Monday, February 14, 2011

Sat., March 5th: Poets James Yeary & Lindsay Hill. Music by Justin Smith

James Yeary
is a [me, a] poet and visual/performance artist living in Portland, Oregon. He is a member of the Spare Room collective for whom he recently organized The Maximus Poems Marathon, plus a festival of poetry for multiple voices. He is publisher of the chapbook series c_L books and is co-author (with Nate Orton) of the zine series my day. His work has appeared in ditch, Peaches & Bats, and SHIFTER.

Lindsay Hill was born in San Francisco and is a graduate of Bard College. His most recently published books are: The Empty Quarter and Contango (both from Singing Horse Press, San Diego). Recent work has appeared in Peaches & Bats, New American Writing, and Peep/Show poetry online: Lindsay lives in Portland with his wife, the painter Nita Hill.


Justin Smith is an experimental composer, based in Portland OR

Friday, February 4, 2011

Jennifer's question (from the collected texts)

When working in form, does that form take precedence over language?

Language itself is a form, as is poetry. The idea is that spectralism would enhance language, by flattening things like narrative.

The form of the word flattens the visual qualities of the letter. The form of the sentence gives to the word a particular quality -a context.

But like calligraphy returns independence to the visual qualities of the letter- the poem returns the word its objective magic

What was language again?