New MATERIALS Books: Okulu // Calton // Chalmers // Weber

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GIZEM OKULU– TOO SLICED FOR LANDING

Published January 2017

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Gizem Okulu’s first book is a sequence of 31 poems which, in broken and extended lines, explore the terrifying possibility of lack of speech, of blocked communication: a poetry written between languages and countries which both bridges and attests to the gap, the chasm that “opens / up / isolated / and / frightened”. These are poems haunted by political catastrophe: poems about wandering, fleeing, fogs and rivers, conditions of exile and danger, marked at times by flashes of biting humour and throughout by intense commitment.

“I do not belong here nor there I say but here I want to make you a house from the memories of every woman you ever had before like the resistance of senses meeting for one last time in the mirror we slept between the rivers and smokes in earthquake lights all day and night in the cities against the sun.”

Gizem Okulu is a poet who has published poems in Datableed, Intercapillary Space, &c. and is studying for a Ph.D at Royal Holloway. She lives in London.

38 pp, card covers (red), side stapled.

Errata. [11] For ‘Anotolia’ read ‘Anatolia’.

[29] For ‘women’ read ‘woman’.

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STUART CALTON – WIMPY AND ANDRÉ

Published January 2017

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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. You need to read it.

“Just too big. Firstly way too big. And then just right.”

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.

34 pp, card covers (pink), side-stapled.

Listen! to Stuart reading a footnote to the book (“In the air above the abyss…” — The First Manifesto of Inter-Subjective Bureaucratic Pointillism, an unintegrated footnote to Wimpy & André (Calton, S. (2016). Wimpy & André. Cambridge: Materials Press). Your foot.)HERE.

Read! a review of Live at Late Dilated IleumHERE.

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CHRISTINA CHALMERS – WILLINGNESS

Published January 2017

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A collection of work written between 2013 and 2015, this is Christina Chalmers’ second book, and her first since Work Songs (2013). Divided into three sections, and containing poems such as ‘The International’, ‘The Arms Left Over’ and ‘Dragonfly Abattoir’.

“My German is

bad. My bed is a beautiful green lido. I drink

to municipal menthol. I grow more

sad.”

Christina Chalmers was born in Edinburgh, studied in Cambridge, lived in London, and has recently relocated to New York. Her poetry has been published widely in such on- and off-line venues as:Datableed, Materials, Sundial, and Rivet.

38pp, covers in gold paper, side stapled.

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NAOMI WEBER – VERY LONELY ANIMALS

Published November 2016

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Naomi Weber’s lyric sequence Very Lonely Animals sprawls across its pages in slabs of delicate observation, working through the condition of innerness and outerness, fragmentation and totality. The locations of these poem are wide open, seas and coasts, rooms in which people nestle and seek protection, but from which they pereptually seem to be on the verge of leaving: the line ripens in sounds unfolding within and across the break, lulling or obscuring.

This is poetry that sings it own song, almost to itself, from just off-centre.

“This world we love and keep our love in keeps

Tearing our hands

The shreds around nails dragging behind

Looking around for gazes to meet

Digging bone to neighbourly flesh

God help me I am trying to be kind

But what other worlds have you given us

To serve, says a secret prayer”

Naomi Weber is a poet who has published poems in Datableed, No Money, &c. She has another new book forthcoming from Tim Thornton and Verity Spott’s The Winter Olympics Press.

14pp, card covers (purple), side-stapled.

The Other Room: a review

“Our eighth birthday event was initially billed as a sound art night, but as it turned out, two of our performers decided to deliver their poetry, setting up some delicious counterpoints for the evening. In time-honoured fashion we had to have a gimmick – on this occasion it was a complete copy of the annual anthology turned page by page into paper aeroplanes which got fired at various points during the evening at an increasingly wary audience.”

Scott Thurston’s thoughts on our eighth birthday event. Read them in full here.

Stuart Calton – a preview

Stuart Calton will perform at the next Other Room on 13th April. For a flavour of his work, listen to Blepharospasms, above with more information about Stuart below and on his own website. The other performers are Gary Fisher, Linda Kemp and Rosanne Robertson. Previews of all three will appear here over the next few weeks.

Bio.: Stuart Calton is a poet based in Manchester.  He is also the musician THF Drenching.  His first few books were published by Barque Press in Brighton.  The best Barque ones are “Three Reveries” (2010) and “The torn instructions for no trebuchet” (2013) which are kind of love poems that deal with clams, Goethe, Amiri Baraka, sex, Melanie Klein, the repetition compulsion and loss.  His latest two books are self-published on own his imprint Drentpaper, part of his record label Council Of Drent. They are “Live At Late Dilated Ileum” (2015), a sequence about hernias, St Lucy of Syracuse, anality, a marmoset and several imaginary pubs, and his latest “Blepharospasms” (2016), which deals with dream interpretation, masochism, masculinity, Henri Rey, reparation, mania and 2Pac becoming a jellyfish.  It also features an ill-tempered stream of abuse directed indiscriminately at all drone music.  ENJOY HIS WORK.

Materials

The eight reading in the Materials Reading series will feature readings from MEG FOULKES and STUART CALTON.

MEG FOULKES is the author of ‘Poems’ (Rank Xerox, 2004) and ‘Sylvester’s Crown and Other Poems’ (Arehouse, 2005).

“Bring on the fanfare, success / Writes poems of determined luck / So pleased, so incurably pleased / To be known still.”

STUART CALTON is the author of ‘Sheep Walk Cut’, ‘The Bench Graft’ (both Barque Press, 2004), ‘United Snap-Up’ (Fenland Hi-Brow Press, 2004), ‘The Corn Mother’ (Barque Press, 2006), and ‘Three Reveries’ (Barque Press, 2010). His most recent book is ‘The Torn Instructions for No Trebuchet’  (Barque Press, 2013), which he will read on this occasion.

“still forever I / hate this fucking system and I wanted our life / better to realize the true generality and make its / really-existing untruth external in our / particular.”

Armitage Room (FF), Queens’ College, Cambridge, Friday 7th March, 7.30 for 8pm. BYOB.

Videos back in the archive

A small part of our video archive, including readings and videos, hosted by MySpace has been down for a while. We’ve a couple more to sort out but meanwhile here are these videos back in action to be watched for the first time or again. Bon Appetit.

Nick Thurston December 2009

[vimeo https://vimeo.com/78619129 w=250&h=216]

Nick Thurston interview 2009

[vimeo https://vimeo.com/77545012 w=250&h=216]

Sophie Robsinon December 2009

[vimeo https://vimeo.com/78679878 w=250&h=216]

Sophie Robinson interview 2009

[vimeo https://vimeo.com/77545011 w=250&h=216]

Stuart Calton October 2009 at Oxjam

[vimeo https://vimeo.com/78618997 w=250&h=216]

Michael Haslam October 2009

[vimeo https://vimeo.com/78618999 w=250&h=216]