Billy Mills reviews Rosemarie Waldrop’s selected poems

The arc of her technical development is, broadly, from verse poetry to prose poetry, and this is evident here; of the first 70 pages or so, about three quarters is in verse, and for the remainder of the book a similar majority consists of prose texts which have, in appearance on the page, something of the quality of a series of propositions a la Aristotle or Wittgenstein, but here the exploration of language, the world and the relationships between them is worked out in terms that are poetic rather than philosophical.

More HERE

Preview of Vicky Sparrow for the Other Room 10th birthday

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
that’s you
compassionate reflection of your losses
losses for all in this blue
seeping cold in your core
a staircase for the fish
your ribs
your sea coloured flag
the dead

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Veer launch at the CPRC Birkbeck (Buck, Spott, Hazell, Jenkins)

Veer Books will be holding a launch reading on Monday, March 26th 2018, 7:30-9:00pm, at Birkbeck College, in association with the CPRC Birkbeck (note the new date).

We’ll be launching some new Veer publications, with readings by the authors:

* Paul Buck – RECOLLECTION AND MISUNDERSTANDING
* Verity Spott – We Will Bury You
* Calum Hazell – TENDS
* Haley Jenkins – Nekorb (TBC)

Venue: Keynes Library, School of Arts, 43 Gordon Square, Birkbeck College, London
Time: 7:30-9:00pm

Free and All Welcome. Wine and drinks provided.

 

New Hix Eros review

Hix Eros: Poetry Review is published jointly by Sad Press and Hi Zero.

The latest issue is #8, published in March 2018, covering work by Sean Bonney, Lisa Robertson, Linda Kemp, Lila Matsumoto, Jennifer Pike Cobbing, Mike Saunders, Holly Pester et al., Sarah Hayden, Nicky Melville, Sophie Mayer, Calum Gardner, Juha Virtanen, Jèssica Pujol, Millie Guille, Sophie Seita, Caitlín Doherty, Corina Copp, Eleanor Perry, Daisy Lafarge, Vala Thorrods, JH Prynne, Colin Herd, and Peter Manson.

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Crater – Ian Davidson reading

On the 20th of March at 19.30, upstairs at the Dog House pub in Kennington, SE11 6BY, Ian Davidson will read from his recent Crater pamphlet Gateshead and Back alongside readings by Caitlín Doherty, James Goodwin and Ed Luker. Come along!

It will be something of a belated launch for this:

Crater 39: September 2017. Ian Davidson’s Gateshead and Back, Volume II of the Tyne and Wear Poems. Three colour, risograph, 18pp., original photography by Lara Pearson, design by Vadim Gershman, £8 + p&p. (Run of 100)

The Tyne and Wear Poems are here and there and often both at the same time. They look different from over here and from over there. Volume 1 of the Tyne and Wear Poems was about getting to know the urban landscape of Newcastle and Volume 3 was about repeated journeys that wore down the moving figure and the thing moved through on repeated journeys over old familiar ground. Volume 2, Gateshead and Back, is about the many connections that the people of Gateshead might have around the world. It came together in a Tyneside flat in the Avenues, with a sink hole appearing just across the road. The poems and images say things about actual and imagined movement through the connections many people might have. Gateshead and Back enjoys mainly unstable ground.

Reading will entail a £5/£3 donation to venue costs.

Chris McCabe – The Nevermore: In Search of the Lost Poets of Abney Park

The Nevermore:
In Search of the Lost Poets
of Abney Park
Wednesday 21st March 7.30pm

To celebrate World Poetry Day, Poet and writer Chris McCabe turns the focus of his ongoing project about the Magnificent Seven cemeteries to the natural non-conformist landscape for poets: Abney Park Cemetery. Author of In the Catacombs: A Summer Among the Dead Poets of West Norwood Cemetery and Cenotaph South: Mapping the Lost Poets of Nunhead CemeteryMcCabe will present accounts of the dead and read a mix of poems from the poets he’s discovered along his journey so far, including those buried in Abney Park. You’ll hear about the poet-couple George Linnaeus Banks and Isabella Varley Banks and Emily Bowes, whose final words were “I shall walk with him in white”. The event will end with a Q and A and a chance to buy McCabe’s cemetery books.

To be held inside Abney Park’s chapel.

Please arrive at the main gates on Stoke newington High St between 7 & 7.20pm

18yrs and over.

Tickets: Full £12 / Conc £10
Book here

info@abneypark.org
020 7275 7557
www.abneypark.org

Surrey Poetry Festival 2018

Early notice of this event which is organised by The Other Room’s James Davies,  current Poet in Residence at the university. The day will feature a number of amazing poets. Get the date in your head now! Guildford is just 30 minutes from London Waterloo. More on where  and how to buy tickets soon but should be around £5.

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Summer Poetry School course with James Davies

Archiving Your Self Yourself: Quantified Self Studio

At a time in which we are archived by others, often through digital means, it seems more and more important to attempt to define ourselves – on our own terms – as individuals and as members of a diverse range of groups. Written attentively, poetry that archives the self is subversive and can present radically different narratives to those purported by digital and mass media. By using methods such as diaries and collation of information one can conduct a close examination of the self as it stands, now and then, to see how it fits into the bigger picture.

Read more about this short online course HERE

Contraband Live – David Miller’s Spiritual Letters

CONTRABAND LIVE – February 27th 2018

Contraband Live Launch of David Miller’s ‘Spiritual Letters’!!

With readings from Spiritual Letters by David Miller, April Fredrick, Steve Torrance and Matt Martin.

There will be more poetry and performance from Fran Lock, Michael Zand and Karen Sandhu.

A very exciting event!

Entry to the event is free and food is available from the venue.

Contraband Books and publications by other publishers will be on sale at our book stall. We look forward to seeing you there!

Monday 730-11pm | The Crown Tavern, 43 Clerkenwell Green, EC1R 0EG

 

Eric Mottram Conference

The Council Room, 2nd Floor, King’s College London, Strand Building on Monday 23 April. This Conference is to celebrate the man and his archive. Draft programme below. Contact valerie.soar@btinternet.com for further details:

Eric Mottram Remembered: “poet, professor and cultural firebrand”.  Monday 23 April, 2018.

A conference sponsored by the Archives Department at King’s College London, WC2R 2LS,  with an exhibition of manuscripts, books and digital material.  Held in the Council Room, 2nd floor of the Strand Building

10.00 am: Coffee, tea and biscuits in the Council Room, 2nd Floor, King’s College, Strand.

10.30: Welcome by Geoffrey Browell, followed by an introduction to the Mottram papers and her recent work on them by Valerie Soar:  Eric, the man and his archive.

11.00:  Allen Fisher on Eric Mottram and Painting

11.45:  Dale Carter on Eric Mottram and Politics

12.30 pm:  Sandwich lunch provided by Archives in the Council Room, and a chance to see some  material from Eric Mottram’s Archive.

1.30:  Juha Virtanen  –  The legacy of the British Poetry Revival and the Materiality of Archives

2.10:  Panel discussion: the legacy of Eric Mottram,   Ken Edwards, Peter Middleton,  Gavin Selerie,  Robert Hampson,  Peter Barry,  and Mike Hrebeniak (tbc).  Chaired by Clive Bush.

2.45:  Questions from the audience.

3.05:  Coffee, tea and biscuits.

3.20:  Audio and visual recordings by Will Rowe (title tbc) and John Whiting

4.15:  Pierre Joris  –   A Transatlantic Turbine:  Eric Mottram in the World Today (tbc)

5.pm:  Close, and a further chance to see some material from Eric Mottram’s  archive

The audience is invited to go to the exhibition of Mottram books and manuscripts led by Geoffrey Browell who will be happy to answer questions.

 

Lila Matsumoto

URN AND DRUM IMAGE

A first collection by Lila Matsumoto, published by Shearsman, is touring near you very soon. All events are free –

❉ LONDON
Tuesday 13th February, 7.30pm
Reading with Ian Seed
Swedenborg Hall, 20/21 Bloomsbury Way, London WC1A 2TH
Map here
❉  EDINBURGH
Monday 19th February, 7pm
Reading with Colin Herd
Anatomy Lecture Theatre, Summerhall, Summerhall Place, Edinburgh EH9 1PL
Map here
❉ NOTTINGHAM
Thursday 1st March, 7pm
Reading with Vicky Sparrow
Five Leaves Bookshop, 14a Long Row, Nottingham NG1 2DH
Map here