agosín, Nicomedes Suárez-Araúz, Edward Hirsch, Edwin Torres, Cecilia Vicuna, Ivón Gordon Vailakis, Kyi May Kaung & Emma Sepúlveda. 9 Young Poets from Chile: Gustavo Barrera, Carlos Baier, Javier Bello Alejandra Del Rio, Lila Diaz, Damsi Figueroa Rodrigo Rojas, Rafael Rubio & Leonardo Sanhueza. (Spanish & English). Fela Kuti & AIDS: Antibalas, DJ Spooky, Breyten Breytenbach, Timothy Liu, Toni Blackman, Sapphire & Clara Sala. PLUS: Roger Bonair-Agard, Charles Bernstein, Hedi Kaddour, Brenda Coultas, Lyn Heijian, Fernando Sanchez Sorondo, Andre Luiz Pinto, Elena Alexander, Charles Martin, Philip Nikolayev, Fernando Paixao, Emily XYZ, Martin Smartt Bell, and many more. Artwork by WK Interact, Abe Lincoln Jr. & others.
South African Poetry After Apartheid: Dennis Brutus, Robert Berold, Breyten Breytenbach, Vonani Bila, Alan Finlay, Allan Kolski Horwitz, Mbongeni Khumalo, Bernat Kruger, Kgafela oa Magogodi, Mzi Mahola, Lebogang M. Mashile, Isabella Motadinyane, Ike Mboneni Muila, Lesego Rampolokeng, Arja Salafranca & Kelwyn Sole. PLUS: Saul Williams, Rick Moody, Paul Beatty, Ernesto Cardenal, Sean Thomas Dougherty, Annie Finch, Lynn Freed, Brentley Frazer, Joao Bandeira, Kenneth Goldsmith, Tomas Harris, Colete Inez, Patricia Spear Jones, Eliot Katz, Mohammed Khair-Eddine, Marilyn Hacker, Samuel Menashe, Gonzalo Millan, Robert Morgan, Dael Orlandersmith, Margert Ryan, Jerome Rothenberg, Maria Soledad Quiroga, Virgil Suarez, Bruno Tolentino, Raul Zurita, Li-Young Lee, F.D. Reeve, Cid Campos, Augusto de Campos, Haroldo de Campos, Carl Hancock Rux & Second2Last.
Endangered Languages & Poetry edited by Catherine Feltcher. Breyten Breytenbach , Catherine Fletcher, Ima Aikio-Arianaick, Sherko Bekas, Iain Britton, Nora Marks Dauenhauer, Guy Etienne, Mererid Puw Davies, Dida Aguirre García, Latif Halmat, Tsjêbbe Hettinga, Jaime Luis Huenun, Iluen Clan, Gwyneth Lewis, Leonel Lienlaf, Iwan Llwyd, Gearóid Mac Lochlainn, Kevin MacNeil, Lorraine Dominique Nakai, Paulos Netabay, Cathal Ó Searcaigh, Tim Rakawurlma & Banjo Dinthali, Farhad Shakely, Janneke Spoelstra, Natalia Toledo, Kirmen Uribe, Wayãpi Clan, Wora Clan & Aku Wuwu. TheLouderArts Awake Prize Judged by Laure-Anne Bosselaar with winners John Pursley III, Lucy Anderton & Pamela Steele. Poetry After the Iranian Revolution edited by Niloufar Talebi: Abbas Saffari, A. H. Afrasiabi, Yadollah Royaï Shahrouz Rashid, Ziba Karbassi, Majid Naficy Granaz Moosavi, Saghi Ghahraman, Mana Aghaee Jamshid Moshkani, V. M. Airu, Roshanak Bigonah & Naanaam. New Lyric Poetry edited by Martin Mitchell & Lorna Blake. PLUS: Poetry by Latasha N. Nevada Diggs, Kate Light, Janet Kaplan, Laure-Anne Bosselaar , Landis Everson, Daniela Gioseffi, Brendan Lorber, Marty McConnell, Rich Villar, Mercedes Roffe, Sylvio Back, Marilyn Hacker, Salah Stetie, Lourdes Vazquez, Lila Zemborain, and others.
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Featured in the DVD are films and audio works by Abbas Kiarostami, Takeshi Kitano, Joyce Carol Oates, Ishle Park, Paul Bowles, Sherman Alexie, Elvira Hernandez, Fabrício Carpinejar, Anne Waldman, Martín Espada, Arnaldo Antunes and many others. DVD shown at the Zebra Film Awards, Berlin & Potenza Film Festival, Italy.
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Baptism of Solitude: A Tribute to Paul Bowles is a spoken word piece written and narrated by the legendary writer/composer Paul Bowles. The film combines real life photography of Bowles and cutting edge, elaborate animation. The film aired on Independent Film Channel and at the Tribeca Film Festival and directed by New York City filmmaker Tonya Hurley.
Forest Without Leaves. In spring 2005 filmmaker and artist Abbas Kiarostami presented his installation Forest Without Leaves at the V&A museum in London. His interest in people’s response to his work led to this short film with Daniel Mitelpunkt. Abbas Kiarostami is considered the most influential and controversial post-revolutionary Iranian filmmaker. He won the Palme d’Or at Cannes Film Festival for Taste of Cherry.
Isaiah’s Rap. A 14-year-old musician and poet responds to the attack on his TriBeCa neighborhood. Director: Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman have received two Academy Awards, multiple Emmy Awards, three Peabody Awards and a Guggenheim Fellowship for many films including Common Threads: Stories From The Quilt and The Times of Harvey Milk.
49: This short was written by and stars Sherman Alexie explores the Indian Musical Style known as a “49”. The film screened at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival and Seattle International Film Festival.
Casagrande bombing: as a counter reaction to the bombing of the Presidential Palace by Pinochet, a poetry guerellia organization called Casagrande dropped 100,000 poetry bookmarks over the Palace from a helicopter on March 23, 2001. The bookmarks twirled in circles and rained on the 10,000 spectactors who came to witness the spectacle.
Brutual Murder of a Poet: Jacques Roche is told through an audio story reported on NPR’s On the Media and is accompanied by photos and newspaper clippings about the popular Haitian journalist and poet Jacques Roche who was kidnapped and killed in July 2005.
Joyce Carol Oates extraordinary reading at the United Nations, NYC in 2001.
Selections of poetry films from Arnaldo Antunes is widely known as a musician (from 1982-1992 he was part of Titãs, one of Brazilian most beloved rock bands, and now works solo). His works of poetry include 2 ou + corpos no mesmo espaço (Persectiva, 1997, with CD) and Nome (BMG, 1993, plus video and CD).
From the AIC Film School in Brazil comes 7 Grilos/ 2 Cachorros (7 Crickets/ 2 Dogs) by Roberto Andreolli. (English subtitles).
Colors in the Mechanism of Concealment is a stinging film on the U.S. imprisonment at Guantanamo Prison by Anne Waldman and Ed Bowes.
A showcase of some of the films from the leading international poetry film festival based in Berlin–ZEBRA FILM FESTIVAL. Included are the winners from the competition. Love is the law by Eivind Tolas. The film is based on a text written and performed by the Norwegian stunt poet and musician, Ole Mads Vevle. His subjective and, at times, pornographic interpretation the Christian message of love, has the form of a news program. The film has won several international awards, including two first prizes from the Semaine de la Critique in Cannes, 2003. Other films include The Old Fools by Ruth Lingford based on a poem by Philip Larkin; Nummer twee written and directed by Guido van der Werve; and L.City by Sandro del Rosario. [ more info ]
The first english translations of Japanese film-maker Takeshi “Beat” Kitano’s twisted fairy tales. Translated by Sawako Nakayasu (winner of the PEN Translation award) and read by spoken-word poet Patrick Rosal. Kitano made several pivotal violent films about renegade cops and Japanese gangsters (Yakuza), but started acting as a comedian on TV. He acted in the underground cult-classic, Battle Royale, and directed Hana-bi, which won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival.
New recordings by spoken-word poets Ishle Parks, Patrick Rosal, Sean M. Whelan & Regie Cabico. A short story read by Kristina Gorcheva-Newberry.
First Draft Project: See on the screen the first draft of their poem and listen to the final version from poets Edward Hirsch, Meena Alexander & Brendan Lorber. Also, included are commentaries on the the second audio track explaining the poem. Poetry readings by Martín Espada from the Centenary of Neruda, Chilean poet Elvira Hernandez and Brazilian poet Fabricio Carpinejar (translations by Johnny Lorenz). Cover image designed by Abe Lincoln, Jr.
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DVD is a fusion between contemporary writing and film. Featured on the DVD magazine are works by Antonello Faretta, Guilherme Marcondes, Taatske Pieterson, Julian Gray, Kylie Hibbert, Avi Dabach, Abbas Saffari, Caecilia Tripp, Eugene Ostashevsky, Ima Aikio & Jason Lam. Special features on Billy Collins, John Giorno Yehuda Amichai, and the death of William Burroughs; award winning animated short films based on poems by William Blake and Sylvia Plath; and a hip-hop rendition of Gertrude Stein’s poems by Jean Grae and DJ Spooky. Showcase of the winners from the Zebra Poetry Film Festival in Berlin.
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Tyger. William Blakes’ poem turns the city of Sao Paulo into a zoo. Directed and animated by Guilherme Marcondes. Won prizes at the Sao Paulo and Rio de Janieiro Film Festivals. (cc)
The Making of Americans. A hip-hop rendition of Gertrude Stein’s poems by DJ Spooky, Jean Grae and filmmaker Caecilia Tripp.
Infinite Recursor or the Bride of DJ Spinoza. Eugene Ostashevsky’s alter-ego is brought to life in this illustrated graphic poem.
One Person/Lucy. Taatske Pieterson uses one character to symbolize the death of many people. Won the best experimental prize at the Zebra Poertry Film Festival. (cc)
Poet BILLY COLLINS & Filmmaker JULIAN GRAY. Three animated poems by former US Poet Laureate Billy Collins: Forgetfulness, Budapest and Some Days. All closed captioned. Shown on Sundance Channel.
Young David. Avi Dabach places Yehuda Amichai’s poem in center of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. (cc)
Tomorrow. Abbas Saffari’s interpretation of an Iranian poem displacing time and location. (cc)
Endangered but Not Dying Out. A short documentary on a young hip-hop and spoken-word artist working in the Sami language.
Poet JOHN GIORNO & Filmmaker ANTONELLO FARETTA. The Death of William Burroughs. John Giorno’s story of the Zen-Buddhist death of the great Beat writer. Just Say NO to Family Values. John Giorno’s poetic attack on conservative politics. (cc)
Unfed. Jason Lam’s brilliantly mixes dance, poetry, and film. Text by Gareth Sion Jenkins. Shown at Berlin International Film Festival.
Mirror Talk. Kylie Hibbert animates Sylvia Plath’s classic poem. (cc)
Bengali Poetry edited by Catherine Fletcher and Goutam Datta. Poetry and translations by Sunil Gangopadhyay, Jodev Bosu, Subodh Sarkar, Yusef Komunyakaa, Christopher Merrill, Carolyne Wright and others. The India Journals by Bob Holman. Additional music by Peter Gordon. Other work by Michael Collier, K.D. Henley, Elvira Hernandez, Joseph O. Legaspi, Claire Malroux, Ron Price, Mark Nickels, Lamont B. Steptoe, Philip Corwin, and others.
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is a fusion between contemporary writing and film. Award winning films based on poems by Victor Hugo, Pablo Neruda, and Emily Dickinson. Two short animated films from Chile and Spain — one set in a post-apocalyptic world where a little girl is trapped on an island with a madman morphing humans and animals into new creatures. Also, a visually beautiful documentary about the cassette culture of men in the tribal regions of Yemen. Films shown at Cannes, Sundance, Berlin and New York Film Festivals.
The DVD is sold at St. Mark’s Bookshop, 31 Third Ave., NYC (near Astor Place)
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LUCIA is told through the voice of little girl who remembers the summer when she fell in love. The stop-motion animated film is directed by Niles Atallah and Cristobal Leon and based on the writings of Joaquin Cocina. In Spanish with English subtitles.
UNE LECON PARTICULIERE won the Grand prix uniFrance du court-metrage at the Cannes Film Festival and directed by Raphael Chevenement. While studying the poetry of Victor Hugo, the teenager Cyril tries to convey his love for his teacher, twenty-seven-year-old Eva. In French with English subtitles.
METFORMIN looks at the biology of love through collage and animation. Based on a poem by Helen Clare and directed by Kate Jessop.
A chaotic dance film from Israel. SERPENT is based on a poem from Iris Erez and T. Carmi and filmed by Avi Dabach. In Hebrew with English substitles.
Two short films by D J Kadagian who reworks classic poems using found video footage. Screening of GOOD MORNING AMERICA by Carl Sandburg and STANDARD OIL CO. by Pablo Neruda.
Tala Hadid’s TES CHEVEUX NOIRS IHSAN (My Dark Hair, Ihsan) is about a young man who returns to Morocco to search for his mother who abandoned him when he was young. The poetic film won the Panorama Best short Film Award at the Berlin Film Festival, and screened at Sundance and New York Film Festivals. In French with English subtitles.
A remarkable mix of video, audio and performance by Steven Ross Smith of a rendition of B.P. Nichol’s sound poem, WHITE SOUND. Film by Justin Stephenson
Spanish filmmaker Rocio Huertas’ animated short, THE UPROOTED, is set in a post-apocalyptic world where a little girl is trapped on an island with a madman morphing humans and animals into new creatures. Won prizes at San Roque Film Festival Cadiz and Gerona Film Festival
MEN OF WORDS by Johanne Ihle is an insightful and visually beautiful documentary about the cassette-poetry culture of men in the tribal regions of Yemen. Multiple languages with English subtitles.
Cathy Cook’s rendition of Emily Dickinson’s poem #536, which expresses the reality and release of a loved one’s terminal illness.