Jazmine Linklater: a preview

Jazz will read at the next Other Room on 21st February, alongside Calum Gardner and Edmund Hardy. Here she is reading her collaboration with Jessica Tillings on last year’s North by North-West Poetry Tour.

Our event is at The Castle Hotel, Oldham Street, Manchester and starts at 7PM. Free entry, as always.

Jazmine Linklater lives and writes in Manchester. She has published two pamphlets, Toward Passion According (Zarf, 2017) and Découper, Coller (Dock Road Press, 2018).

Otoliths #48

Sheila E. Murphy, Douglas Barbour, Texas Fontanella, John M. Bennett, Diane Keys, Baron Geraldo, Mark Cunningham, Alyssa Trivett, Bill DiMichele, Jim Meirose, Guy R. Beining, Kyle Hemmings, Seth Howard, Anatoly Kudryavitsky, Cecelia Chapman, Jim Leftwich, Steve Dalachinsky, Magdalena Ball, Sanjeev Sethi, Lynn Strongin, AG Davis, David Lander, Lawrence Upton, Raymond Farr, Trivarna Hariharan, Clara B. Jones, Pete Spence, Jill Chan, Drew B. David, Jon Cone, Philip Byron Oakes, Karri Kokko, David Rushmer, Andrew Brenza, Marcello Diotallevi, Kathryn Hummel, Federico Federici, Mark Pirie, Diana Magallón, Laurent Grison, Jack Galmitz, Marilyn R. Rosenberg, Sacha Archer, Justin Sheen, Felino A. Soriano, David Baptiste Chirot, Alice Savona, Thriveni C. Mysore, Howie Good, Thomas M. Cassidy, Brandon Roy, Brandstifter, Rich Murphy, hiromi suzuki, gobscure, Joel Chace, Volodymyr Bilyk, Olivier Schopfer, Brendan Slater, Joe Balaz, John Levy, Tom Beckett, Lakey Comess, Clay Thistleton, Anne-Marie Jeanjean, Poornima Laxmeshwar, Penelope Weiss, Carey Scott Wilkerson, Thomas Fink, Maya D. Mason, M.J. Iuppa, Ivan Klein, mary c fogg, Tony Beyer, Jeff Bagato, Charles Wilkinson, J. Paul Dutterer, Jessie Janashek, Jeff Harrison, Louise Landes Levi, Joseph Salvatore Aversano, Mary Kasimor, Karen Greenbaum-Maya, Michael O’Brien, Linda M. Walker, Keith Nunes, Jesse Glass, Andrew Topel, Cheryl Penn, Richard Kostelanetz, Edward Kulemin, Karl Kempton, Ryan Scott, Emma Burgess, Katrinka Moore, Timothy Pilgrim, Marilyn Stablein, Seth Copeland, Vassilis Zambaras, Bob Heman, Brooks Lampe, Anwer Ghani, Chris Brown, J. D. Nelson, Jacqueline M. Pérez, Michael Brandonisio, Paul T. Lambert, & David Kjellin. Read it here.

The University Camarade

The University Camarade III
February Saturday 10th 2018 – 7.30pm – Free Entrance
Venue 2 : Rich Mix Arts Centre (35-47 Bethnal Green Rd, London E1 6LA)
www.theenemiesproject.com/unicamaradeThe University Camarade is an initiative that asks writing students from different Universities across the UK to collaborate on short new works of poetry or text, for performance. It is an opportunity for young writers to expand their practise, knowledge and networks, and the project takes a stand against purported factionalism in higher education. The innovative collaborative methodology also allows students to include experimentation early in their writing careers, and perform to a large audience.
YVONNE LITSCHEL & BRONTE PLEASANTS
JAMIE TOY & EDWIN STEVENS
SILJE REE & HANNAH SUMMERS
EMILY MOYCE & JAI BROUGH
AMJAD HAJYASSIN & LUCY CASH
JENNAH FLETCHER & JOE SHAW
SVETLANA ONYE & HEATHER O’DONNELL
TOM YOUNG & MICHAEL SUTTON
VILDE TORSET & ABBY KNOWLES
KIERAN WYATT & DAVID YEOMANS

The Uni Camarade III is supported by Kingston University, Edge Hill University, Glasgow University and York St John. It is curated by SJ Fowler as a Writers’ Centre Kingston project.

Animal Waste

Animal Waste : The second of a set of five cinema-poetic collaborations with the artist-filmmaker Joshua Alexander.

Animal Waste spreads itself over the lands of London which seem to have inspired a re-understanding of the city’s literary and psychological history, from Limehouse to Wapping, Rotherhithe to Ratcliff. Mutely nodding to this profound and now taken for granted reexamination of these once were slums, Animal Waste sets itself against the confident and touristic glean of that history, instead aligning itself with the suffering sediment of the actual past. Shot around Wellclose Sq and Hawksmoor’s St Anne’s, and hiding from the Thames, the film evokes Falk, Swedenborg, Linneaus in all their intelligent menace.

‘Manichean visions revive disputed and despoiled London ground. Poetry in light and stone’ Iain Sinclair

The animal films explore the particular, baffled and morbid character of English attitudes to mortality, along with the specific influence of place and conformity on the quintessentially English deferral of emotion and melodrama. The films aim to capture the ambiguous menace of an often accidentally humorous resolve, manner, apology and understatement so prevalent in the English character.

Supported by the Eurimages TEM grant and Arts Council England via The Enemies Project.

Writing and movement – a residential workshop

4th – 9th June
Au Brana Centre, Lectoure, France
Led by OBRA with writer Lucy Burnett

OBRA Theatre Co and Carcanet poet Lucy Burnett are seeking passionate and interested artists who wish to participate in a 6 day research session at the Au Brana Centre in Southern France led by psychophysical theatre practitioners Kate and Oliviero Papi of OBRA and poet / writer / creative writing tutor Lucy Burnett.

The session will draw on, and further, the innovative, cutting-edge practice-led research which OBRA and Lucy have been developing into Writing from the Body as primary source. This involves exploring how language can be generated in response to a body in motion, as well as using one’s own body as the physical and intellectual stimulus.

We seek writers interested in engaging with their own physicality within their writing practice, and performers who wish to develop their capacity to generate their own texts. There are no set expectations as to what form the writing might take, nor does one need to be or become a dancer in order to engage with the physical practice proposed. Instead, the creative team will explore, share and hopefully expand the pedagogical structures under development, in collaboration with participants. This will be a period of active research to explore the potential extrinsic and intrinsic relationships between physical expression, movement and writing as creative processes.

OBRA’s practice, grounded in psycho-physical principles, is rooted within the body and mind working in harmony with the imagination. Lucy’s writing is particularly interested in the processes of emergence, re-emergence and change, within shifting textual, bodily and physical contexts.

The session will take place at the Au Brana Centre, a formerly ruined farm now transformed into a tranquil and focused creative environment with onsite accommodation provided.

The fee for this session will be €300 which includes food and accommodation at Au Brana, and a minimum of 6 hours training per day for 6 days. This will be on a first come first served basis, with a maximum of 15 participants, and to secure a place you will need to pay a non-refundable deposit of €100 (refunded if we cancel). Successful applicants will need to cover their own travel expenses, arriving at Au Brana 3rd June and departing 10th June.

To apply for the session, please return a completed application form to info@aubrana.com. OBRAWORKSHOP SAPP

Any enquiries please contact Oliviero at; info@aubrana.com or for more info see http://www.obratheatre.co/ workshops/

Aletta Ocean’s Alphabet Empire

“A book that asks, abstractly, are letters shaped like bodies? Can words evoke faces, captured in a screen? Who, or what, is assimilating, who or what? Aletta Ocean’s Alphabet Empire is a collection of art poems, hand wrought in black, grey, silver and white, fashioned with indian ink, paint and pen, worked with techniques that edge around writing, vying with abstraction, constantly harrying semantic meaning and legibility. 

Five years in the making, conceptually this is a book about sex, poetry and pornography and the disconnect between the former and the latter. These pages explore technology in its absence and aim to evidence the power of materiality and the body, and our hands, that are still required for touch.”

“Searching AOAE online (Aletta Ocean’s Alphabet Empire) shows a YouTube clip of Japanese cats mating. What’s a word in any case if not a monster? A monster that eats words. The toner explodes on the office carpet spilling out a perfectly formed oeuvre. Serifs skywrite like migrating gannets. The rorschach accidentally tells you what to think. The printed facsimile becomes original when the world goes JavaScript. The dollar sign is a duck walking backwards into a lake. The ATM dispenses glyphs. How do we know people have faces when they take the day off work? The tank rolls over the charcoal leaving a map of Iraq or a new version of Cathay. We’re back in the world of Artaud’s final journal where, thank fuck (and at last) we’re not being told what to think. Aletta Ocean’s Alphabet Empire is an almighty triumph, a well-earned relief. Picasso said it took a lifetime to learn to paint like a child. Or, for that matter, like the mad.” Chris McCabe

Part of Poem Brut, supported by Arts Council England. Available to purchase here – Aletta Ocean’s Alphabet Empire.

 

Poem Brut at Rich Mix II

Poem Brut at Rich Mix II: January Saturday 13th – 7pm onwards
Rich Mix Gallery : Free Entry (free wine too) 
www.poembrut.com/gallery
35-47 Bethnal Green Rd, London E1 6LA (downstairs from the Indigo Cafe) 
Featuring brand new literary performances from Paul Hawkins, Imogen Reid, Christian Patracchini, Patrick Cosgrove, Mischa Foster Poole and more. A last chance to see my Hard to Read exhibition before it closes and a first chance to soil my book Aletta Ocean’s Alphabet Empire, published by Hesterglock Press.

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Poem Brut at Rich Mix III : March Sat 17th 2018
with Chrissy Williams, Lavinia Singer, Matvei Yankelevich, Julia Rose Lewis, Julia Schuster, Olga Moskvina, Oliver Mayeux, Mischa Foster Poole, Ruhi Parmar Amin, Andre Bagoo and more.
Poem Brut at Writers’ Centre Kingston : March Thursday 22nd 2018
with Revital Cohen, Tuur Van Balen, Harry Man, Tawny Andersen, Jeramu Dodds, Sarah Dawson, Lucy Furlong & more.
Poem Brut at National Poetry Library : Wednesday June 6th 2018
with Maja Jantar, SJ Fowler, Tom Jenks, Saradha Soobrayen (TBC)

Interesting Drug Episode 6 – Xmas Edition

With a focus on the Basquiat show at the Barbican, this episode looks at the interface between art and music – between uptown and downtown – in early 1980s New York City.
“Four Saints in Three Acts” was an avant garde opera with an all black cast from an earlier era – Gertrude Stein and Virgil Thompson’s piece was performed in 1933 – and is currently being showcased through contemporary photographs of the performance at the National Photographer’s Gallery. A run through of other recent cultural events – Ice Cream for Crow as part of Beefheart weekend in Liverpool, Protomartyr live at the Deaf Institute, and the Royal Northern College of Music’s New Music NW festival are all given a mention. Music from Blondie, Kid Creole, House of Bedlam, Neil Young and others. Listen here.

If a Leaf Falls Press: Season 2 finale

‘Mayfair in Peckham‘—Minimalist 21st century lifestyle analysis in Sex & the City 2 by Susan Finlay

Who is the mayor of Miami‘—Joe Brainard inversions for when you remember you remember nothing in I Don’t Remember by Zain Aslam

‘yes, those are flamingos’— Lorca/Jack Spicer redux feat. a WHITE HORSE in cante jondo mixtape by Rowan Evans

‘His last words were not ‘Mehr Lict!”— Contemplate inevitable death in About the Author by James Carter

+ a limited edition riso printed broadside by Monica McClure, designed by Sean Roy Parker.

 

HARD TO READ – Collected Paint Poems, Poet Portraits & Pansemia of SJ FOWLER

Rich Mix Gallery 35-47 Bethnal Green Rd, London E1 6LA (downstairs from the Indigo Cafe) December 9th 2017 to january 14th 2018 with a special view performance event on January 13th 2018

.Collecting together the art poetry of SJ Fowler, this solo exhibition aims to pose several questions of the poem as a concrete, visual thing in the world. What is in the shape of a letter and what images do words recall? What is the meaning of colour in poetry and text upon the page, and white space? How does the situation of a poem change its meaning? Why is composition not a concept that applies to a medium that is innately visual? In literature, why has content overwhelmed context? Why has product dominated process? HARD TO READ poses these questions and answers them poorly, playfully, with over 40 original works drawn from multiple publications and previous exhibitions – works that interrogate handwriting, abstraction, illustration, asemic and pansemic writing, scribbling, crossings out, forgotten notes, strange scrawls – the odd interaction between paper and pen, and pencil, and coloured words that randomly collide with image recalling words.

The European Review of Poetry, Books and Culture

The European Review of Poetry, Books and Culture is an online literary journal, funded by the European Union, aiming to create an anglophone publication platform with a focus on continental Europe and world beyond.

Over 80 original essays, articles and reflections from writers across the world will be commissioned and published over the next 12 months. Initial commissions include new pieces by Rasha Abbas, Harry Man, Joanna Walsh, David Spittle, Christodoulos Makris, Andrew Gallix, Rocio Ceron, Catherine Humble and many more. New articles are soon to be published daily at www.versopolis.com

Poem Brut films

A literary event celebrating the visual, visceral, messy, handwritten and colourful in poetry with new unique commissions from writers exploring alternate ways of making literature. Films from the evening, including this from Christopher Stephenson are online here, plus full details of the project..

Cardiff Poetry Experiment: Lisa Samuels, John Hall, Flo Fflach

28th November at 7pm. Waterloo Tea (21-25 Wyndham Arcade Cardiff, Cardiff)
21-25 Wyndham Arcade Cardiff, Cardiff, CF10 1FH.

Lisa Samuels is the author of fifteen books of poetry, memoir, and prose—mostly poetry—including Wild Dialectics (Shearsman 2012), Anti M (Chax 2013), Tender Girl (Dusie 2015), and Symphony for Human Transport (Shearsman 2017). She also publishes essays and soundworks as well as editing books, collaborating with composers, and working with film. Living in Aotearoa/New Zealand since 2006 and having also lived in the Middle East, Europe, Malaysia, and the US, where she was born, has made transnationalism fundamental in her ethics and imagination. Lisa has a University of Virginia PhD and earns her living as an academic while also raising her son.

John Hall is a poet, retired teacher, essayist. He is author of several collections of poetry and of two volumes of essays. He also makes visual texts, mostly for domestic frames, and has been active in collaborations. He was closely involved in the formation of Performance Writing at Dartington College of Arts. As a Said Place is his most recent collection of page-poems.johnhallpoet.org.uk

Flo Fflach AKA Maura Hazelden is a visual artist who has shifted to words/language, on the page & out of the mouth: poetic, abstract, lists. She studied dance, and later 2d design, and then fine art: timebased & photovisual [Caerdydd]. In 2009, she was accepted onto Dartington’s MA Performance Writing but had to defer, but took up a place at Falmouth. Works: PW12, Arnolfini; Noises of Art, Aberystwyth; Text Festival, Bury. Currently: Nid/Not Writer in Residence ArcadeCardiff. Making work that sometimes might fragmented have lost its original meaning; and lists.maurahazelden.blogspot.co.uk