Travels and travails. The spring is alive with movement, with the awakening despite, today, a return to a fallish greyness here in Paris. But to combat the grey cloudy mood one needs so little, so little of something--perhaps just a bit of joy? Or shiny souvenirs of fabulous encounters and travels and new publications to make one feel loved and to also lead one to discover new authors one is published alongside. SO--here below are a few pics of recent events and announcements for new publications. This mini list ends with info on my forthcoming June 7th reading in Amsterdam!
I) PRAGUE POETRY MICROFESTIVAL READING: JENNIFER K DICK with OLGA PEKOVA, happened on May 12th:
As these photos show (reading pics by Prague-based photographer Robert Carrithers republished here with his permission, the final pic is by me, as it has the great nightmood of central Prague--taken near Celetna 20), I travelled to Prague for their annual Prague Poetry Microfestival where I met for the second time the wonderful, talented young translator and writer Olga Pekova who brought some of my CERN poems into the Czech language. We gave a reading on one of the 4 nights of the festival, but I was especially excited to discover so many other authors--in particular the novelist who wrote DWELLING (Reality Street books, 2011--click title to order), Richard Mankin--who read on the extra-conference Fiction prequel night to the Microfestival. And what a delight it was to see old friends and new in-person friends after long cyber-contact: Michael Farrell and Vanessa Place. Here is a great picture of them contemplating the wall in the Prague Czech Repulic Senate garden!:
II) NEW POEMS FROM THE CERN PROJECT ONLINE in THE GORGEOUS ISSUE TWO OF MOLLY BLOOM Modern Poetry
MOLLY BLOOM issue two, available free and online HERE, includes work by Rachel Lerhman, Rob Stanton, rob mcclennan, Mark Russell, Sarah Crewe, Frances Presley, Jennifer K Dick, Osip Mandelstam translated by Alistair Noon, Vahni Capildeo, DS Marriott, Clive Semmens, and Geraldine Monk. It is edited by Aiden Simmons.
III) CRITICAL ARTICLE discusses CERN poems, article BY AMY CATANZANO on JACKET 2
|author and critic AMY CATANZANO for Jacket 2: https://jacket2.org/commentary/ufolanguage|
--What do you think? Am I part of U+F+O+L+A+N+G+U+A+G+E poetry? Read what Amy says HERE and let me know! See her article to check out a GREAT image by Maria Damon whose work and many others is discussed by Amy in her article.
IV) TEARS IN THE FENCE ISSUE 59--including my 10th column in the series entitled "OF TRADITION AND EXPERIMENT"
See TITF's website for more info or to order a copy at:http://tearsinthefence.com/
Or join their FB group at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2307588990/
My article is Of Tradition and Experiment X: a roundup of 5 excellent small press publications : Afton Wilky's Clarity Speaks of a Crystal Sea (Flim Forum, 2014), The First 4 Books of Sampson Starkweather (Birds LLC, 2013), Matvei Yankelevich's Alpha Donut (United Artists Books, 2012), Laurie Price's Radio at Night (Lunar Chandelier Press, 2013) and Jackqueline Frost's You Have the Eyes of a Martyr (O'Clock Press chapbook).
Additional mini-reviews included at the closure of my column mention Lily Robert-Foley's M (Corrupt, 2013), Michelle Noteboom's Roadkill (Corrupt, 2013), Frances Richard's ANARCH. (FuturePoem, 2012), Matthew Cooperman and Marius Lehene's IMAGO for the fallen world (Jaded Ibis, 2013), as well as Shira Dentz's door of thin skins (CavenKerry, 2013)
V) CELEBRATORY READING for CONVERSION in the midst of the gorgeous art show for bookmaker, sculptor, painter and engraver KATE VAN HOUTEN of ESTEPA EDITIONS at ELIANE FIEVET's home gallery space.
This was a beautiful evening of sharing poems in a space filled with the most amazing sculpture. If you are interested in ordering a copy of CONVERSION, the limited edition book in handmade boxes, numbered 1-50, can be ordered through Kate Plus Books and via email directly at estepa [dot] editions [at] gmail [dot] com They are 50euros. See an image in the announcement below of the book.
VI) UPCOMING EVENTS--AMSTERDAM READING for CONVERSIONS at BOEKIE WOEKIE collectables and art bookstore! SEE YOU THERE?
INFO for event: 5PM on Sat 7 June at Boekie Woekie bookstore, Berenstraat 16, 1016 GH Amsterdam in The Netherlands.
BIOS/ ARTIST INFO: Kate Van Houten, founder, editor and creator of Estepa éditions, is a visual artist, bookmaker and book-binder based in Paris, France. Her collaborative and individual books include publications of one-off exclusive art books to a more affordable range of small editions of up to 100--see a few samples at http://kateplusbooks.
wordpress.com/2011/02/19/ books/. She has worked with Jennifer K Dick on two occasions--first for a bilingual edition RETINA/RETINE in 2007 with art and binding by Kate, poem in 8 sections by
Jennifer K Dick and a translation by Rémi Bouthonnier (available at
Boekie Woekie). Now Jennifer and Kate will be coming to Amsterdam to
celebrate their most recent collaboration "CONVERSION"--a set of 7 folio
pages in an edition of 50, text printed in a deep blue ink with
watercolor and ink images by Kate Van Houten traversing the pages and
some of the texts. This is "bound" in a bordeaux colored handmade box in
which the folio pages and their cover page slip in and out delicately.
Jennifer composed these poems in Greece and Paris and they have the
island feel of summer. Jennifer works for the Amsterdam-based literary
magazine, VERSAL, and is the author of various other books and
|photo courtesy of http://gycouture.blogspot.fr/|
|Boekie Woekie's home site is at: http://boewoe.home.xs4all.nl/|