And then I think how pleasant is the sound of rain on the rooftops here, and farther birdsong and there is a peaceful calm to Paris this Saturday, perhaps because for many this is another long weekend and they are away basking in beachness and greenery.
Me, I am letting the past few weeks settle a little, the running to conferences & readings & classes. Prepping now for the PhD defense (the 4th of June at 14h at la maison de la recherche de Paris III, 4 rue des irlandais, RER Luxembourg + 10min walk for anyone interested in coming--it is a public event here), preparing for a totally different kind of speechifying. What to say after 6 years of writing in French on so many poems? How to close the door on that, open another on the next place we (the poems & I, in relation with/to them) are going? On verra.
Anyway, here are a few pictures from the weeks just lived, the fun, crazy readings in such different venues, the moments in Bordeaux! The world as seen through the objective of this little pocket digital phone's lens, often blurry because even with technology there are some things I have never gotten good at!!! Enjoy. Images in reverse chronological order!!!
Ondulations booklaunch reading in PARIS at Pixie Galerie/Marie Poliakoff, 95 rue de Seine, 75006 on the 20th of May 2009:
Kate Van Houten (artist) & Jacques de Longeville in front of Marie Poliakoff's galerie, bookmarks from the event litter the sidewalk to help lead people inside Mme's "art boudoir"!
Jacques de Longeville and I (Jennifer K Dick) read from En Clos/Enclosure between French & English, sometimes with our voices overlapping.
Jacques de Longeville & I finishing our co-reading of Enclosure
Susana Sulic "Performs" her words/symbols. In the Spanish, we watch the language, then her daughter reads a translation in French.The crowd: So "6ième arrondissement" says one of my friends. We see the back of Giorgio's head as he talks to his nephew, then the curtains keeping us all tucked inside this cozy, warm galerie.
Group picture after the reading: in background Marie Poliakoff, in foreground (left to right) Sulic, Jacques de Longeville, Susana Sulic, me (Jennifer K Dick), Giogio Fidone & Kate Van Houten.
Kate Van Houten examines a set of Giorgio Fidone's acrylics before the reading.Book Signing for ONDULATIONS at Giorgio Fidone's, 18 May 2009. All 50 books are numbered & signed as collectors items. Each contains 4 original paintings by Fidone. Above, Jacques de Longeville & I sign & admire the work. Below, Susana Sulic & Giorgio Fidone sign.Now it is off to AMSTERDAM, or rather, that is where I was BEFORE. 15-16th May 2009
Before the reading, Rufo Quintavalle & I tourist. We head to the reconverted pathology-into-artspace to check out the works. Here are pics of the building, then Rufo in the "reading/smoking" space, then me at our spacious café table where we had a drink and waited (in vain) for the downpour to stop.