Commentaries - January 2017

'Between the last word and this one': Brigid Kelly

Brigid Kelly
Brigid Kelly

When a poet voices primarily for performance, publishing sparsely, then leaves the spoken-word scene it can be difficult for subsequent generations to recover and appreciate that voice; what was cutting when delivered can sound blunt from the perimeter of decades. Commentary is prompted then sustained by an evidential body of work once the live performance is over.

Adam Pendleton: 'Black Dada' (video portrait of Yvonne Rainer)

Yvonne Rainer and Adam Pendleton at Anthology Film Archive

Just Back from Los Angeles: A Portrait of Yvonne Rainer had its premiere tonight at Anthology Film Archive. From the program, excerpted from Performa Institute:

ModPo 2017 dates announced

Free, open, online course on modern and contemporary US poetry — you can enroll now

ModPo 2017 — our next intensive ten-week “symposium mode” — will begin on Saturday, September 9, 2017. Please share with your friends and encourage them to enroll. Enrolling in ModPo now or any time means you have access to everything now, but it also means you’ll be ready to do the ten-week intensive course all together starting in September. If you are and were already enrolled, you needn’t do anything to stay enrolled for our ten-week September–November session.

A practice of 'towardness'

Archiving human lives, Tucson

In Sublice, Poland, on the German-Polish border, in a basement of the Collegium Polonicum sits the MyLife Archive, founded in 2004 by Dr. Krzystof Wojciechowski. 

Alvaro Estrada & Henry Munn: Shamanistic songs of Román Estrada

[Henry Munn, c. 2010]
[Henry Munn, c. 2010]

Recording and translation from Mazatec into Spanish by Alvaro Estrada
Translation into English by Henry Munn