Peter Jaeger’s stunning new book, Midamble, is out priced at the snip of £12.
LINK to purchase and sample pages
About the book
Midamble is a long poem that concerns Peter Jaeger’s interest in walking practice; in particular his travels on a variety of pilgrimage routes. A prose poem, it comprises two bands of text: the top level is a list of walking experiences whilst the bottom re-appropriates materials from comparative religion texts. Midamble is a poem that is clearer than crystal, and possesses a musical quality that is comparable to seminal and contemporary minimalist music.
The poem also has a life in durational performance. When read live Midamble demonstrates its consistency as well as its diversity. In such performances listeners are invited into a collective experience in which they can engage with ideas for as little as a moment or as long as several hours. Indeed, perhaps its most enduring feature is its quality of having no fixed entry or exit point.
About the author
Peter Jaeger is a Canadian poet, literary critic and text-based artist now living in the UK. His recent publications include John Cage and Buddhist Ecopoetics (Bloomsbury 2013) and 5404 (University of London Veer Press 2014). He has also published A Field Guide to Lost Things with if p then q. Jaeger is Professor of Poetics at Roehampton University in London.
Vicky Sparrow will perform alongside Camilla Nelson, Amy De’Ath & Pascal O’Loughlin on 18th April, 7pm at the Other Room. Free entry as ever. It’s our tenth birthday! Here’s part of one of Vicky’s poems and also one of the four posters for the night below that, which shows our readers over the years:
from Big C little c
Test the cold waters of Common Sense
you old pro
your fingertips touch the image
lilac blue stones beneath the skin
and the reeling fishes
who would dance in the shallows were it not for
the looming bulk above
compassionate reflection of your losses
losses for all in this blue
seeping cold in your core
a staircase for the fish
your sea coloured flag
As part of the INSIDE/OUT lecture series Derek Beaulieu delivers his talk, Making Nothing from Nothing.
14th March, Leeds Beckett University, 1.30-3
More details HERE
Poster by Joy as Tiresome Vandalism
Three poetic sequences, starting from Petrarch’s Sonnets placed in Fontaine-de-Vaucluse, August 2015, travelling through interior language spaces, into some mental version of the Dark Ages in Bishops Stortford, town of tunnels. Then there’s some prose, in case the political implications of a time of migration, cultural re-creation and elite formation are not clear enough. It’s also funny, inventive and moving.
LINK to a sample
£6 – LINK to purchase
A launch also takes place at the next Contraband Poetry Night, The Crown Tavern, 43 Clerkenwell Green, EC1R 0EG, July 4, 7 o’clock onwards – with also (or even better!) Antony John, Sogol Sur and Clive Gresswell.
Gramophone Raygun number 6
A night of experimental poetry and sonic art with performances from Mark Leahy/Benjamin D. Duvall, Patricia Farrell and James Davies.
Thursday, April 27 at 8 PM – 11 PM
Everyman Bistro, Liverpool
LINK to Facebook page
NOISE IN THE FACE OF
new poems by David Buuck
Roof Books, NY, 2016.
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
Interesting issue of Diagram webzine on Erasure is HERE
Ghazal Mosadeq, Paul Holman, Tim Atkins: poetry and dialogue
St Margaret’s House
21 Old Ford Road, E29PL London, United Kingdom
Why not pop along to the Carcanet summer book sale tomorrow before coming along to our event which starts at 7pm. More details about that on our events page.
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,
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.
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 …
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