I'm pleased to be curating a short series of multi-media readings, performance, and film at the brand new arts hub ONE HOE STREET, which naturally enough is at 1 Hoe Street, Walthamstow E17 4SD.
The lineup includes LIES - text, sound, performance by interdisciplinary artist cwl, multi-media reading by Tim Atkins, Rosalind Fowler's 16mm artist film 'Tamesa', Hassan Vawda's beautiful short film 'Ghar', Khaled Hakim with improvised poetry to his film sequence 'What Is There', mjb and Mendoza - collaborative performance by acclaimed anonymous poets, Peter Philpott's marvellous poem-sequence 'The Elements', and Seoul resident Finn Harvor's 'authorial' short film 'Meat'
Shearsman Magazine #117-118 is out tomorrow and includes my 'Ben-Hur' - a poem left unfinished in circa 1998 when I was withdrawing from poetry. Will be interested to read the other contributors. Thanks to guest-editor Kelvin Corcoran who was also instrumental in getting my book 'Letters from the Takeaway' accepted for publication by Shearsman.
mjb (Mark Jackson) is launching his first publication in a decade at The Beehive, Stoneleigh Rd, Tottenham at 7pm. The line up is mjb, Khaled Hakim, and the great Tommy Peeps son of Mendoza son of Linus Slug son of...
What may be my last performative sequence before disappearing for 17 years (fittingly entitled 'The Way to Nothingness) is published in the enlarged twentieth edition of Blackbox Manifold. Originally it was presented at a 1998 Colloquium convened by Clive Bush called 'Conditions for Writing' and hosted by Bob Perelman. There was a lineup of the great and good - Aaron Williamson, Caroline Bergvall, Miles Champion, Drew Milne, cris cheek, Andrew Duncan...
I don't know if it's because I've been reading Erotoplasty but looking through Blackbox #20 I was disappointed by poem after poem, so little was jumping out: a kind of flat, uniform, ruminative register. The exceptions are Jack Belloli's poems from Spandrel Routine, and Rich Ives tremendous 'Toad Child' filled with all kinds of beauty and violence. Honourable mentions for Dave Shortt, Jeffrey Thompson, Lisa Kelly - but each of them mining classical themes!??
Erotoplasty #2 is housing an early performance sequence of mine: Routine Four - Pastoral with Skinhead and National Fronter. I had an impression that #2 couldn't live up to the standard of #1 which is extraordinarily high, but having another look at it I decided it wasn't the poetry at fault but the graphic work with 'sub-Weimar/grand guignol kitsch' aesthetics as I wrote to Colin Lee Marshall. But back to the poetry, it has very fine things, some of the older stalwarts like Drew Milne I'm warming to, and I was taken with David Brazil's oblique religiosity and Tina Cabrera's meditative/conceptual sequence 'Waking Hours'. And it has more from Eleanor Perry's recent series of omnivorously exploratory poems (I call them 'Redacted Poems' as there's a blacked out band where the titles might be) - her work may be the most exciting out there.
"Tentacular is an online poetry, responses and arts magazine, issued quarterly." So reads the front page of the first issue which is now live and includes an early performance routine of mine. It starts with three poems by Eleanor Perry playing with science/pataphysics/omniverse and may be the best things in the magazine. The other stand out for me is Iris Colomb's 'Before Say' which rolls out a long discursive meditation/explanation foregrounding all the verbal fillers and backtracking of a verbal performance.