Some new poems from a sequence in progress – ‘revised dictionary supplement’ – are up now at Rupert Loydell’s Stride Magazine site. The sequence was significantly edited during my residency at Arteles in Finland in November 2018. The texts began as a response to Bruno Munari’s ‘Supplement to the Italian Dictionary’ and explore questions of gesture, bodies, queerness, power and presentation.
In September, Shearsman Books published According to John James edited by Kelvin Corcoran. The project was organised in memory of John James who died in May 2018. I was one of a number of poets who answered a call for responses to 2 quatrains in James’s ‘Theory of Poetry’. Among others who contributed are Lyndon Davies, Andrew Duncan, John Hall, Alan Halsey, Peter Hughes, Romana Huk, Linda Kemp, Tony Lopez, Simon Perril, J.H. Prynne, Denise Riley, Peter Riley, Gavin Selerie, Karlien van den Beukel, Robert Vas Dias, Geoff Ward, and John Wilkinson. A painting by Bruce McLean is reproduced on the cover. Published September 2018. Chapbook, 36pp, 8.5 x 5.5ins, £6.50 / $9.95ISBN 9781848616301
with all best wishes for the midwinter season
and the turning of the year;
I have been making some small collage pieces as part of my work on the Enter Text residency at Arteles Creative Center in Finland. The images are working around gestures, body language, and learned behaviour. The plan is for these to accompany a text I am writing on related themes and appear as an artist publication.
I have an essay ‘Disrupting the Market in Echoes: Voice, body and technology in poetry and performance by Hannah Weiner and Holly Pester’ in a recent issue of Performance Research published by Taylor & Francis. The issue, On Writing and Performance, is edited by Ric Allsopp and Julieanna Preston.
This essay considers questions of writing in its relation to voice, technology and performance through a reading of voiced and printed work by Hannah Weiner and Holly Pester. The focus is on two works, Holly Pester’s ‘Buddy Holly on my Answer Machine’ published in Hoofs (2011), from if p then q books, and ‘RJ Romeo & Juliet’ from Hannah Weiner’s Code Poems: From the INTERNATIONAL CODE OF SIGNALS for the use of all nations, published in 1982.
Link to the Journal online: doi.org/10.1080/13528165.2018.1464761