Noise in the Face of by David Buuck


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

Contraband Live 2

Contraband Live is back for a night of poetry, music and dancing right before the Christmas break!

Poets performing at the event will include: Jennie Cole, Ghazal Mosadeq, Juha Virtanen (book launch!), Ollie Evans – and you!

As before there will be an Open Mic slot, so please bring along anything you might be working on now and would like to read out.

The event takes place at Charterhouse Bar between Barbican and Farringdon, next to Smithfield Market. There will be excellent food available at a reasonable price (the pizzas are particulary good!), a Contraband book-stall, and late-night dancing and music from 11.00 on!

We very much look forward to seeing you there!

Monday 12th December, 7.30

Charterhouse Bar London ec1, Chaterhouse Street

Cathy Butterworth – A Preview

The next Other Room takes place on December 7th 2016 at The Castle Hotel, Manchester and as always is free entry. It features Kerry Morrison, Wayne Clements & Cathy Butterworth. More at the EVENTS page.

Cathy Butterworth is an artist who makes work at the intersection of writing, performance and visual art. Her recent pamphlet Cimmerian was published by Dock Road Press. Performance actions, writing and visual art projects include: Sketches for Britain (Bridewell Gallery, Liverpool, 2010), 22 Mondays (durational performance with Mark Greenwood, 2015), Everyone in Your Life is a Figment of Your Imagination (Delhi, 2015), Elective Affinities (Tate Liverpool 2016) and True Blue: 26 Lost Performances (2016). Her literary object, Fortunate, will be published by zimZalla in December 2016.

Kerry Morrison – A Preview

The next Other Room takes place on December 7th 2016 at The Castle Hotel, Manchester and as always is free entry. It features Kerry Morrison, Wayne Clements & Cathy Butterworth. More at the EVENTS page.

Kerry Morrison – Kerry is an experienced environment artist and ecologist. She has worked throughout the UK, including commissions for Liverpool Biennial, Tate Liverpool, and Grizedale Forest. Kerry has also worked in forests in Japan and Korea, parks, wilderness and farms in Germany, neighbourhoods in America, and urban streets in Finland. Her work is often performative and since 2006 she has endeavoured to create art without creating demands on natural resources.

Here is an example of her work, ‘Bird Sheet Music’ as featured on the BBC and at The Tate Gallery

Off Beat: Jeff Nuttall and the International Underground at John Ryland’s Library

Off Beat:
Jeff Nuttall and the International Underground

8 September – 5 March 2017
Open daily, free entry

Painter, poet, actor and sculptor, a man once described as “the only all-round genius most of us are likely to meet,” Jeff Nuttall was one of the few people in the early 1960s to publish William S. Burroughs’ most experimental writing.

He was also a performance artist, a pioneer of ‘happenings’ and author of nearly 40 books. As a cultural critic, his seminal work, Bomb Culture, was discussed in Parliament. Nuttall was at the centre of the International Underground scene driven by social dissent and the fear of imminent nuclear attack.

Yet, despite being a giant of the counterculture, the Lancastrian-born polymath is little remembered today. That is set to change with our Autumn/Winter exhibition. Off Beat: Jeff Nuttall and the International Underground reveals a network of artists and writers whose work was shared worldwide via the low-fi, self-published magazines of the “mimeograph revolution”.

Chief among them was Nuttall’s My Own Mag. Burroughs was both a contributor and collaborator and displayed in the exhibition is a rare edition showcasing a Burroughs cut-up text. Other countercultural magazines are featured, to which Nuttall himself contributed, including the one-issue only “newspaper” The Moving Times, and five of Nuttall’s books.

It is Nuttall’s combination of word and image, art and activism – and content that remains provocative and sometimes shocking – that made him a legend in his own time. As we face our own uncertain times, Nuttall’s work feels as prescient today as it did five decades ago.

Please note: because of the adult nature of the content in this exhibition, it is not suitable for children.

Share your experience: #jrloffbeat @TheJohnRylands

Koto y yo by Tim Atkins out now from Crater Press

new Atkins product from Crater Press!

Koto y yo documents a year in the lives of a father and daughter living in Poble Sec; a working class barrio in Barcelona. Told in luminous poetic prose, the interlinked stories – echoing the Platero y yo stories of Juan Ramon Jiminez – detail the couple’s adventures and encounters as they wander around the streets. The pages are inhabited by the plumbers, hairdressers, bakers, traveling knife grinders, mechanics, tobacconists, waiters, postmen, mangy cats, and itinerant musicians who populate the neighborhood.

£10 paperback, £15 hardback, both available at 

As it’s Lulu the postage is about the same wherever you are in the world, and if you use this code FWD15 when you purchase you will get 15% off (this is working today, but I’m not sure how long for as Lulu changes the codes pretty often).

Proms Extra Lates: Chrissy Williams

LONDON SW7: Proms Extra Lates: Chrissy Williams

Date: Wednesday 7 September, 2016
Time: 10:00 PM
Price: Free, but book tickets in advance.
Venue address:
Elgar Room, Royal Albert Hall, London SW7 2AP

Publicity material for this event says:

BBC Proms Extra, in association with The Poetry Society, presents a series of late-night events at the Elgar Room in the Royal Albert Hall pairing musicians with poets. Hosted by Georgia Mann, and then broadcast on BBC Radio 3.

The poet featured at this event will be Chrissy Williams.

Tickets are free, but must be booked in advance from the Royal Albert Hall website.


Event website

Reading as Art

‘Reading as Art’ will be on public display from Saturday 27 August through to Saturday 19 November 2016. The works included in the exhibition find different means to foreground and to investigate the activity of reading: the forms it can take (silent reading, reading aloud, spontaneous reading, purposeful reading, and so on), the matter of reading (the book, the screen, the space of the page), the bodies that engage in it and the contexts in which it occurs. All of the works are concerned to make reading manifest in some way; in so doing, they each show – differently – how reading is its own form of making.

The image on the invitation is Fact by Craig Dworkin, 2016. The text records the relative molecular weights of the neurotransmitters activated when it is read.

Please save this date, Friday 7th October 2016 for the private view of the exhibition from 6-9pm with live performances from Jérémie Bennequin and Carol Sommer. Also, Kate Briggs’ Paper Size Poems will be performed…everyone is very welcome.

reading as art

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, & 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 ( 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,, & 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,

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:

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:

Full Argotist Ebooks catalogue here:

Amodern 6: Reading the Illegible guest edited by Nick Thurston

Announcing the launch of Amodern 6: Reading the Illegible
An issue guest-edited by Nick Thurston

Amodern 6: Reading the Illegible
Nick Thurston

“Anthology of the Illegible: Poésie de Mots Inconnus, 1949, Paris,
Edités par Le Degré 41”
Johanna Drucker

“Reading the Signs: Translations: Multilingualism, and the New Regimes
of Attention.”
Michael Cronin

“On Trying: André Hodeir and the Music Essay”
John Mowitt

“Dredging the Illegible: Photogram, Phoneme, Ph…ontology”
Garrett Stewart

“Style in Quotation Marks”
Diana Hamilton

“Story the Story in It”
Kate Briggs

“Glitched in Translation: Reading Text and Code as a Play of Spaces”
Matt Applegate

“Reading the Redacted”
Stephen Voyce

“Approaching the Contemporary: On (Post-)Conceptual Writing”
Luke Skrewbowski

“Thinking with Zoe: An Interview with Rosi Braidotti”
Heather Davis and Rosi Braidotti

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.