Reading: Calton / Doherty / DeWitt / Cassels — 10.02.2017

PPS READING # 2: *STUART CALTON ~~ CAITLÍN DOHERTY ~~ JOHN DE WITT ~~ IMOGEN CASSELS (Cambridge, 10th Feb 2017)

The second reading in the Poetry Performance Series (PPS) features two visiting poets – Stuart Calton, from Manchester, and John De Witt, from Paris – alongside Cambridge’s Imogen Cassels and Caitlín Doherty. There will also be a book table. Please feel free to circulate info to those who might be interested.

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STUART CALTON

Stuart Calton is the author of the following books: Blepharospasms (2016), Live at Late Dilated Ileum (2015), The Torn Instructions for No Trebuchet (2013), Three Reveries (2010), The Corn Mother (2006), The Bench Graft (2004), United Snap Up (2004), and Sheep Walk Cut (2003). As a musician, he is the incomparable dictophonist TFH Drenching. His book Wimpy and André has just been released from MATERIALS press and will be on-sale on the night. A poem in ten sections, setting forth the interrelations between protagonists Wimpy, Climpy, Sandy and André, in a potentially infinite selection of mixed scenarios. Amongst other sounds, the poem includes the sounds of a car alarm, the thin barking of a radically rationalised trick poultice, a shout, a voice, silence, static, galloping and The Lark Ascending played triple-speed nine octaves up like rain on a steel bin-lid over a rave synth line.
“Just too big. Firstly way too big. And then just right.”

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CAITLÍN DOHERTY

Caitlín Doherty is the author of O (Foule Press, 2012) and Satellites (Tipped Press, 2012).

About the latter, China Miéville has written in the Guardian:

“Doherty, an outstanding young poet, uses our orbital trash, the bric-a-brac of communication tech and a deflating space race as a hook for her interrogations. Even a familiar notion is reinvigorated: the pathos of the first dog in space is not a subject previously untouched, but in her eulogy to Laika, Doherty marries cool rigour and generosity without sentimentality, and if you can get to the end without tearing up you’re stronger than I.”

Doherty is also the poetry editor of the journal Salvage, and her new book, Our Party, is forthcoming from Critical Documents.

“could you plan on my improvement
could it be wagered thus
a silk drape and a massage of the air
a yankee candle and the Tory grandee
unlabouring harmony
ah”

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JOHN DE WITT

John DeWitt was born in Mexico City, later moved to Nashville, and now lives in Paris. He is the author of Ends (Tipped Press, 2011), and Visceral Apocrypha (Shit Valley, 2013) and co-wrote, with Rosa Van Hensbergen, as Bill Ding, Buildings (Tipped Press, 2012).

“Nevermind spirits, it was motherfucker(!)

Motherfucker how could you have me at the end of my legs

He shook his fist at the chairs, at the light, maybe even at the flowers in the garden

as motherfucker has such a small mouth for the world

and such a ponytail floating in the wind

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IMOGEN CASSELS

Imogen Cassels is from Sheffield and reads English at Cambridge. She was a Young Poet on the Underground in 2015, and in 2016 was a winner of the Poetry Business New Poets Prize. Her poems have appeared in Blackbox Manifold, The Literateur, Ambit, and the LondonMagazine.

“Somewhere they are watching rockets bombing

with fireless grace. Somewhere we end up

fucking in our sleep, and are disturbed by waking.”

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Friday 10th February [2017], 7.30pm.

Judith E. Wilson Drama Studio, English Faculty Building, Cambridge.

Email David Grundy (dmg37@cam.ac.uk <mailto:dmg37@cam.ac.uk>), Rosa Van Hensbergen (rv252@cam.ac.uk <mailto:rv252@cam.ac.uk>) or Janani Ambikapathy (ja555@cam.ac.uk <mailto:ja555@cam.ac.uk>) for further details.

Pedicure by Tom Betteridge from Sine Wave Peak

P E D I C U R E

a new book of poems by Tom Betteridge
published by Sine Wave Peak
January 2017

Pedicure remains a pleasure, read at any speed or hovered over. Filtered through a fairy feller’s garden of delights, music layers merge as language zooms through thought to focus bracketed by timed description. Pages twitch body pollen mist to drift across purls in wine. All this under a Gulley Jimson foot: on record, grateful.”
– Tom Raworth
hand-sewn paperback with French folds and a foil-embossed cover, edition of 250

The O and the Owl by Leanne Bridgewater

The new ebook from Argotist Ebooks is “The O and The Owl” by Leanne Bridgewater

Description:

An eco-sound-poem in 50 parts

“The O and The Owl” is about a play on letter ‘o’ and the ‘owl’ as a word, phonically, but also metaphorically: environment; animal instinct; nature. We have become so dependent on having to know what everything means, we ask it too much. The O and The Owl – what does it mean? It has no formal meaning but it asks you ‘what do you think / what do you see / do you see the play on word / do you see the oblong rhythm / do you see the hidden politics / do you feel tongue-twisted / do you see the micro-meanings instead of ‘what is the true meaning of this?’ – Language’s seatbelt has become unfastened, landing face-down in earth where the tongue licks and sniffs at it in a playful manner – and then the owl comes!

Available as a free ebook here:

http://www.argotistonline.co.uk/THE%20O%20AND%20THE%20OWL.pdf

Full Argotist Ebooks catalogue here:

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

Rachel Blau DuPlessis in Sheffield

The Centre for Poetry & Poetics presents a poetry reading with: Rachel Blau DuPlessis

Theatre Workshop, 4a Sherwood Road, S10 2TD University of Sheffield

Friday 20th January 2017, 17.45pm 

Rachel Blau DuPlessis (born Brooklyn, New York) is an American poet and essayist, feminist critic and scholar with a special interest in modernist and contemporary  poetry. She is the author of the multi-volume long poem Drafts, (1986-2012), from Salt Publishing and Wesleyan called “one of the major poetic achievements of our time” by Ron Silliman. Post-Drafts    books    include    Interstices   (Subpress, 2014),Graphic Novella (Xexoxial Editions, 2015), the collage-poem Numbers (in press) and a companion long poem, Traces. She has written a trilogy of critical essays on gender and poetics: The Pink Guitar, Blue Studios and Purple Passages, several other critical books, as well as editing The Selected Letters of George Oppen (1990). http://rachelblauduplessis.com/

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