Commentaries

Let's take a quick break, actually: Eddie Hopely in performance

Eddie Hopely reading at Sappho's, August 9, photo by Phan Quỳnh Trâm
Eddie Hopely reading at Sappho's, August 9, photo by Phan Quỳnh Trâm

Toby Fitch, following Eddie Hopely’s reading at Sappho’s monthly "Avant Gaga" poetry night (August 9, 2016) described Hopely as “the ultimate troll.” Hopely is this and more. His work is striking for its uncompromising (and potentially self-sabotaging) interrogation of the bodies and frameworks that support/facilitate/provide space for (his) poetry. To edit, publish, stand near (or, for that matter, write on) Hopely’s work, is to risk appearing earnest, naïve and kind of establishment in comparison to his anti-institutional poetics. 

Toby Fitch, following Eddie Hopely’s reading at Sappho’s monthly "Avant Gaga" poetry night (August 9, 2016) described Hopely as “the ultimate troll.”

Joe Davis' 'Microvenus' as molecular muse

Joe Davis’ Microvenus “infogene” encodes and inserts the superimposed letters “Y” and “I” (a primeval Germanic rune for both “female” and “life” itself) into a bacterium, converting a graphic emblem into phase values and then into a nucleotide sequence. The muse-worship that Robert Graves once located at the origins of Western verse tradition in The White Goddess can now be clinically literalized.

Hiromi Ito's transcreation of 'The Heart Sutra'

Translated from Japanese by Jeffrey Angles

 

While looking freely and without effort at the world

While walking with people, searching for the path

In his spiritual quest to discern based on deep wisdom

Avalokiteshvara arrived at a certain thought.

Refraction as resistance (i)

[image: collage capone, cha, philip, walker, kim, lyle]
Capone, Cha, Philip, Walker, Kim, Lyle

I began with an accumulation, a sense of something, and this question: What is the significance of refractive poetics’ for artists who identify with the margins or address alternative modes of seeing?

Outside-in / Inside-out schedule

The following is the schedule for the major festival of “outside & subterranean poetry,” which takes as its point of departure Barbaric Vast & Wild, the anthology/assemblage co-edited by Jerome Rothenberg & John Bloomberg-Rissman.  The still larger Outside-in / Inside-out festival, as announced, will take place at venues across the City of Glasgow from September to November 2016.