making poetry booklets in lockdown

As part of my activity during lockdown, I’ve used what is to hand to make some booklets of poems. I have revisited a poetry sequence I wrote that drew on guides and instructions for ‘proper’ speech, rules for social and public behaviour, the 1967 Sexual Offences Act led to the partial decriminalistation of homosexuality, and the policing, control or modification of the body in social media. The text is formatted in Big Caslon, with headings in Copperplate. The cover paper comes from a Soviet era book on the buildings of Prague.

This bear ain’t doin’ nothin’ wrong, pretty boy!
Residue prizes produce uniformly the same sensations,
buff expanding is where it’s at.
Wherever it may be retiring, not coward but cowherd,
both pretty trash now tbh.
He dances, scissors hands applied palm to palm,
hanging down, lips pouted as he whines. Oh, come on!

Parts of this text formed the basis of the score for the performance Threaded Inserts. First performed as part of Tears in Rain, for Plymouth Art Weekender at Plymouth Athenaeum, September 2017. Threaded Inserts was also presented at the Projectivisms symposium, organised by Wanda O’Connor at Cardiff University, May 2018 and at STREAM: a Series of Transdisciplinary Rituals & Experiments in Art & Music at Dartington in September 2018.

playlist for First Spark Festival radio show

First Spark Saturday Feb 1st 2020

playlist and links

On air from 0930hrs

part 1

Toni Dimitrov, Backyard Rain – 10’

Sebastiane Hegarty, Photosynthesis: for water snails, diving beetle and pondweed. – 7’06”

Emmanuelle Waeckerlé, 0(nly) – 21’

Sebastiane Hegarty, on [is] off – 13’

Mark Leahy, biddys 1 – 2’30”

part 2

Sue Coulson, Under the Line at Starcross – 7’15”

Olchar E. Lindsann, three poems – 6’

Kate Donovan, Seed Dispersal II – 6’10”

People Like Us, No One is an Island – 28’

Mark Greenwood, The Seance – 10’

Kate Donovan, Seed Dispersal I – 2’

Mark Leahy, biddys 2 – 2’30”

part 3

Sue Coulson, Sound of Piers and Seas – 6’40”

Andy Cluer, THEN, NOW, THEN (Act iii) – 7’30”

Noise Laboratory, Feather – 4’

Mark Leahy, biddys 3 – 2’30”

Alice Kemp, fourteen twelve – 14’12”

close

Recording available on Soundcloud here.

review of new publication by Patrick Dubost

I have a review up on Stride Magazine blog, of Patrick Dubost’s new publication Manifesto for a Modern Theatre In 49 Interchangeable And Optional Articles. Published by Knives, Forks and Spoons Press, the work is translated from the French by Eleanor Margolies, and includes photocollage illustrations by Sylvie Villaume.

In much of Dubost’s wider practice he performs with musicians, where his vocal improvisation operates among and with other instruments in live sound events. These events are a mode of theatre, at work with language, sound, and meaning, with what can be heard, and what might be understood. The 49 articles in this Manifesto might be read as a guide or annotation for those performances. And as a prompt to performances by other readers.

You can read the review HERE.

poems on tentacular issue 4

I have two poems, ‘Gules‘ and ‘Cuirass‘ from the Blazon sequence out now on the website tentacular. Edited by Jonathan Catherall, issue 4 is focused on varieties of translation, visual, from other languages, across divides.

The poems in Blazon are the outcome of a sequence of homolinguistic translation procedures. These were carried out using chance guided operations and substitutions on the textual content of an online directory of websites.