[Local events] Saturday & Sunday, 7/19-20: Steve Dickison & Susan Gevirtz
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Sun Jul 13 23:14:11 PDT 2008
The Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery, Reed College
in association with the current exhibition
"Jess: To and From the Printed Page"
present an audiovisually illustrated lecture
*"Eye of the Ear: Jess and the Poets"*
by Steve Dickison
both preceded and followed by music, featuring
the Flash Choir performing Sarah Dougher,
and Tim DuRoche & Co.
Saturday, July 19, 7:00 pm
Reed College Chapel, Elliot Hall
Spare Room presents a poetry reading by
*Steve Dickison & Susan Gevirtz*
Sunday, July 20, 7:30 pm
Full details below!
"Jess: To and From the Printed Page" is currently on view through Sunday
at the Cooley Art Gallery, Reed College, 3203 SE Woodstock Blvd.
Tuesday through Sunday, 12:00 - 5:00 pm
This traveling exhibition brings together collages, paintings, drawings,
illustrated books, video, audio, and archival materials, to give an
overview of the activity of California artist Jess Collins, lifelong
partner of poet Robert Duncan and one of the great twentieth century
practitioners of collage and allied arts.
As part of a closing event for the show, on Saturday July 19th members
of the Flash Choir will perform a new choral work by Sarah Dougher
(based on the Robert Duncan and Jess book Caesar's Gate), commissioned
by the Cooley Art Gallery.
Following this performance, Steve Dickison, Director of the Poetry
Center and American Poetry Archives at San Francisco State University,
will give a lecture on Jess and the poets, illustrated with slides and
audio excerpts from the Archives:
/This talk illuminates the world and work of the poets in response to
whose poetry Jess made original art, from the early post-World War II
San Francisco milieu till the mid-1990s. By featuring original audio
recordings from the Poetry Center Archives, audiences hear rare recorded
voices of Robert Duncan, Jack Spicer, Helen Adam, visitors to San
Francisco such as Charles Olson, and Jess himself, alongside later
inheritors of that tradition. The talk will also situate Jess among
other local artists who created original works in response to and in
collaboration with poets, Jess’s contemporaries Wallace Berman, Bruce
Conner, Fran Herndon, Robert LaVigne, among others, and pay tribute to
the innovative publishers who made the actual books, too often
overlooked as artists themselves./
The lecture will be followed by a reception on the Reed College Lawn,
with musical guests Tim DuRoche & Co.
The event is free and open to the public.
Then . . . Spare Room presents
a poetry reading by
Steve Dickison and Susan Gevirtz
Sunday July 20, 7:30 pm
Concordia Coffee House
2909 NE Alberta
$5.00 suggested donation
spareroom at flim.com
Steve Dickison has directed the Poetry Center and American Poetry
Archives at San Francisco State University since 1999. A poet and
writer, with special focus on the history of poetry and related arts in
San Francisco, he curated the exhibition Poetry and its Arts: Bay Area
Interactions 1954–2004 at the California Historical Society, during
Winter 2005, and more recently the exhibition Recent Visitors: Poets &
Publishing on the Bolinas Scene in the Seventies at the Book Club of
California. Editor-publisher of the small press Listening Chamber, he
also co-edits, with David Meltzer, /Shuffle Boil/, an occasional music
magazine with poet/artist/musician contributors. /Disposed/, a book of
poetry, was published by Post Apollo Press in 2007.
Susan Gevirtz's most recent books include /THRALL/ (Post Apollo) and
/Omatic & After St. John/ (dpress), and she has books forthcoming from
Kelsey Street, Trafficker, and eohippus labs. She was an assistant
professor for ten years at Sonoma State University, and now teaches in
the MFA in Poetry program at Mills College. With Greek poet Siarita
Kouka she runs The Paros Symposium on the island of Paros, an annual
meeting of poets and translators from Greece and the United States.
that the bird with the enormous velvet nerve-body
articulated legs more like an insect than I knew
greedy mouth wanted to feed out of my mouth
apparently they are always hungry
“what they are screaming is /ada ada/ the word for pain”
the verb was the same as in spanish /ayudar/
echo’d “are you there?” or in arabic /wadada/
“tears become pears for mothers to feed their children”
/19iii08 for McN/
*In this place which Legend Posits *
A silence fell upon the land. More quiet than a map. The sounds of place
having to do with the irreducibility and seamlessness of story. Airlines
want us to forget this. One body feeds sleep to the one next to it. And
the next imagines it as her own. For example.
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