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Blog entries on '25 July 2006'

Tuesday 25 July 2006

Interview marathon

Serpentine Gallery curator Hans Ulrich Obrist and architect Rem Koolhaas are organising a live 24-hour interview marathon from 6pm on July 28th to 6pm July 29th, interrogating a line-up of artists, writers, philosophers and whatever that are meant to represent a cultural snapshot of London. The list of interviewees includes Ken Adam, Tariq Ali, Damien Hirst, Doris Lessing and Tom McCarthy.

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Tuesday 25 July 2006

Penises in public

Later today, from 1-2pm at Manchester Central Library, Carcanet are organising Lunch Poems: A Frank O'Hara Celebration:


Local poets, including Matthew Welton, Linda Chase, Barry Wood, Michael Schmidt [and me!], will read their favourite O'Hara poems to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the poet's death in 1966. There will also be a video screening of O’Hara reading his poem Lana Turner has Collapsed, from the Channel 4 series Modern American Poets, produced by Colin Still.

I'm reading The Critic which has me in the highly enviable position of being able to say penises in public: "You lurk there / in the shadows, meting out / conversation like Eve's first / confusion between penises and / snakes." What will me poor mam say!?


Carcanet publish O'Hara's Selected Poems and 'Why I'm Not a Painter' and other poems. O'Hara's work also features alongside that of John Ashbery, James Schuyler and Kenneth Koch in The New York Poets: An Anthology.

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Tuesday 25 July 2006

Douglas Oliver radial symposium

A "radial symposium" dedicated to poet Douglas Oliver began yesterday at Intercapillary Space. We've already had Pierre Joris's The Tea–Brown Light of Kindness and today we have Ralph Hawkins excellent Douglas Oliver's Diagram Poems.

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Omens, after Alexander Pushkin

I rode to meet you: dreams
like living beings swarmed around me
and the moon on my right side
followed me, burning.

I rode back: everything changed.
My soul in love was sad
and the moon on my left side
trailed me without hope.

To such endless impressions
we poets give ourselves absolutely,
making, in silence, omen of mere event,
until the world reflects the deepest needs of the soul.

-- Louise Gluck
Averno (Carcanet Press)

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