Sunday 7th June @ The Hardy Tree Gallery
Films from the first of the four events in the Kakania project, in which contemporary writers and artists respond to the work of key cultural figures in Habsburg Vienna, are now online, Above is Marcus Slease on painter Max Kurzweil with a full list below.
“There is only seeing and, in order to go to see, one must be a pirate” said Kathy Acker. This is pirate literature. On a train. Partly inspired by Ted Berrigan’s Train Ride from 1971, Rides has a reality hunger. A mash up of memories and observations on train rides all over the U.K. Out now on Blart Books.
First broadside out now, for £1.
One of the boundless figures of late 20th century Czech literature, Bohumil Hrabal was a novelist, a drinker, a bon vivant, an avant gardist, a railway dispatcher during the Nazi occupation, a traveling salesman, a steelworker, a recycling mill worker, a stagehand… His novels, which include Too Loud a Solitude, Closely Observed Trains, and I Served the King of England, were censored under the Communist regime, yet have since been translated into nearly thirty languages. A survivor of both the Nazi and Soviet occupations of Czechoslovakia, much of Hrabal’s work juxtaposes the darkness of history to the comic, human-scale happenings of the every-day. His oeuvre is as inimitable as his novels are unforgettable.
Through a half-dozen brand new commissions from some of the most exciting UK based poets, artists, conceptualists, theatre makers and dramaturges, Hrabal will be evoked and enveloped, transposed into some of the most exciting literary experimentalists of contemporary London.
Featuring Zoe Skoulding (sound poetry), Sarah Kelly (book sculptures), Joshua Alexander (film art), Stephen Emmerson (conceptual performance), Marcus Slease (poetry), Tom Jenks (literary experiments), Eva Danickova (stage reading) and Lucinka Eisler (theatre), this is a chance to discover, or rediscover, a great European writer through new and exciting works that pay their debt to the remarkable achievements of Hrabal in the essence of their happening.
Read more at the Czech Centre London site.
Poetry Reading and Discussion with Grzegorz Wróblewski and his translators, Piotr Gwiazda and Adam Zdrodowski. Introduction and chairing: Steven J. Fowler and Marcus Slease. 4th floor Masaryk Senior Common Room, UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies, 16 Taviton Street, London WC1H 0BW. 5-7 pm. More here.
“The House of Zabka” by Marcus Slease
A Polish folk tale meets Kurt Vonnegut’s surreal science fiction. A visionary, oracular original fairy tale that follows a butcher’s daughter to the deepest, darkest, strangest depths of the forest. A playful walk with a sausage-dog companion past sex shops and donuts, including a plastic dragon that will breathe fire if you text message it.
Each chapbook is roughly 4.25″ x 5.5″, handmade in a limited edition of 60. Stapled with handmade endpapers. Endpapers for “The House of Zabka” are marbled metallic multicolored Nepalese Lokta papers. Available from Deathless Press.
An evening of film, poetry and sad disco.
POETRY from Ian Davidson, Lisa Jeschke, Marcus Slease, Verity Spott
SAD DISCO with DJ Jonathan Kemp
18 April, 8 to L8
Vogue Fabrics, 66 Stoke Newington Rd, London N16
Marcus Slease’s recent reading at The Other Room
Imminent Other Room reader Marcus Slease performs some of Polish writer Grzegorz Wroblewski’s poems in English at the Jacket2 site. Marcus will perform at The Other Room on Wednesday 6th February with Linda Black and Nikolai Duffy.
Marcus Slease reads with Linda Black and Nikolai Duffy on 6th February for The Other Room at The Castle Hotel in Manchester. Entry is Free. It starts at 7pm. Click on the links.
Films from the November 21st event in London, including this above by February 2013 Other Room reader Marcus Slease.
Tim Atkins – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uLSh7fTcerE
Ryan Ormonde & Becky Cremin – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZimrOYTNAIc
Sascha Akhtar – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=saZcmbxcfxw
Jennifer Cooke – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ajg5PRPE_I
Gareth Evans – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Su8e7wX74Mk
myself – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mcftO_V5dJY
Lucy Furlong – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nQxsHL2iQa0
Charlotte Geater – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JCNlYkAQN1M
Sarah Hesketh – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nh6REtgv11g
Michael Horovitz – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0nYIOV5tMEc
Jeff Hilson – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SqoVOigij9Q
Kirsten Irving – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eS5XNrt9U-w
Marek Kazmierski & co – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FyrHNDeQU8Y
Candy Parfitt – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nhVLU3uAhnk
Alex MacDonald – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nhVLU3uAhnk
Ziba Karbassi – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=heAH0kHsUQo
Deborah Pearson – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SonqzqYGO2E
Claire Potter – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dcNacthFmuE
Frances Presley – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fDFb5V2ktWc
Shelagh Rowan-Legg – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WFnVCuYBMOw
Fathieh Saudi – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q7QdOlSYFzM
Marcus Slease – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5X-VAH0vr90
Jon Stone – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PGU9hq5hLbo
Jack Underwood – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xv0hy58zKOM
M. Ly-Eliot – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0dCIL0IQkKY
Stephen Watts – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Vndikc2cq8
Michael Zand – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u97ejjz0-WU
Tim Dooley – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nsqlqGlm6LE
Francesca Lisette – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ylnNxVp_bqM
Forthcoming from Poor Claudia and available for pre-order.
No name but love, indeed, for Marcus Slease, in this exciting collection of small, surprising, lyrical poems which continue (very nicely, thank you) the ideas and methods of such poets as Clark Coolidge in At Egypt, Phil Whalen in Scenes of Life at the Capital, and Roy Kiyooka in Kyoto Airs. The writer’s eye & his heart remain open throughout this book, the language is clean, clear & refined, and one comes out exhilarated both by what Slease sees & by the way that he says it. In a world of spam (to paraphrase the author) he gives us (good) ham. With a big side of kimchee. Reader, read on! Because Mu! So! –in Japanese = Emptiness! Yes!
– Tim Atkins (author of Petrarch)
Marcus Slease’s Mu (So) Dream (Window) lets in haunting landscapes where bodies and locations are in constant motion, dissolving and precipitating, presence and absence following each other’s shadow: The foreign desert is encountered by its sand blowing through a muted city, delivery food and Rumi are found left on the doorstep, the taste and warmth of “you” are dissolving on the tongue. Here, writing becomes an act of tracing, in which all presences are intensified in their muted, bodily foreignness.
– Jiyoon Lee (author of IMMA)
This poetry has seen a lot, has seen the world, but it catapults onward unjaded, grimy/sparkly, “huffing life.” If poetry is throught [thought/through/through it/rough/route/wrought] then Marcus Slease is on its tube train and he’s pulling out the stops, he’ll “unlatch/the room” you read in.
-Cathy Wagner (author of Nervous Device)
“I liked the paper lanterns. They were made of rice paper and you could see through them in the light. I found them at Gyeongbok Palace.”
Marcus Slease will perform for The Other Room in February 2013. In the meantime, you can read some of his new flash fiction at the Thought Catalog site.
After our next event with Nat Raha, Alec Newman and Seekers of Lice on 5th December at The Castle, Manchester, we have the following two dates already organised at The Castle for your diaries: