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Barrett Watten will read “Plan B,” a poem written in the aftermath of our national catastrophe, over four days in which the intensity of distorted discourse, media frenzy, and psychological projection fused in a mass of contradictions so real one could simply reach out and grab them to make a poem. The resulting work stands as a kind of “knowledge base” for the symbolic detritus of the election and the state of political crisis it produced. The keyword Gleichschaltung is drawn from the German experience of 1933 and is used as a “discrepant analogy” to the imperative not to “normalize” the result of the election—an imperative that continues for many. Both terms appear at regular intervals through the poem. Also evoked is the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald—a 1975 maritime disaster on the Great Lakes (and ballad by Gordon Lightfoot) that is iconic for residents of Michigan, for whom it represents the destruction of the state as well as the wreck itself. One might immediately compare this reference to Gerard Manley Hopkins’s The Wreck of the Deutschland to achieve the kinds of discrepant analogy the poem explores. For the reading in Munich, performance poet Franziska Ruprecht has translated “Plan B” into German, which she will perform. The reading will also present other texts evoking poetry as a “knowledge base,” on the one hand, and as record of catastrophe, on the other.

See above for details; click on image to download flyer. 

 

Poet Sandra Simonds kicks off the Open Field Reading Series at Wayne State University, Monday, January 30, 4 PM, in the Department of English Conference Room, 10302 5057 Woodward Avenue, Detroit. Tuesday, January 31, 7:30, she will lead a discussion on “Antifa Sorcery / Mongrel Dialectics,” at N-Space in the Canfield Lofts, 460 W. Canfield, Detroit. For flyer, click below:

simonds poster

If there is a 24/7 poet now writing, Sandra Simonds is it. Bridging language-centered experimentalism, engaged feminism, media culture, and immediate politics, her poetry demonstrates the neural networking that we require, suffer, and live under millennial capitalism. Writing in fluid and inventive formal structures, she mines the materiality of the everyday, distributing it in nuanced combinations and pushing toward the resistant truths it reveals.

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Event 48: The New 1–10

The Other Fabulous Reading Series
The Long Haul Infoshop
Berkeley, California
2 January 2015; info here
with Brian Ang, Patricia Murphy, and Chelsea Tadeyeske

“The New 1–10

Introduction, Questions of Poetics (MS)
Zone LI (in Armed Cell 7) + The Grand Piano 10, 000–00
Zone LII + The Grand Piano 9, 000–00
Zone LII + The Grand Piano 8, 000–00
Zone LIII + The Grand Piano 7, 000–00
Zone LIV + The Grand Piano 6, 000–00
Zone LV + The Grand Piano 5, 000–00
Zone LVI + The Grand Piano 4, 000–00
Zone LVII + The Grand Piano 3, 000–00
Zone LVIII + The Grand Piano 2, 000–00
Zone LIX  + The Grand Piano 1, 000–00

(Thanks to Brian Ang for his reading of “Barrett Watten, 1999“)

 

ASAP flyer

Association for the Study
of the Arts of the Present (ASAP)

October 3-6, 2013, Wayne State University

“Learning from Oakland: Occupy Poetics”
“Learning from Berlin: Hybrid Strategies”
“Learning from Shanghai: Sinofuturisms”
“Site/Nonsite Detroit: A Reading”
[reading flyer here]

Curated by Barrett Watten

“Learning from Oakland: Occupy Poetics”
Thursday, October 3, 3:30-5:00 PM

Brian Ang, poet and editor, Oakland: “Assembling ARMED CELL: Post-Crisis Poetics” [link to ARMED CELL; essay on Oakland Occupy at Lana Turner]
Sara Larsen, poet and organizer, Oakland: “The Praxis of the Commons: Poetics, the Public School, and the Polis/ce of Oakland” [link to The Public School]
David Lau, poet and editor, UC Santa Cruz: “Poetics in a Wave of Struggles: Passages and Limits of Contemporary Bay Area Practices” [link to Lana Turner]

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Amsterdam reading 1200Reading @ Amsterdam
Perdu/Lloyd Hotel
Oostelijke Handelskade 34
8:00 PM, 30 July 2013

After reading via Skype at the Amsterdam poetry venue Perdu last fall, for a thematic program based on the formal idea of “parataxis,” I wanted to return and present my work in person. I was able to arrange a reading through Samuel Vriezen and Frank Keizer, which due to the renovations undergoing at Perdu, would take place at the Lloyd Hotel, booked as “the world’s first 1-5 star hotel.” The hotel itself has a history and design idea, recounted here.

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I Met (Amsterdam)
Reading @ Perdu
Hotel Lloyd, Amsterdam
30 July 2013
(After On Kawara)

Frank Keizer
Samuel Vriezen
Rachel O’Reilly
Mia You
Wouter Beek
Ton Van t’Hof
[t/k]

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Reading @ Nuremberg
Bavarian-American Academy
Stadtbibliothek Nürnberg
7:30 PM, 27 May 2013

For my reading, I took as a model my 1999 presentation at Kelly Writers House, about which Brian Ang wrote perceptively [here]. In that event, I used stanzas from “Non-Events” as my guide, alternating between a regular progress through the poem as semantic and rhythmic baseline, while adding selections from Bad History and prose from The Constructivist Moment… More

A scripted, multivocal performance based on excerpts from the ten-volume The Grand Piano will be delivered by eight of the project’s authors: Rae Armantrout, Steve Benson, Carla Harryman, Lyn Hejinian, Tom Mandel, Ted Pearson, Kit Robinson, and Barrett Watten at UC Berkeley and Small Press Traffic, San Francisco. At Berkeley, the event will be moderated by Jasper Bernes; in San Francisco, it will be preceded by a 45-minute group discussion including the audience, moderated by David Buuck, on the values of collective art practice from the 70s to the present.

Holloway Reading Series
Maude Fife Room, Wheeler Hall
University of California, Berkeley
6:30–8:00, Friday, November 18

  • Information here   

Timkin Hall, California College of the Arts
1111 Eighth Street, San Francisco
5:00–7:00, Sunday, November 20

  • Information here   

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I Met (Chicago)
House reading @ Jennifer Rupert/Chris Glomski
4 November 2011, Humboldt Park, Chicago
After On Kawara

Jennifer Rupert
Chris Glomski
Janet Wondra
Gina Buccola
Jeffery Gore
Alison James
Jorge Frisancho
Joyce Colton
Jinny Lim
Peter O’Leary
Michael O’Leary
Jen Karmin
A. D. Jameson
Robin Hursey
Emily Branch
Ryan Kenealy
Bertie Kenealy

Turing Machine

“Jackson Mac Low as Reading Machine: Stanzas for Iris Lezak, Sampling, and Print Culture,” presented at High and Low, European Network for Avant-Garde and Modernist Studies, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland, 11 September 2010.

[From the introduction] In this paper, I propose a historical and cultural reading of postmodern practices of textual sampling and “reading through” in the poetry of Jackson Mac Low. To do so, I will position the methods and materials of his magnum opus Stanzas for Iris Lezak at the intersection of several concerns. The first is the imperative to rethink modernism and the historical avant-garde in relation to the content, forms, and media of mass culture. … More