Poetry & Poetics

A Reading Group Held at the University of Pennsylvania

Month: March, 2014

Caleb Beckwith, “poems from the court: basketball and poetic value” + Tom Trudgeon, “catalogue, interesting text, practice of the inside of things”

by DSS

Invitation

Poetry & Poetics continues its series of intensive set of events in the spring of 2014. Please join us on Tuesday, April 1st, at 7:30 PM for the second event of the semester. 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

After our inaugural coup with the New York duo Zultanski & Hamilton, Poetry & Poetics is thrilled to return with Caleb Beckwith & Tom Trudgeon, two core actors in the Philadelphia poetry scene, both working at Temple University, both with their fingers firmly on the pulse of contemporary poetry and poetics. Find out what your Northern colleagues are working on, discover new poems and critical writing by two exceptional poets-conversants-critics working in the neighborhood. Caleb and Tom have both opted to fuse critical and poetic presentation. The phenomenal title to Trudgeon’s work is: “catalogue, interesting text, practice of the inside of things.” Tom will be reading from and discussing his thesis work “catalogue”, which deals with issues regarding textual remediation, materiality, archivization, and objecthood. On a different key, Caleb will be presenting a series of writings entitled “poems from the court: basketball and poetic value.” This will entail readings from a series of recent projects. The pairings will seek to illustrate the recent trajectory of Caleb’s work: from app-based mapping projects to “original” aphorisms. This event is not to be missed!

Documentation from "Rolld" http://www.tomtrudgeon.com/

Documentation from “Rolld” http://www.tomtrudgeon.com/

Bios

Tom Trudgeon is a poet and curator from Los Angeles. He is co-editor of Basic Editions, a small arts and poetics magazine run out of
Philadelphia and Brooklyn. He is currently an MFA candidate at Temple University where he also teaches. http://www.tomtrudgeon.com/

Caleb Beckwith is a poet and editor living in Philadelphia, where he studies poetics at Temple University. He is a Senior Editor at the Conversant interview journal and also curates The Volta’s 365 Reviews project, which tries—and fails—to review a book a day for the entire 2014 calendar year.

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Steven Zultanski, “Reality” & Diana Hamilton, “Advice for Today’s Men and Women”

by DSS

Invitation

Poetry & Poetics is back for an intensive set of events in the spring of 2014. Please join us on Tuesday, March 18th, at 8:00 PM for the inaugural event of the semester. 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

After a long hiatus, Poetry & Poetics is thrilled to return with an appropriately epic jumpstart to the year: come out this Tuesday for a blockbuster double-header, for drinks and poetics, conversation and poetry, Diana Hamilton and Steven Zultanski. Hailing from NYC, the dynamic duo of scholar-critics-poets will make you break down and cry in poetic agony—this evening event is not to be missed. In works ranging from loosely adapted poetic procedures to rigorous personal inventories to riffs on popular online columns, their writing continues to inhabit a time zone at least one full publication cycle ahead of the contemporary. Hamilton will read from “Shit Advice Columnist,” a poem in the form of a short story that provides advice about bowel movements. In league with this advice, she will present a short lecture on how to cope with panic attacks by becoming an actor in films. In “Reality,” Zultanski will read a few new poems and deliver a short talk on reality.  Following these four brief works, we’ll open for a lively conversation on poetry, poetics, and their relations in this instance.

Bios

Diana Hamilton is the author of two books of poetry: Universe, a chapbook about moral philosophy forthcoming from Ugly Duckling Presse,  and Okay Okay (Truck Books, 2012), a book which appropriates others’ feelings. Other creative and critical writing has appeared in BombThe BelieverThe Claudius App, and Two Serious Ladies, among other places. She is a PhD Candidate at Cornell University and a Writing Consultant at Baruch College, CUNY.

Steven Zultanski is the author of Bribery (Ugly Duckling Presse: forthcoming 2014), Agony (BookThug: 2012), Cop Kisser (BookThug: 2010), and Pad (Make Now: 2010).

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Zultanski Cop Kisser. Get yrs: http://www.bookthug.ca/products.php?id=101