NOTES, REVIEWS, ENCOUNTERS, & THE TURN TOWARDS MIME

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Myself, Karin de Jong and Ohad Ben Shimon at The Print Room, Rotterdam, 13th Dec 2013
 
 
 
 
 
 
MAN AARG! POETRY, ESSAY, ART PRACTICE is one of the books selected by Arnaud Desjardin for the Artists’ Book Collection at Emily Carr University of Art & Design in Vancouver. He discusses all of the books he has chosen on the Collection’s blog.
 
Sarah Gonnet recently reviewed BRING THE THING at I’m A Serious Journalist You Know, as part of a growing archive of poetry, art, zine, and theatre reviews and interviews.
 
Life continues at The Ruins of Hastings, with several recent posts, including Writing/ Unwriting the Apples, Lemons and Pears and Interruptions, Car Park, with Big, Ugly Stitches.
 
Both of these posts are responses to books, diagrams, and ideas of various writers & artists, whilst they are also feed into an emerging/ amorphous sense of what (in East Sussex and on the web) The Ruins might be/is.
 
The VerySmallKitchen site I curate has just published projects by Kasper Andreasen and Patrick Coyle, following on from projects by Emma Bolland and David Price. On her own website, Emma’s Writing about Re-Writing Writing explores the process of her VSK Project.
 
A big thanks, too, to The Print Room in Rotterdam who hosted a discussion between myself and VSK author Ohad Ben Shimon on December 13th, including readings from the book by Ohad and Mercedes Azpilicueta.
 
After this photo of The Print Room event I wonder if VerySmallKitchen is best understood through mime. I have always wanted VerySmallKitchen to propose/ enact a particular space of writing, reading, and art practice, and here (mid-conversation) it is:
 
 
 
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For some of the publications I found in Rotterdam, and elsewhere, see the VerySmallKitchen twitter feed.
 
 
 
 

WRAP UP! at THE PRINT ROOM, ROTTERDAM 13th DEC

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Images from top: Ruth Van Beek, The Arrangement & Ohad Ben Shimon, 2 Blue Cups on Two Different Corners of the Table.
 
 
 
I’ll be presenting VerySmallKitchen as part of WRAP UP! at The Print Room, Rotterdam on Dec 13th. Full details here.
 
The event will also seen a reading and launch of Ohad Ben Shimon’s VerySmallKitchen book 2 Blue Cups on Two Different Corners of the Table, alongside presentations of Ruth Van Beek’s The Arrangement (RVB Books) and Antje Peters Desserts (Automatic Books).
 
I’m also looking forward to visiting for the first time some of the local bookshops now stocking Ohad’s book, including Walgenbach Art & Books in Rotterdam, San Serriffe and Boekie Woekie in Amsterdam.
 
 
 
 
 
 

POEMS FOR SAINTS THAT ARE POETS AS SAINTS

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Before the Poets as Saints reading at the Hardy Tree Gallery on November 23rd, David Kelly-Mancaux AKA Erkembode gave each of the readers a single sheet of A5, containing a text and/or image in which he spoke through and with each poets work, possibly with the eager assistance of mimi spirits.
 
 
Erkembode’s page for me is above. The whole marvellous sequence can be seen here. Below is the page for Tim Atkins:
 
 
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LUDICROUS AESTHETE IS PUBLISHED BY BLART

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My book LUDICROUS AESTHETE has just been published by Blart Books. It is available here. A sampler PDF is here.
 
The piece was originally commissioned by SJ Fowler and read as part of the Reel Words night at the Reel Iraq festival at Rich Mix, London in March 2013. Sarah Zakzouk reviewed the original event for Reorient magazine here.
 
Many thanks to Stephen Emmerson and Lucy Harvest Clare (Blart editors) for putting this out. Other recent titles include Lucy’s BABA, and Chris Stephenson’s NAPOLI METRO BAD DREAM SEQUENCE. Both highly recommended. Get them here.
 
 
 
 
 
 

POETS AS SAINTS at the HARDY TREE GALLERY 23rd NOV

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I’ll be reading this Saturday 23rd Nov at the Hardy Tree Gallery as part of the wonderful exhibition not just another saint by David Kelly-Mancaux AKA Erkembode (above). Also reading are Tim Atkins, SJ Fowler, Robert Kiely, Sarah Kelly, Holly Pester and Marcus Slease. Full details of the show below.
 
Also on the 23rd I’ll be at the VerySmallKitchen stall as part of the Interrobang Book Fair organised by Annexe, at the Free Word Centre from 11.30-5.00pm. I’ll have all the VerySmallKitchen titles, plus some books by myself, for exchange and purchase.
 
 
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LAUNCH of EPHEMERIDES at BOOKARTBOOKSHOP 8th NOV

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My collaboration with seekers of lice will be launched at the bookartbookshop near Hoxton Square, London, on the 8th November. Here are the details:
 
 
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seekers of lice wrote in an email on 17/05/2013:
 
 

the word comes from the greek for diary or journal
electronic ephemeris data are emitted by GPS satellites to calculate locations
so it seemed to be a link between diary and place

 
 
Copies will also be available at the forthcoming Small Publishers Fair on 16th-17th November.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

CAMARADEFEST at RICH MIX, SATURDAY 26th OCTOBER 2013

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This Saturday 26th October I’ll be reading with Mary Paterson as part of Camaradefest at Rich Mix in London.
 
More about Mary’s work is here. As poet-curator S J Fowler describes it:
 
 

The Camaradefest is a unique one day poetry festival of dynamic collaboration in contemporary avant garde and literary poetics. 100 poets align in 50 pairs, each writing an original collaborative work, written specifically for the festival and premiered on the day. The 5th Camarade event, and the crescendo of the Enemies project’s first year, this ambitious exploration of the possibilities of collaboration in poetry will evidence the true width and depth of poetry that is happening now.

 
 
The full line up for this all-day event is:
 
 
{2pm – Session I}
 
David Berridge & Mary Paterson
Kirsty Irving & Jon Stone
Jeff Hilson & Fabian MacPherson
Edmund Hardy & James Wilkes
Giles Goodland & Alistair Noon
Mendoza & Nat Raha
Marek Kazmierski & Wioletta Grzegorzewska
Matt Dalby & Steven Waling
Tom Chivers & Ross Sutherland
 
 
{3.30pm – Session II}
 
Marcus Slease & Claire Potter
Rhys Trimble & Harry Gilonis
Bea Colley & Francine Elena
Pascal O’Laughlin & Scott Thurston
Ghazal Mosadeq & Ricardo Marques
Sarah Crewe & Jo Langdon
Andy Spragg & Joe Kennedy
Robert Sheppard & Robert Hampson
 
 
{5pm – Session III}
 
Ahren Warner & Mark Waldron
Julia Bird & Sarah Hesketh
Ekaterina Paronian & Sophie Mayer
Chrissy Williams & Nia Davies
Becky Cremin & Ryan Ormonde
Stephen Watts & Will Rowe
Zoe Skoulding & Ondrej Buddeus
Oli Hazzard & Caleb Klaces
 
 
{7.30pm – Session IV}
 
Carol Watts & George Szirtes
Tim Atkins & Jessica Pujol I Duran
Ryan Van Winkle & William Letford
Jack Underwood & Alex MacDonald
Joanna Rzadkowska & Kristen Kreider
Stephen Connolly & Emily Hasler
Sophie Collins & Rachael Allen
Deborah Pearson & Tamarin Norwood
Sarah Kelly & Gabriele Lebanauskaite
 
 
{9pm – Session V}
 
Holly Pester & Emma Bennett
Sam Riviere & Joe Dunthorne
Ollie Evans & Robert Kiely
Nathan Jones & Sam Skinner
Christodoulos Makris & Kim Campanello
Reza Mohammedi & Ana Seferovic
James Davies & Philip Terry
James Byrne & Sandeep Parmar
Chris McCabe & Tom Jenks
 
 
 
 
Go to The Enemies Project.