B S Johnson Journal – call for papers

Call For Papers: On the Theme of “Endings”

BSJ: The B.S. Johnson Journal – email: bsjjournal@gmail.com

Deadline for submissions: 25th July 2017

The editors of BSJ: The B.S. Johnson Journal request academic papers, essays, interviews, creative works or remembrances on the theme of endings. Johnson’s novels featured a range of innovative endings; from the “almighty aposiopesis” of Albert Angelo, to the unexploded bomb in Christie Malry, to the metafictional imposition of the House Mother in House Mother Normal. In the interests of exploring endings and the ways in which they can define, fix or unsettle the meaning of texts, we are seeking submissions that engage with our theme; be it a creative piece with an interesting ending, a theoretical engagement with Johnson’s work, or an interpretation of the wider connotations of the theme: limits, finality, death.

We welcome academic papers of between 6,000 and 8,000 words and essays of between 500 and 2,500 words (papers will be thoroughly peer-reviewed and must conform to academic standards, essays do not need to meet these requirements and are usually more journalistic or personal in style). Short stories, poetry and innovative forms are welcome at any length, short or long. Suggestions for reviews may also be made to the editors, but making contact first is recommended to avoid reviewers overlapping. Although submitted work need not be directly about B.S. Johnson, the journal aims to promote his legacy and therefore favours work that display a commitment to truth, formal innovation or working class modernism.

http://bsjohnson.org/

 

Para-text reading – Eleanor Chandler, Amy Evans, Jazmine Linklater and Matthew Welton.

We’re delighted to launch the third issue of para·text on Tuesday 28th March at Iklectik, Old Paradise Yard, 20 Carlisle Lane, London, SE1 7LG
Readings from Eleanor Chandler, Amy Evans, Jazmine Linklater and Matthew Welton.
7pm for a 7.30 start, £2 suggested donation. All welcome.
The magazine will be on sale at a reduced price on the night but if you’re unable to come you can purchase copies online at paratext.bigcartel.com.

Colin Herd, Iain Morrison, and Vicky Sparrow in Nottingham

Poetry Performance Evening: Colin Herd, Iain Morrison, and Vicky Sparrow

Location
Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Date(s)
Wednesday 29th March 2017 (19:00-20:30)
Contact
fiveleaves.bookshopevents@gmail.com

Colin Herd is a poet, fiction writer and critic based in Edinburgh. His first collection of poems too ok was published by BlazeVOX in 2011 and a second full-length collection Glovebox was published by Knives Forks and Spoons Press in 2013. Colin’s work has been anthologised in the Forward Book of Poetry 2015 and Dear World and Everyone in It (Bloodaxe, 2013).

Currently based in Edinburgh, Iain Morrison  has a frequently collaborative practice as a writer, working in poetry and live literature. Projects have included 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 2014, and a night of drag queen poetry at Scottish Poetry Library in 2016 which bagged him a Creative Edinburgh award. Publishing includes MARQUE, a pamphlet with If A Leaf Falls Press (2017), and poems in anthologies and magazines including Kakania (Austrian Cultural Forum 2015), HOAX and Gutter. A first collection comes out with Vagabond Voices later this year.

Vicky Sparrow is completing a PhD on the poet-activist Anna Mendelssohn at Birkbeck,  ersity of London. Her writing can be found in datableedKakaniaLitmus and the Literateur and she serves as reviews editor for the Journal of British and Irish Innovative Poetry. Her first pamphlet Notes to Selves is published by Zarf.

Admission for this event is £3 and refreshments will be available. Booking is recommended. To attend this event, please RSVP to fiveleaves.bookshopevents@gmail.com

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

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

** 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.

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.