Michael Heller, Jeff Hilson, Redell Olsen reading in London

FRIDAY, 10 March

Poetry Reading

Michael Heller, Jeff Hilson, Redell Olsen

Michael Heller has, for many decades, been an important American poet and critic. In 1985 he established himself as an expert on the Objectivist poets with his book, Convictions Net of Branches, and he has subsequently published separate works on George Oppen and Carl Rakosi. His critical work has also addressed contemporary avant-garde poetry, Jewish and post-Holocaust poetry and poetics. He published Uncertain Poetries (2005), a collection of essays on twentieth-century poetry. His own poetry has been widely published and collected in Exigent Futures: New and Selected Poems (Salt, 2003) and This Constellation is a Name: Collected Poems 1965-2010 (Nightboat Books, 2012).

Jeff Hilson has been a prominent figure in London poetry since the 1980s. His publications include stretchers (Reality Street, 2006), Bird Bird (Landfill, 2009) and In the Assarts (Veer, 2010). He edited The Reality Street Book of Sonnets (Reality Street, 2008) and runs the reading series Xing the Line. He teaches at the University of Roehampton.

Redell Olsen is a poet and visual artist whose work includes performance, writing and installed texts. Her recent publications include Secure Portable Space (Reality Street, 2004), Punk Faun (Subpress Books, 2012) and Film Poems (Les Figues, 2014). She was, for many years, the editor of the influential online journal HOW2 (How2journal.com), which promotes modernist and contemporary innovative poetry by women. She was Judith E. Wilson Fellow at Cambridge for 2013-14, and she is Professor of Poetry and Poetics at Royal Holloway.

7.00-8.45     11 Bedford Square, London WC1          

 

Zarf presents – uziell, Ramayya, Sparrow

zarfreadings by L.Uziell, Nisha Ramayya and Vicky Sparrow

7pm, 11th March 2016

Wharf Chambers (Middle Floor), Wharf Street, Leeds

FREE but donations for poet costs are welcome and there will be a book & zine table!

About the poets:

Nisha Ramayya’s pamphlets Notes on Sanskrit (2015) and Correspondences (2016) are published by Oystercatcher Press. Her work can be found in DatableedLitmus, and Zarf. She teaches English and Creative Writing at Royal Holloway, University of London and the University of Kent, and is a member of the Race & Poetry& Poetics in the UK research group.

Vicky Sparrow is completing a PhD on the poet-activist Anna Mendelssohn at Birkbeck, University of London. Her writing can be found in datableedKakaniaLitmus, Intercapillary Space and the Literateur. Her first pamphlet Notes to Selves is published by Zarf.

l.uziell is a person from the north who occasionally writes poetry but mainly despairs and reads poetry. Fuck the police.

NOTE: Wharf Chambers is a members’ co-operative, You do not need to be a member or guest of a member to attend this event UNLESS you wish to buy things the bar. Joining is £1, takes 48hrs to process and is very much encouraged. http://www.wharfchambers.org/membership/

Veer Launch (Ashford, Cobbing, Harvey, Terry)

Dear All – notice of the upcoming Veer Launch at Iklectik.

Veer Launch (Ashford, Cobbing, Harvey, Terry)
 
Tuesday, 7th February@ Iklictik Art Lab, Old Paradise Yard, 20 Carlisle Lane, Waterloo, London SE1 7LG, UK, 7pm.
With readings from David Ashford, launching SEDITION-MACHINES, and Philip Terry launching Bad Times.
We will also be launching the new Complete Poems by James Harvey, edited by David Miller, Keith Jebb and Antony John, who will read on the night, along with Matt Martin, and alongside recordings of James Harvey.
We will also be launching the new edition of Jennifer Pike Cobbing’s Computer Dances. As you’ll know Jennifer sadly passed away on December 11th last year, while the book was in preparation. We are very happy to be able to launch it nonetheless and to celebrate Jenny’s extraordinary work on the night. Reading and speaking on the night will be Adrian Clarke, Ulli Freer, William Rowe, Elizabeth James, cris cheek, montenegrofisher, Steve Willey and Becky Cremin.

Noise in the Face of by David Buuck

NOISE IN THE FACE OF

new poems by David Buuck

Roof Books, NY, 2016.

http://www.spdbooks.org/Products/9781931824675/noise-in-the-face-of.aspx

I don’t know when I’ve ever read poetry more completely of and in the streets—where the form and content of the poetics of the march and occupation and riot are so thoroughly merged. Squelch that cop radio feedback, turn up the Michael Jackson—the livestream is on and in your hands, comrade. David Buuck has his razor sharp eye and ear at all times on “what / ’s beyond the shattered frame” of mere representational aes- thetics/politics: this is poetry bashed out on a burning piano as it hurtles downhill during an Oakland riot. I for one am more than a little excited to be along for the ride.   —Stephen Collis

David Buuck writes a history of the problem of being a poet inside the historical moment of a city which itself had become a poem. Oakland was once a messed-up erupting ambiguity of the negatively capable indecorously accessorizing, the messed-up positron of the all, but maybe what Oakland was also was the precipice overlooking Silicon Valley, a cliff geo-tagged as a protest taking the form of a funeral in the form of a dance you refuse to do: “Whose fuck ups? / Our fuck ups.” The meta-shards of mega-self-awareness that come after are a jewel on the radiant pavement of after that.    —Anne Boyer

David Buuck’s Noise in the Face Of is not a book exposing lies. It is about the labor of standing together in the face of the exposed and learning to be there for one another. There is Love here and there is a promise for enough of it, just stand in there and you know he is right. What an honor to be alive at the same time as this poet who is showing that there is so much more beyond the filth and conspiracy of politics.   —CAConrad

Sad Press Summer Bundle

** THE SAD PRESS SUMMER BUNDLE **

1. Karl M.V. Waugh, Obsessed by Proportions
2. Tom Jenks, An Anatomy of Melancholy
3. Anne-Laure Coxam, Toolbox Therapy
4. R.K., Killing the Cop in Your Head
5. Sally-Shakti Willow & Joe Evans, The Unfinished Dream
6. Eley Williams, Frit

Your friends are all telling you this is normal and fine and even a gesture of friendship but you’re not so sure. Anyway you may have them ALL for £30 (c.$1.07) including P&P at http://sadpress.wordpress.com, & they will be posted to you as they’re published between now and December.

PS: Review copies of individual titles available on request. Or we’ll do you the bundle for 0.07 BTC or 3 Echos (http://economyofhours.com/): get in touch & we’ll figure that out. We do also still have copies available of Jennifer Cooke’s Apocalypse Dreams (£5 incl. P&P, http://sadpress.wordpress.com), & back catalogue PDFs are available by donation (scroll down).

The Blue Bus – Keith Jebb, Phillip Rowland & Cathy Weedon

The Blue Bus is pleased to present a reading of poetry on Tuesday 16th August  at 7.30 by  Keith Jebb, Phillip Rowland and Cathy Weedon. PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF VENUE the reading will still be in Lambs Conduit street but slightly further up at:

The Perseverance (pub) 
63 Lamb’s Conduit St,
London 
WC1N 3NB.

This is the 115th  event in THE BLUE BUS series. Admissions: £5 / £3 (concessions). For future readings in the series, please scroll down to the end of this message.

Keith Jebb teaches Creative Writing at the University of Bedfordshire,  he published ‘hide white space’ and ‘tonnes’, both from Kater Murr’s Press, and  has been in numerous poetry magazines over the years, including Folded Sheets, Fire and Poetry Salzburg Review. He also co-edited New Poetry from Oxford, and is one of the organisers of The Blue Bus. 

Born in south-west London in 1970, Philip Rowland is a long-time resident of Tokyo ‘Something Other Than Other’, (Isobar Press) is Philip Rowland’s most recent collection an excerpt can be found at:   http://isobarpress.com/?page_id=1281

Philip  has published two previous collections and is the founding editor of NOON: journal of the short poem; he is also co-editor of the anthology Haiku in English: The First Hundred Years (Norton, 2013).

Cathy Weedon was born in Stoke-on-Trent and moved to Luton in the 1970s. She recently completed an MA in Creative Writing at the University of Bedfordshire. Previously she has created thematic visual poetry. Her recent book is ‘1-50’ (Blart Books 2015). She has read at the Blue Bus and in 2015 she contributed to SJ Fowler’s Mahu exhibition at the Hardy Tree Gallery. In February 2016 she read at the Institute of English Studies as part of a symposium for Race & Poetry & Poetics in the UK.

Hugh II, The Istictiv by Clive Fencott, ebook

Other Room performer Clive Fencott has a new ebook available from Argotist

“Hugh II, The Istictiv” is an epic, multi-voice poem in the form of the libretto to a text-sound opera. It is set in a Britain that could exist as another in the multiverse: there are many resemblances as well as dissemblances to the one we variously know. This is the first publication of a work that was performed in parts in the multi-verse of the early 1980s but never …

Available as a free ebook here:

http://www.argotistonline.co.uk/HUGH%20II%20THE%20ISTICTIV.pdf

Full Argotist Ebooks catalogue here:

http://www.argotistonline.co.uk/Ebooks%20index.htm

A note on Reality Street from Ken Edwards

The two presses recognised a common interest in publishing the poetry of what I once termed the “parallel tradition”: its various formations in the UK being the British Poetry Revival (Eric Mottram’s term), the Cambridge diaspora, and what has sometimes been called “linguistically innovative” poetry – all overlapping categories. There was also a common interest in post-New American Poetry, Language Writing and related North American fields, as well as adventurous poetry in other English-speaking regions and from other languages and cultures.

Read more HERE

Iain Morrison – A Preview

Iain has a frequently collaborative practice as a writer and performer, working within live literature and live art contexts. Projects have included sung staging of texts by women Beat Generation writers, a lecture presentation and performance with classical musicians for New Media Scotland’s Syndicate series, and Subject Index a durational installation of the complete poems of Emily Dickinson developed in residency at Forest Centre+ and toured to Berlin’s SOUNDOUT! New Ways of Presenting Literature Festival in May 2014. Publishing includes poem-responses to fin de siècle Vienna included in the Kakania anthology (2015), published by Austrian Cultural Forum London and edited by S.J. Fowler and work in serial publications such as HOAX, Soanyway and Scree Magazine. In his role as Enterprise Manager at The Fruitmarket Gallery, he works within a commercial framework to grow new audiences and bring them into dialogue with the Gallery’s exhibitions programme through events and other activity.

Please note that a change in circumstances means that our next event will not be at The Castle Hotel as usual, but will instead be at The Wonder Inn, 29 Shudehill, Manchester, M4 2AF. This is just a few minutes walk from The Castle. More information here.

 

The Start of Sentences

James Davies’ experiences of reading Robert Grenier’s Sentences in Bury’s Text Art Archive:

I don’t want to go into individual poems so much here as to explain the joy of reading Sentences as archived material, in the archive, and the processes of reading the poems in accordance with the way Sentences is catalogued. The copy of Sentences at Bury, “The Bury Sentences” as I now call it, is a like a “bootleg” record — just as cool as the original but with minor differences to interest the aficionado. I’ll explain why.

LINK for more.

Sarah-Clare Conlon – A Preview

Sarah-Clare Conlon’s prize-winning work is published by Salt, Comma, Stand andFlash, who called her “one of the most interesting and inspiring authors writing flashes today”. She was long listed for the Bath Flash Fiction Award. A former journalist on ELLE, with a Creative Writing MA, she edited The Manchester Anthology, writes for The Manchester Review, The Skinny, Creative Tourist andConfingo, and runs popular Manchester live literature night Verbose.

Our next event takes place on 20th July with Kimberly Campanello, Sarah-Clare Conlon, Geraldine Monk and Iain Morrison. Start time is 7pm at The Wonder Inn and as always is free entry. We hope to see you there. More on the events page.

Joanne Ashcroft and Peter Larkin at The Blue Bus

The Blue Bus is pleased to present a reading of poetry on Tuesday 19TH JULY at 7.30 by  Joanne Ashcroft and Peter Larkin at The Lamb (in the upstairs room), 94 Lamb’s Conduit Street, London WC1. This is the 114th  event in THE BLUE BUS series. Admissions: £5 / £3 (concessions). For the next reading in the series, please scroll down to the end of this message.

Joanne Ashcroft has poems published in a variety of magazines and journals including The Wolf and Litter and a set of poems due in Litmus and a sonnet sequence made in collaboration with Patricia Farrell due in Poetry Wales. Her first pamphlet was published by Knives Forks and Spoons press. Joanne won the Poetry Wales Purple Moose in 2013 and her pamphlet Maps and Love Songs for Mina Loy is published by Seren. Joanne is currently a research student at Edge Hill University where she has also taught poetry and fiction. Her research explores sound and oppression in the work of Maggie O’Sullivan, Bill Griffiths and Geraldine Monk.

Peter Larkin works in the area of innovative ecological writing with a special interest in woodlands and plantations.  His poetry also attempts to explore the idea of scarcity in its phenomenological aspects.  Collections of poetry include Terrain Seed Scarcity (2001),Leaves of Field (2006), Lessways Least Scarce Among (2012), and Give Forest Its Next Portent (2014).  He contributed to The Ground Aslant: an Anthology of Radical Landscape Poetry, ed. HarrietTarlo (2011).  City Trappings (Housing Heath or Wood), a poetic investigation into the status of countryside contained within the Birmingham conurbation, is due out in 2016.

Brexit Magazine

This magazine has been put together in response to the recent referendum in the U.K. which came out in favour of the ‘Brexit’. It has been made quickly as a front against the fascist implications of ‘Leave’. Please print, photocopy and otherwise distribute widely. [D.G. + L.J. ~ July 2016]

Contents: Tom Allen, Jacob Bard-Rosenberg, Richard Barrett, Sarah Crewe, Joey Frances & Will Berry, David Grundy, Jeremy Hardingham, Danny Hayward, Tom Jenks, Lisa Jeschke, Justin Katko, Robert Kiely, Ed Luker, Max Maher, Sophie Mayer, Mendoza, Nat Raha, William Rowe, Connie Scozzaro, Robert Sheppard, Rachel Sills, Verity Spott, Street Kid, Andrew Taylor, Gareth Twose, Lawrence Uziell, Collages, Flyer

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