Poetry & Poetics

A Reading Group Held at the University of Pennsylvania

Month: April, 2013

Steve McLaughlin, “Cipherfunk” + “Puniverse”

by DSS

Invitation

Please join us on Wednesday, April 17th, at 7:30 PM for a local edition of Poetry & Poetics. The event is free and open to the public. We’ll be meeting at Fisher Bennett Hall (3400 Walnut Street) in the Grad Lounge (Room 330). Strong drinks and light refreshments will be provided.

Abstract

Publisher, Podcaster, Principal Hand Presenter, Poet: this Wednesday the incomparable Steve McLaughlin joins us for an evening of Poetry & Poetics. Steve will be presenting a new lecture entitled “Cipherfunk: Opacity’s Apotheoses.” Exploring the ciphering of writing, the lecture examines not ‘code poetry,’ but poetry as encoding mechanism. Within the lecture, Steve will also present some creative encoding in a new work entitled “Power Grab.” Following this presentation, we’ll have the pleasure of hearing a new poem entitled “Puniverse” (pun as in pun, not puny). After the reading & lecture, we’ll have a lively conversation about poetry, poetics, and their relations. Please see the Format section for further notes on the program.

Peripheral Writing

PNG for EOAGH No. 6: Peripheral Writing, ed. Tan Lin

Bio / Link Set

Stephen McLaughlin hosts the podcast Into the Field for Jacket2.org and curates PennSound Radio, a 24-hour stream of poetry readings and conversations. He lives in Philadelphia, where he runs the monthly reading series Principal Hand Presents.

Internet presence: Noisy Channel Coding ; Tumblr ; Twitter ; Flickr ; Facebook ; Google+ ; Attention Span 2012 ; Infinite Unexplored Domain of Poetic Values by Easter Halloween ; My John Anderson ; Sheaf MagazineRun for Your Life ; Issue 1.

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Maggie O’Sullivan, Selected Works + Influences

by DSS

Invitation

Please join us on Tuesday, April 2nd, at 7:30 PM for a special Poetics of Identity edition of Poetry & Poetics. The event is free and open to the public. We’ll be meeting at Fisher Bennett Hall (3400 Walnut Street) in the Grad Lounge (Room 330). Strong drinks and light refreshments will be provided.

Abstract

Maggie O’Sullivan has very graciously agreed to join Poetry & Poetics for an evening of readings and conversation. We’ll have the opportunity to discuss her works in relation to notable influences and precursors. This reading follows on her reading at the Kelly Writers House on April 1st, as part of the Writers Without Borders series. For those who can catch both events, we’ll discuss both readings in our meeting on April 2nd, and think through the poetics of influence. After the Maggie’s reading of works both her own and by others, we’ll have a lively conversation about poetry, poetics, and their relations. Please see the Format section for further notes on the program.

from Unofficial Word (1988)

from Unofficial Word (1988)

Bio

Maggie O’Sullivan is a British poet, performer and visual artist. For over thirty years, her work has appeared extensively in national and international journals and anthologies and she has performed her work, often in collaboration with dancers and musicians, all over the world. O’Sullivan’s work is influenced by Kurt Schwitters, Joseph Beuys, Jerome Rothenberg, Bob Cobbing and Basil Bunting. Her books include, most recently, murmur (Veer Books, 2011), ALTO (Veer Books, 2009), WATERFALLS (etruscan books, 2009), and Windows Opening (Belladonna Chapbook #108, Belladonna Books, 2007). In 1996, she edited out of everywhere: An anthology of contemporary linguistically innovative poetry by women in North America and the UK. Body of Work, which brings together for the first time the full texts of O’Sullivan booklets now out of print made during the London-based late 1970’s-1980’s and includes many Writers Forum publications is out now (Reality Street, 2006). Full online texts of recent work, including all origins are lonely (2003); murmur – tasks of mourning (2004) and courtship of lapwings (2006) are featured on her website, www.maggieosullivan.co.uk.

Via Eclipse, you might read: Concerning Spheres, 1982 + An Incomplete Natural History, 1984 + Un-Assuming Personas, 1985 + A Natural History in 3 Incomplete Parts, 1985 + From the Handbook of That & Furriery, 1986 + Divisions of Labour, 1986 + States of Emergency, 1987 + Unofficial Word, 1988.

Or, for more recent work, and an extensive listing of works online, see Maggie’s page here.

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cover to From the Handbook of That & Furriery (1986)

cover to From the Handbook of That & Furriery (1986)