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

 

David Miller’s review of Michael N. McGregor’s biography of Robert Lax

David Miller on Michael N McGregor’s new bio of Robert Lax is now up at Stride:

http://stridemagazine.co.uk/Stride%20mag%202016/March2016/Miller.Lax.htm

Rather like his great friend Ad Reinhardt’s late, ‘all-black’ paintings, the poems almost aren’t there, yet very much there, or if you like, very much here. That’s their paradox. And the best of them are extraordinary.

The Blue Bus

The Blue Bus is pleased to present a reading of poetry by Jane Augustine, Michael Heller and David Miller on Tuesday the 17th November from 7.30 at The Lamb (in the upstairs room), 94 Lamb’s Conduit Street, London WC1. This is the 106th event in THE BLUE BUS series. Admissions: £5 / £3 (concessions). For future events in the series, please scroll down to the end of this message.

Michael Heller has published over twenty volumes of poetry, essays, memoir and fiction. His most recent book is This Constellation Is A Name: Collected Poems 1965-2010 (2012). A new collection, Diánoia, is forthcoming in 2016. A book of essays on his work, The Poetry and Poetics of Michael Heller: A Nomad Memory, has just appeared. His many awards and honors include the Di Castagnola Prize, NEH Poet/Scholar Award and The Fund for Poetry.

Jane Augustine is a poet, critic, short story writer, visual/sound poetry performance artist, and scholar of women in modernity, with five poetry books, the latest Krazy: Visual Poems and Performance Scripts (2015). Editor of The Gift by H.D.: The Complete Text and The Mystery by H.D., she has held the H.D. Fellowship at Yale, has taught at N.Y.U. and Naropa University, Boulder, and is professor emerita Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York. She lives in Manhattan.

David Miller was born in Melbourne (Australia) in 1950, and has lived in London (UK) since 1972. His more recent publications include The Dorothy and Benno Stories (Reality Street Editions, 2005), In the Shop of Nothing: New and Selected Poems (Harbor Mountain Press, 2007), Black, Grey and White: A Book of Visual Sonnets (Veer Books, 2011) and Reassembling Still: Collected Poems (Shearsman, 2014). He has compiled British Poetry Magazines 1914-2000: A History and Bibliography of ‘Little Magazines’ (with Richard Price, The British Library / Oak Knoll Press, 2006) and edited The Lariat and Other Writings by Jaime de Angulo (Counterpoint, 2009) and The Alchemist’s Mind: a book of narrative prose by poets (Reality Street, 2012). Spiritual Letters (Series 1-5) appeared from Chax Press in 2011, and a double CD recording of David Miller reading this same work came out from LARYNX in 2012. He is also a musician and a member of the Frog Peak Music collective. His most recent publication is Spiritual Letters (Series 6), published by Shearsman in 2015.

David Miller – Collected Poems

David Miller, one of our June readers, has had his Collected Poems just published with Shearsman

David Miller, Reassembling Still: Collected Poems, Bristol: Shearsman Books, 2014. ISBN 978-1-84681-331-7. 316pp. £14.95.

David Miller was born in Melbourne (Australia) in 1950, and has lived in London since 1972. His more recent publications include The Waters of Marah (Shearsman Books, 2005), The Dorothy and Benno Stories (Reality Street Editions, 2005), In the Shop of Nothing: New and Selected Poems (Harbor Mountain Press, 2007) and Black, Grey and White: A Book of Visual Sonnets (Veer Books, 2011). He has compiled British Poetry Magazines 1914-2000: A History and Bibliography of ‘Little Magazines’ (with Richard Price, The British Library / Oak Knoll Press, 2006) and edited The Lariat and Other Writings by Jaime de Angulo (Counterpoint, 2009) and The Alchemist’s Mind: a book of narrative prose by poets (Reality Street, 2012). Spiritual Letters (Series 1-5) appeared from Chax Press in 2011, and a double CD recording of David Miller reading this same work came out from LARYNX in 2012. He is also a musician and a member of the Frog Peak Music collective.
Comprising work from the early 1970s onwards, Reassembling Still is by far the largest and most comprehensive collection of David Miller’s poetry, and includes all of his poetry that he wishes to keep, with the exceptions of the ongoing Spiritual Letters project and his visual poems.

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The Blue Bus – Alan Halsey, Frances Presley, Ken White, David Miller

The Blue Bus is pleased to present a reading by Frances Presley and Alan Halsey, and music by Ken White and David Miller, on Tuesday , 13th May,l from 7.30 at The Lamb (in the upstairs room), 94 Lamb’s Conduit Street, London WC1. This is the eighty-eighth event in THE BLUE BUS series. Admissions: £5 / £3 (concessions). For future events in the series, please scroll down to the end of this message.

Frances Presley lives in north London.  Her publications include Paravane: new and selected poems, 1996-2003 (Salt, 2004); Myne: new and selected poems and prose, 1976-2005, (Shearsman, 2006); Lines of Sight, (Shearsman 2009);   Stone settings with Tilla Brading (Odyssey, 2010), and An Alphabet for Alina with Peterjon Skelt (Five Seasons, 2012).  Her work is in the anthologies Infinite Difference (Shearsman, 2010), and Ground Aslant: radical landscape poetry (Shearsman, 2011).  She contributed to a collection of poetic autobiographies, Cusp (Shearsman, 2012).  She has translated the work of Norwegian poet Hanne Bramness, most recently No film in the camera (Shearsman 2013).  Her next book, halse for hazel, will be published by Shearsman in October.

Alan Halsey will be reading from Rampant Inertia, recently published by Shearsman. His poems have been variously collected in Five Years Out (1989), Wittgenstein’s Devil (2000), Marginalien (2005) and Not Everything Remotely (2006).

David Miller is a clarinettist who has performed and recorded with The Mind Shop (a trio with Armorel Weston and John Gibbens), and performed with SpiritWORK (a duo with Rod Boucher) and as a duo with Ken White. He is a member of the Frog Peak Music collective. David is also a poet, whose most recent book is Reassembling Still: Collected Poems (Shearsman Books, 2014). He will be performing on this occasion with the Australian guitarist Ken White.

In addition to his guitar playing, Ken White is a painter who has exhibited in Australia and Scotland and whose work can be seen on the Art Limited website. He performs regularly in his native Melbourne, and has recorded with Australian vocalists Suzie Dickinson and Patsy O’Neill, as well as recording his own CD, Jazz Guitar. He has also provided the music for two films, Runway and The Roaring Tide. Ken was a member of the legendary Australian jazz rock band Nova Express in the late 1960s.

 

 

The Blue Bus

The Blue Bus is pleased to present an event featuring poetry by Chris McCabe, Andrew Taylor and David Miller, with music from David Miller and Rod Boucher, on Tuesday 20th August, from 7.30 at The Lamb (in the upstairs room), 94 Lamb’s Conduit Street, London WC1. This is the eightieth event in THE BLUE BUS series. Admissions: £5 / £3 (concessions).

Poetry at Man&Eve art gallery

DSH4

 

On the (im)possibility of a pure praise poem
Dom Sylvester Houédard (dsh), Aliki Braine, Mark Dean, Anna Sikorska
21st June — 27th July 2013

Finissage: Friday 26th July 6 — 9pm
Performances: 6.45 — 8pm

In conjunction with SLAM Last Fridays, the closing event incorporates poetry readings and performances given in response to the work of dsh. Performers are Elizabeth-Jane Burnett, Wayne Clements, Harry Gilonis, David Miller and poetic duo ‘mmmmm’.
RSVP: info@manandeve.co.uk

Image: ‘Grove Sings River a Song’, dsh, 1971

Visual Poetics

This exhibition, curated by David Miller and Chris McCabe, focuses on the ways in which poetry has moved into a visual dimension in work by recent practitioners.

In particular, the emphasis is on the way that individual poets have incorporated their writing in or with visual images, or pushed their writing into something inherently visual, either lucidly, vividly or extravagantly. Among those whose work is exhibited are Thomas A Clark and Laurie Clark, Gavin Selerie, Liliane Lijn, James Harvey, Sarah Kelly and David Miller.

David Miller’s involvement in the curating of this exhibition is part of the Text and Image Project at Nottingham Trent University.

Saison Poetry Library at Royal Festival Hall, Tuesday – Sunday 11am – 8pm
Free

12 February 2013, 11:00am – 14 April 2013, 20:00pm.

More here.

The Blue Bus

Tuesday 13 November, from 7.30 at The Lamb (in the upstairs room), 94 Lamb’s Conduit Street, London WC1 – admission: £5 / £3 (concessions) .

Including readings by:

  • Paul Buck
  • Brian Marley
  • Stephen Watts
  • M J Weller
  • David Miller

James Harvey Memorial reading

Veer Books / Xing the Line / Writers Forum Workshop (New Series) and The Blue Bus have come together to celebrate the life and poetry of James Harvey, who died last month.  This memorial reading will take place at Birkbeck College on Thursday 19th July, from 18.00-21.00. The address is Keynes Library, Birkbeck Centre for Poetics, School of Arts, 43 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PD. (When you  come in to the foyer, ask the person on the front desk who will give directions – it’s a room on the first floor overlooking the square.) Readers/performers will include Carol Watts, Will Rowe, James Wilkes, matt martin, Jeff Hilson, Holly Pester, Michael Zand, Stephen Emmerson, Juliet Troy, John Gibbens, Keith Jebb, David Miller, Antony John, Edward Carey, Peter Philpott, S J Fowler, Elizabeth Guthrie, and The Children (Armorel Weston and John Gibbens).

Please note that this is a free event.
 
James Harvey
James Harvey (1966–2012) studied biology at UCL before becoming a full-time poet in the thriving experimental and innovative poetry community in London .
His interest in science, especially biology, extended into his poetry. James took part in a forum discussion with Rae Armantrout, Amy Catanzano, John Cayley, Tina Darragh, Marcella Durand, Allen Fisher, Peter Middleton, Evelyn Reilly and Joan Retallack on the interaction of poetry and science, hosted by Jacket 2. He was fascinated by the potential of ‘science in poetry to dismantle existing structures, and then put them back together again, build them up “mechanically” while at the same time each level of complexity is acted upon equally through “the forces of nature,” questioning the integrity of the structure.’
The importance of ecology in his work is evident in one of his best poems, ‘Mackerelling’. This was published in Veer Away (Veer 2007) and subsequently became his first book (Intercapillary Editions 2009). The poem ‘is a movement through water … an exercise in naming as pattern’. As James explained: ‘Marguerite White sent me cardboard cuttings out in the shapes of sea birds she had used for one of her installations, I had been watching David Attenborough’s The Blue Planet and the idea for the poem came shortly after. At the back of my mind was also Bob Cobbing’s poem “alphabet of californian fishes” … one of my favourite poems.’
James was a regular at Writers Forum Workshop and many of his poems have a strong visual element, showing Cobbing’s influence. Part of his poem ‘Living Rock Ode’ (in Freaklung 2010) included a diagram of a marine plankton that he sounded when reading the poem. James read in honour of Jennifer Pike-Cobbing in 2010 with his work featuring in AND13 (Writers Forum 2010) produced to mark the event. Later he was part of Writers Forum Workshop (New Series), his work appearing in its first publication (Writers Forearm 2011).
Veer published a chapbook Temporary Structures in 2009 and included his work in Veer Off (2008) and Veer About (2011) in addition to Veer Away. He was published in the Openned magazine (2006) and Openned Issues 2006-07 (2008). In 2009, Openned brought out an e-pamphlet, Parts Composers, and Kater Murr’s press published a broadsheet From Marx’s Capital. James was featured in the anthology In the Company of Poets (Hearing Eye 2003).
James’s readings in London included the Blue Bus in 2008 with Nina Zivancevic and Vahni Capildeo and in 2010 with Harriet Tarlo, David Miller and Ken White. He read at Crossing the Line in 2009 with James Wilkes, Jon Clay, Antony John and Out to Lunch.
James was also part of a group of poets who travelled to Newcastle upon Tyne to celebrate Barry MacSweeney in a reading at Morden Tower in 2010. James read from his Japheth series, written in collaboration with Edinburgh-based poet Jow Lindsay. Other work appeared in Herbarium (2011), also with an associated reading, or were published online in Greatworks and Jacket, with work also appearing in Brittle Star magazine, Poetry Salzburg Review and the Morning Star.
 
James Harvey discussing poetry and science with other poets in Jacket 2 is here http://jacket2.org/features/archive?page=1
James Harvey’s poem ‘Mackerelling’ (2007) can be downloaded free from http://www.lulu.com/shop/james-harvey/mackerelling/ebook/product-4880571.html;jsessionid=2AF6BA9D292AC56685B11016B5DC1DCF  
Video of James Harvey reading in honour of Jennifer Pike-Cobbing in 2010 http://www.openned.com/writers-forum-jennifer/?currentPage=4  
Veer About (Veer 2011) can be downloaded free via http://www.bbk.ac.uk/cprc/publications/Veer_Publications/Veer037  
James Harvey’s work in the Openned magazine (2006) is here http://www.openned.com/epubs/2009/9/28/openned-magazine.html  
James Harvey’s work in Openned Issues 2006-07 (Openned 2008) is here http://www.openned.com/epubs/2009/9/28/openned-issues-2006-2007.html  
James Harvey’s Parts Composers (Openned 2009) is here: http://www.openned.com/epubs/2009/9/28/parts-composers.html  
Video of James Harvey reading at Morden Tower in 2010 (including ‘Living Rock Ode’ and Japheth poems)

The Blue Bus: 20th March

The Blue Bus is pleased to present a poetry event featuring Ken Edwards and John Gibbens, with music by Ken White and David Miller, on Tuesday 20th March, from 7.30 at The Lamb (in the upstairs room), 94 Lamb’s Conduit Street, London WC1. This is the sixty-first event in THE BLUE BUS series. Admissions: £5 / £3 (concessions).

Ken Edwards’ books include the poetry collections Good Science (Roof Books, 1992), eight + six (Reality Street, 2003), No Public Language: Selected Poems 1975-95 (Shearsman Books, 2006), Bird Migration in the 21st Century (Spectacular Diseases, 2006), Songbook (Shearsman Books, 2009), the novel Futures (Reality Street, 1998) and the prose works Nostalgia for Unknown Cities (Reality Street, 2007) and Bardo (Knives Forks & Spoons Press, 2011). A book of short narratives, Down With Beauty, awaits publication. He has been editor/publisher of the small press Reality Street since 1993. He lives in Hastings, where he plays bass guitar and sings with The Moors, a band he co-founded with Elaine Edwards.

David Miller was born in Melbourne (Australia) in 1950, and has lived in London since 1972. His more recent publications include The Waters of Marah (Shearsman Books, 2005), The Dorothy and Benno Stories (Reality Street Editions, 2005), and In the Shop of Nothing: New and Selected Poems (Harbor Mountain Press, 2007). Spiritual Letters (Series 1-5) appeared from Chax Press in Tucson in 2011, and a double CD recording of David Miller reading this same work should be out from LARYNX (London) in time for this event. Black, Grey and White: A Book of Visual Sonnets came out from Veer Books in late 2011. He is a clarinettist who has performed solo, in duets with Ken White and others, and in The Mind Shop, and he is a member of the Frog Peak Music collective.

Ken White is a jazz guitarist from Melbourne, Australia, who has performed widely in his native country, as well as in London with David Miller, and has recorded with the vocalists Suzie Dickinson and Patsy O’Neill. He has composed and recorded music for independent films. He is also a painter, who has had many exhibitions in Australia. Kater Murr’s Press published his Drawings for Music in 2005.

John Gibbens was born in the Wirral and grew up in West Germany and West Cumbria. He’s lived in London since 1978, and currently earns his bread on ‘Fleet Street’. He won the Eric Gregory Award at the age of 21. Collected Poems appeared from Touched Press in 2000. In 2005, the title poem of the Touched Press pamphlet Sand of the Thames won the Southwark Poet of the Year competition. A narrative poem, Orpheus Ascending, set in an alternative Britain of social inequity, repression and violent disorder, appeared from Smokestack Books in March 2012 (available from Amazon.co.uk). The Nightingale’s Code, his acclaimed “poetic study of Bob Dylan” was published by Touched in October 2001. Covenant, a set of one-act plays which he also acted in, was produced at the Finborough Theatre in London in 1989 (with Francesca Howell, movement directed by Rosemary Lee, stage deisgn by Emma Withers). He formed The Children with Armorel Weston in the early Nineties and their first CD, Play, was released in 1999. There have been six further albums, the latest being In Memory of Grace (2011). He also plays with and the poet and clarinettist David Miller (and Armorel Weston) in The Mind Shop.

We also hope to launch two CD recordings from LARYNX at this event: Poems by Christopher Gutkind and Spiritual Letters (Series 1-5) by David Miller. There will be a brief reading by David Miller.

Forthcoming events will include Eléna Rivera, Scott Thurston and Melissa Buckheit (17th April), Marcus Slease, Lesley McKenna and Fran Lock (15th May) and D S Marriott and Robert Sheppard (19th June).