Maintenant #59: Gabriele Labanauskaite

It appears self-evident that poetry is remarkably pliant, elastic and apt for innovation. As a sonic artform, poetry, in it‘s truest sense, grows as each individual practitioner allows themselves to explore their own culture, and so from certain artists there arrives unique and memorable experiments within the medium. For the Lithuanian poetry scene, it is Gabriele Labanauskaite who leads the way. Assured, intelligent and engaging, her sonic art is poetry, song & performance. Though a versatile poet, playwright & singer, she is renowned for her fusion of spoken poetry, music and sound, often as part of the collective AVaspo. Her work is explosive as well as satirical, wise as well as energetic and she embraces technological innovation while absorbing a myriad of aesthetics. She is the final poet representing the Maintenant Lithuania events held in London during April 2011 and we are delighted to welcome her as our 59th interviewee and poet.<

Accompanying the interview are ten of Gabriele’s poems, translated Translated by Ada Valaitis and Kenneth Smallwood.

{Maintenant Slovakia in association with Literature across Frontiers & Arc Publications}June Saturday 18th 2011 – 7pm – Entrance Free – The Rich Mix arts centre. LondonSlovak poets Ivan ��trpka and Mila Haugova will be joined by a half dozen London-based poets to celebrate the sixth event in the Maintenant series held at the Rich Mix arts centre in London’s Brick Lane. As ever, the Maintenant series will advocate a diverse selection of poetic methodologies, ages & nationalities – collecting together some of the most interesting poets Europe has to offer. Further details to follow…

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