Burnt Poetry: Ivor Davies and Destruction

Conference details and late call for papers about the current exhibition on Ivor Davies’ work.


See poster below.


Cardiff Poetry Experiment

Thursday, February 25th, 7 PM. Waterloo Tea at the Wyndham Arcade, 21-25 Wyndham Arcade, Cardiff, CF10 1FH.

LYNDON DAVIES: author of A Colomber in the House of Poesy and editor of Aquifer Books

AMY McCAULEY: poetry editor at New Welsh Review

RHYS TRIMBLE: author of Swansea Automatic, Rejectamenta, and Hexerisk

About the Poets:

Lyndon Davies has published three collections of poetry, Hyphasis (Parthian Press 2006), Shield (Parthian Press 2010) and A Colomber in the House of Poesy (Aquifer 2014). He runs the Glasfryn Seminars, a series of discussion groups on aspects of literature and art, and recently set up Aquifer Books, which publishes mainly poetry-centred writing with an experimental bias. He also edits an online magazine of art and literature called Junction Box.

Amy McCauley’s poetry, essays and reviews have appeared widely in magazines and anthologies including: The Poetry of Sex (Viking), Hallelujah for 50ft Women (Bloodaxe), Best British Poetry 2015 (Salt), Poetry Wales, Magma and The Rialto. Current projects include a collection of poems (Auto-Oedipa), which re-imagines the Oedipus myth, and a verse novel (CaNToS of JoaN).

Rhys Trimble is a Welsh poet, performer, avant garde chef and honey badger enthusiast, studying for a PhD, author of 10 or more chapbooks, recents include: SWANSEA AUTOMATIC (experimental novel) (Aquifer), REJECTAMENTA (contraband) and HEXERISK (knives forks and spoons).


Late Modernist Poetry in London in the 1970s, with contributions from: Gilbert Adair, Peter Barry, Clive Bush, Paula
Claire, Ken Edwards, P.C. Fencott, Paul A. Green, Robert Hampson, Anthony Howell, Tony Lopez, David Miller, John Muckle, Frances Presley, Elaine Randell, Will Rowe, Gavin Selerie, Robert Sheppard, Iain Sinclair, Valerie Soar, Lawrence Upton, Robert Vas Dias, Stephen Watts, John Welch. Out now on Shearsman.

Will Montgomery: February Preview

Will graduated from Emmanuel College, Cambridge, with a degree in English in 1987. After a period outside academia, he took the Literature, Culture, Modernity MA at Queen Mary, University of London, receiving the Marjorie Thompson award for outstanding academic achievement in 1999. He remained at Queen Mary for his AHRB-funded PhD, which was devoted to the writing of contemporary American poet Susan Howe. He subsequently taught poetry, modernist literature and critical theory at Queen Mary and at Southampton University. In January 2007 he joined Royal Holloway as RCUK research fellow in contemporary poetry and poetics. He is director of the department’s Poetics Research Centre and a co-organizer of that group’s POLYply reading and performance series.

Recent publications include The Poetry of Susan Howe (Palgrave, 2010) and the essay collection Frank O’Hara Now (Liverpool UP, 2010), which he co-edited with Robert Hampson. He is currently working on a study of short form in modernist and contemporary US poetry, and co-editing an edited collection on field recordings and literature. Will also works with audio, making field recordings, sound art and music.

Follow this LINK to hear some of his sound work, including pieces with Other Room reader Carol Watts.

The Anchored Terset

Not quite ‘new’ as these articles claim, remember:


but of interest, especially the generator that riffs on the NPL acronym, Get tweeting – Minimalism’s sticky end.


And some opinions at The Guardian – yes!

The Enemies Project: spring programme

The Enemies Project Spring Programme 2016 includes Icelandic, Argentinian and Georgian Enemies projects, Camarade events in Essex and St.Andrews, the return of Kakania in London and Berlin, a collaborative exhibition in Newport, a collaborative event involving five Universities and a one day festival celebrating English PEN and their writers-at-risk project. More at the Enemies site.

B S Johnson Journal – Call for papers

Via Joe Darlington

Call for papers – The B.S. Johnson Journal – Issue 3 – Truth

The B.S. Johnson Journal is pleased to announce the new theme for our forthcoming issue : “Truth”. Johnson struggled with questions of truth his entire life and we now invite research papers, journalistic essays, creative writing, reviews and reminiscences all struggling with the same issue. These might entail readings and reassessments of Johnson’s work from contemporary theoretical perspectives, pieces utilising historical or archive research, or new works that have been created based on or responding to Johnson’s work and insights.

Johnson produced a lot of fictional and programmatic efforts aimed at telling the “truth” in the hope that it would make up for the “chaotic” nature of life. Johnson’s now famous assertion that firstly, “the two terms novel and fiction are not … synonymous” and that, secondly, he chose “to write truth in the form of a novel”, have led critics to call his position doctrinaire and solipsistic, if not boring. The third issue of The B.S. Johnson Journal seeks to see how Johnson’s quest for truth in novels extends to his short stories, poetry, journalistic pieces and films.

Julia Jordan, in her introduction to B.S. Johnson and Post-War Literature – Possibilities of the Avant-Garde (2014), points out the paradoxical tension in Johnson’s prose between dogmatism and elusiveness. This reminds us that we need a systematic reading of the treatment and presentation of Truth in Johnson’s work. Indeed, if we take the truth to mean what happened to the author –  as he invites us to do in his quoting Beckett in the preface to Albert Angelo: “There is nothing else, let us be lucid for once, there is nothing else than what happens to me” – then Johnson’s prose becomes irrelevant for anyone but himself. Or does it?

Vanessa Guignery (2009) invites us to see beyond the autobiographical truth Johnson wants to lend to his work, to consider instead the phenomenological dimension of which she finds evidence in Johnson’s short story “What Did You Say The Name of the Place Was?”. We therefore invite Johnson’s readers to read beyond the author’s dogmatic judgements to question the resonance of Truth in his work :

–          – How do Johnson’s most solipsistic art productions manage to engage the reader or spectator ?

–          – What does Johnson’s engagement with Truth tell us about his view of the role art should or could play in Society ?

–          – Can his will to tell the Truth be related to the Zeitgeist of the 1960s ?

–          – Can Truth be relayed in third-person pronoun narratives ? How does it compare with first-person narratives ?

–           – Can self-consciousness be synonymous for truth ?

–           – Where does Johnson’s truth locate itself ?

Please submit your work for consideration, along with any enquiries, to the editors at bsjjournal@gmail.com by Monday 2nd May, 2016. We look forward to hearing from you!



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