David Kennedy: a preview

The next Other Room is on Thursday 25th August at The Castle Hotel, 66 Oldham Street, Manchester, M4 1LE. 7 PM start, free entry. The readers are Joey Frances, David Kennedy, Wanda O’Connor and James Wilkes.

David Kennedy was born in Leicester in 1959 and has degrees from the universities of Warwick and Sheffield. He is Senior Lecturer in English and Creative Writing at the University of Hull and publishes widely on elegy, ekphrasis and experimental poetries. His books include Women’s Experimental Poetry in Britain 1970-2010, co-authored with Christine Kennedy. His own poetry has appeared in three collections from Salt including The Devil’s Bookshop. His most recent collection is a book length sequence about the art of the French painter Paul Cezanne entitled The Apple and The Mountain (Shearsman 2015). More at David’s author page at Archive of the Now: http://www.archiveofthenow.org/authors/?i=50

Yesterday’s Music Today Crowdfunder

KFS is attempting to raise £600 in preorders for an anthology edited by the legendary Mike Ferguson & Rupert Loydell. The anthology will be about 150 pages long and will be in A5 or comic book format.  The recommended retail price will be at least £11, but those who order now will get the book for £10 (which includes postage and packaging). You can preorder yours here: http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/yesterdays-music-todayan-anthology
We have also put together 5 money saving bundles that may be of interest:

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£10 for a copy of the anthology, which will be approximately 150 pages and have an R.R.P. of at least £11.
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£20 for a copy of the anthology, and 3 mystery KFS pamphlets.
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£30 for a copy of the anthology, 3 mystery pamphlets, and one mystery KFS collection or anthology.
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£40 for a copy of the anthology, 3 mystery pamphlets, and two mystery KFS collections or anthologies.
Save between £11 and £46
£50 for a copy of the anthology, 3 mystery pamphlets, and 5 KFS books of your choosing.
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£100 for a copy of the anthology, 3 mystery pamphlets, and 15 KFS books of your choosing.

This anthology came out a shared enthusiasm for and addiction to music, along with a certain middle-aged nostalgia which emerged as the result of failing to be moved by so much of the music we have greedily devoured over the last few years, and thankfully being intensely moved by some. Music can excite, delight, goad, amuse or bore the listener – it also has the capacity to lodge itself in your brain and be heard in the imagination at the strangest times.This anthology is about that, about spiralling back into memories, about yesterday’s music today: music that has lodged itself in these poets’ hearts and souls, and which never fails to move them when recalled or listened to anew.

It has to be said, we didn’t get the work we expected when we sent out our call for submission. Whilst we share a taste for 70s rock and have differing individual tastes that lean more towards blues and west coast rock or free jazz and post-punk respectively, our contributors here are moved by different things. Squat bands, contemporary and romantic classical composers, singer songwriters, improvisers, glitch artistes and trad jazzers all get a mention here in this fascinating and engaging cornucopia which we hope will surprise you as much as it surprised us as the work arrived.– Mike Ferguson & Rupert Loydell.

Roselle Angwin,Susan Birchenough,Elizabeth Burns,M.C. Caseley,Mike Ferguson,David HartPaul Hawkins,Sarah James,Norman Jope,Jimmy Juniper,David Kennedy,John Lees,Rupert M. Loydell,Stephen C. Middleton,Ester Muchawsky-Schnapper,Sheila E. Murphy,Mario Petrucci,Jay Ramsay,Robert Sheppard,and Angela Topping.

via Alec Newman

Adrian Clarke: Eurochants review by David Kennedy

Adrian Clarke’s most recent book with Shearsman gets a review from David Kennedy:

“The more you know about poetry, the more poetry becomes a matter of echoes and hauntings. Eliot dedicated ‘The Waste Land’ to Pound with the words il miglior fabbro, the same designation that Dante had given to the troubadour poet Arnaut Daniel. Larkin’s ‘postal districts packed like squares of wheat’ triggers a memory of Auden’s ‘The crowds upon the pavement / Were fields of harvest wheat’. George Herbert’s ‘Is there in truth no beauty?’ becomes a kind of backbeat at the end of Keats’s ‘Ode on a Grecian Urn’. This sort of poetic relationship is at the heart of Adrian Clarke’s new book which, in the words of the blurb, tests ‘some possibilities and limits of cultural and linguistic exchange’. Eurochants gathers translations of Max Jacob; improvisations on Chinese love poems, Persius, Tacitus and Villon; and other recent work in Clarke’s characteristic short-lined, phrasal style. Daniel and Dante are in there too.”

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