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Radio Love of a Nocturnal Crowd: A Reading Courting Joyce Mansour (New Orleans, LA)

April 21, 2019 @ 7:15 am8:15 am EDT

Black-and-white photo of surrealist author Joyce Mansour, next to a sculpture of a headless woman, in Mansour’s apartment in Paris.
Joyce Mansour at her home in Paris 1977 / Joyce Mansour chez elle à Paris en 1977. Photo by Marion Kalter (marionkalter.com)

Shanna Compton, Elisabeth Workman, Paula Cisewski, Kenning JP Garcia, MC Hyland, Maureen Thorson, K. Lorraine Graham & Daniel Borzutzky

CAFE ISTANBUL, inside the New Orleans Healing Center

Join poets from Bloof Books and friends at the New Orleans Poetry Festival as we tune our antennae to the dark-erotic frequencies of the Jewish French-Egyptian poet, Joyce Mansour, Queen of the Extra-Surrealist Night, and read from, around, and into her thrumming/thrashing body of work. “Collect the bubbles / Hustle sour winds up the sidewalk / Suck the fresh flesh of the ruby,” Mansour wrote in Phallus & Mommies(1969), “Leave it screaming / No matter.” Her iconoclastic work— including Cris (Screams, 1953), Déchirures (Torn Apart, 1955), Trour Noirs (Black Holes, 1986), and Le Bleu des fonds (The Blue of the Deep, 1968)—is full of matter and bodies and the alterity of recklessness and propulsion. Poets will read from Mansour’s work and something from theirs that speaks to her influence. “Why should [you] wait in front of a closed door?” You shouldn’t. Join us.

Radio Love of a Nocturnal Crowd: A Reading Courting Joyce Mansour (New Orleans, LA)


April 21, 2019
7:15 am – 8:15 am EDT


New Orleans Poetry Festival


New Orleans Healing Center
2372 St Claude
New Orleans, LA United States
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