Poetry & Poetics

A Reading Group Held at the University of Pennsylvania

Month: April, 2014

Rob Fitterman, “Just Another Soft Machine” + Sophia Le Fraga, “TH3 B4LD 50PRAN0; or, English Made Easy + L O V E S O N G)”

by DSS

Invitation

Poetry & Poetics concludes a packed 2014 spring schedule with this remarkable doubleheader. Please join us on Tuesday, April 29th, at 7:30 PM for the final 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). A year-end surplus of strong drinks and light refreshments will be provided.

Abstract

Wrapping up this year of Poetry & Poetics, what could be better than the combined brilliance of Rob Fitterman and Sophia Le Fraga? Working across digital platforms, affective appropriations, linguistics, and pop poetics, Fitterman and Le Fraga bring an exciting range of poetic practices from NYC. Also on display is Fitterman’s pedagogical role at NYU and Bard, where he has become a mentor to a whole variety of young poets, Le Fraga included. Perhaps Sophia Le Fraga surfaces some level of these relation in her recent work on Ionesco. Her presentation at P&P includes a performance of her most recent work, “TH3 B4LD 50PRAN0; or, English Made Easy,” published as edition 111 at Gauss PDF. Considering the process of transcoding the play in a networked environment, Le Fraga explores the ways in which the theater of the absurd lends itself to performance on phone or computer screens. This work is complemented by a reading of L O V E S O N G, a poem nested within a structure of verb classes. Rob Fitterman will present a talk entitled “Just Another Soft Machine” alongside some excerpts from his recent UDP publication No, Wait. Yep. Definitely Still Hate Myself. Join us to consider the relations of poetry and poetics to media, remediation, and stolen feelings in and among these various works.

Bios

Sophia Le Fraga is the author of I RL, YOU RL (2013) and I DON’T WANT ANYTHING TO DO WITH THE INTERNET (2012). Her work has been exhibited in “Poetry Will Be Made By All!” (LUMA/Westbau, Zürich, 2014) where she completed a residency, “Vorspiel Transmediale” (Berlin, 2014) and “Online/Offline: Encoding Everyday Life”  (Galeria Valle Orti, Valencia, 2012), as well as at the Brooklyn Museum, New York (2006, 2007) and the Corcoran Gallery, Washington DC (2006). Her writing has been featured in Lambda Literary Review’s Poetry Spotlight, Coconut, HTMLGiant, Lemon Hound, Gauss PDF and Poetry Foundation’s Harriet Blog. http://www.sophialefraga.com/

Robert Fitterman is the author of 14 books of poetry including No Wait, Yep. Definitely Still Hate Myself (Ugly Duckling Press, 2014), Rob’s Word Shop (Ugly Duckling Press, forthcoming, 2015), Holocaust Museum (Counterpath, 2013, and Veer [London] 2012), now we are friends (Truck Books, 2010), Rob the Plagiarist (Roof Books, 2009), war, the musical (Subpress, 2006), and Notes On Conceptualisms, co-authored with Vanessa Place (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2009). His long poem Metropolis, has been published in 4 separate volumes. He teaches writing and poetry at New York University and at the Bard College, Milton Avery School of Graduate Studies. His writing can be found at his website: http://homepages.nyu.edu/~rmf1/

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Mark Johnson, “The Truth and Life of Lies” + Orchid Tierney, “Archive and the Big Etcetera: Colonizinginginging the Lazy Object”

by DSS

Invitation

Poetry & Poetics continues its series of intensive set of events in the spring of 2014. Please join us on Tuesday, April 22nd, at 7:30 PM for an evening of readings, lectures, and lively conversation. The event is free and open to the public. We’ll be meeting at Fisher Bennett Hall (3400 Walnut Street) on the second floor (room TBA, likely 222). Strong drinks and light refreshments will be provided.

Abstract

We could not be more thrilled to host this week’s pairing. Come join us for an evening of lecture-reading-conversation with two of Philadelphia’s finest—featuring collector-poet-publisher-impresario-extraordinaire, the inimitable Mark Francis Johnson alongside recent New Zealand transplant, editor, poet, scholar, and brilliant wordsmith, Penn’s own Orchid Tierney. Both present findings, writings, and provocations on notions of the archive. Anyone who has ever thrilled over a rare LP or that forgotten tome in a dusty corner has surely thrilled over Mark Johnson and his various endeavors at (and through) Hiding Place (the only place for audio-textual arcana, best described as: “Excellent strange records and curiously worthwhile books. Film screenings. Poetry readings. Poltergeist activism. [Mark Johnson] in a rocking chair.”). Bringing us “The Truth and Life of Lies,” Johnson presents a series of radical proposals—an alternate history—for the generic classification of literature. In his words: “A revolutionary programme for the expansion of fiction. How you can help!” In league with these expansion joints, Orchid Tierney has been told by a title generator to present: “Archive and the Big Etcetera: Colonizinginginging the Lazy Object.” Tierney, of course, is the Penn contingent of the season, holding down the poetics fort at Fisher Bennett with her razor sharp experimental writing. Operating at the interstices of sonic and visual poetries, Tierney explores the poetic utterance and the linguistic image from every conceivable angle. This activity was recently demonstrated (at Johnson’s house!) along the blurry shores that might conjoin landfall with sea rise. Come for further feats by both this Tuesday—

Limitless rarities: http://hidingplaceplace.com/

Bios

Mark Francis Johnson is the author of Three Bad Wishes (Meow Press, 1995), Exactly Zero (Steel Bridge Publishing, 2011), Penniless Greenery (Editions Plane, 2012), Everything Isn’t (Hidden Press, 2012), Dream of a Like Place (Sus Press, 2013), Orange Mound and Pink Lotion (Gauss PDF, 2013), rFul (Hiding Press, 2013) and GRUON BS (Make Now Press, 2014). He lives in Philadelphia, where he is the proprietor of Hiding Place, a record / book store that hosts readings and, with the art gallery Marginal Utility, an experimental film and video series. He deejays as DJ Hiding Place.

Orchid Tierney, Penn English PhD Candidate, Bachelor of Arts (Hons), English and History (University of Otago, New Zealand, 2001). Master of Creative Writing (University of Auckland, New Zealand, 2010). Master of Arts, English (University of Otago, 2013). Primary Interests: Digital poetics, electronic literature, 20th/21st century avant-gardes. General Interests: Post-45 poetry and poetics, appropriative modes of writing. She is the prolific author of many publications and the editor of REM magazine.

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Only the most recent, see: http://www.orchidtierney.com

 

Ara Shirinyan, “Trade Show” + Joseph Mosconi, “Messy Clusters & Negative Taxonomies in Rules-Based Classification Systems”

by DSS

Invitation

Poetry & Poetics continues its series of intensive set of events in the spring of 2014. Please join us on Tuesday, April 8th, at 7:30 PM for the third 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

Please be alerted to this urgent Los Angeles edition of Poetry & Poetics: the ever-brilliant Joseph Mosconi and Ara Shirinyan are in town. Join us for a rare opportunity to converse with two-thirds of the Poetic Research Bureau, one-half of Area Sneaks, and a full 100% of Make Now Press. Following on a fantastic reading at Mark Johnson’s Hiding Place, Mosconi and Shirinyan join us for an evening of new poems, short lectures, and engaged conversation. Ara Shirinyan will read from “Trade Show” in coordination with a lecture presenting new ideas toward nature poetry in the pastoral tradition. Can a flag be pastoral? Where is the wilderness in “Julia’s Wild”? How might nature poetry intersect with conceptual artifice? Joseph Mosconi presents new works and a lecture entitled “Messy Clusters & Negative Taxonomies in Rules-Based Classification Systems,” bridging his professional practice in taxonomic systems with an crucial intervention into the poetics of classification. From a massive reorganization of new age bibliographies to prosodic interventions in the functional efficiency of taxonomy, Mosconi’s writing points to the dark core of the information economy.

http://poeticresearch.tumblr.com/

The publications arm of PRB: http://poeticresearch.tumblr.com/

Bios

Joseph Mosconi co-directs the Poetic Research Bureau in Los Angeles and edits the art & lit mag Area Sneaks. His books include Demon Miso/Fashion in Child (Make Now Press, 2014), Fright Catalog (Insert Blanc Press, 2013), But On Geometric (Insert Blanc Press, 2010), WORD SEARCH (OMG! Press, 2010) and Galvanized Iron on the Citizens’ Band (Poetic Research Bureau, 2009).

Ara Shirinyan is a poet and editor from Los Angeles. He edits Make Now Press. With Joseph Mosconi and Andrew Maxwell, he curates readings at the Poetic Research Bureau. He has made or authored several books, including Syria Is In The World, Your Country Is Great, Handsome Fish Offices, Speech Genres and Julia’s Wilderness. He likes starting or instigating gatherings.

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Inside back cover to Mosconi’s Fright Catalog: http://www.insertblancpress.net/products/fright-catalog-by-joseph-mosconi