Archivi tag: poetry

david-baptiste chirot – in memoriam


After a five month stay in hospital, well-known international artist and poet, David-Baptiste Chirot (birth name, David Harris) began, in the late 1980’s, a new phase in his artistic journey at River View apartments in Milwaukee Wisconsin with artworks, films, writing, only to have it interrupted in early June 2021 by his untimely death. Friends and fellow artists/writers helped piece together this in-memoriam from notebooks, files, loose pages and artworks, salvaged from his apartment, and with works inspired by his art, writings, and their memories of father, brother, friend, artist, writer, poet & visual poet, David-Baptiste Chirot (b.1953 – d.2021).

Eds: Tom Hibbard, John M. Bennett, Catherine Mehrl Bennett

examples of a certain kind of thinking



Jim Leftwich: I am looking for examples of a certain kind of thinking about poetry which, if pursued to its logical extremes, would eventually include considerations of asemic and/or desemantized writing.

cia rinne @ the “haus für poesie” (berlin), today h. 19

screening today at the zebra poetry film festival, urania berlin

16h30 dealing with poetry/ umgang mit gedichten

19h: wortbilder, eine zebra lesenacht screenings+readings

an der urania 17, kleistsaal, 2g+

l’usage du mot, 7’46 min (2020)

official selection of the vienna poetry film festival, the monologues & poetry international film fest and the zebra poetry film festival berlin

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Reading and Conversation with the Poets
Jürg Halter (Switzerland) | Florence Pazzottu (France) | Jörg Piringer (Austria) | Cia Rinne (Germany) | Éric Sarner (France)

Hosted by: Daniela Seel

The event languages are German and French, with simultaneous interpretation. German translations of the French poems will be available.

What would a poetry film festival be without poems being read live and the people who write them? We have invited poets from France and the german-speaking countries whose texts are playing an important part in this year’s films. They will be presenting more of their work and giving us an insight into their very own worlds of poetic imagery.

tickets & info here:


more about “wasting my grammar”:


etel adnan, 1925-2021


phone-a-poem highlights

Phone-A-Poem Online presents highlights from an installation that celebrates the popular Cambridge-based poetry hotline, Phone-A-Poem (1976-2001). Founded by Peter Payack (and later edited by Roland Pease), Phone-A-Poem invited hundreds of poets—including Allen Ginsberg, Jane Kenyon and James Tate—to create answering-machine length recordings of individual poems which the public could access by dialing the hotline. In honor of the series, the Poetry Room has digitized select recordings from the archive and commissioned several new answering-machine poems (of 90-seconds or less) by such poets as Dan Beachy-Quick, Charles Bernstein, C.A. Conrad, Jon Cotner, Forrest Gander, Gabriel Gudding, Dorothea Lasky, Paul Legault, Filip Marinovich and Anne Waldman.

divining dante: online version of the book (for reading & free download)

The Divining Dante anthology – online version – is now available here
thanks to the publishing house Recent Work Press

It is a completely free document, which you are in turn free to distribute, share and otherwise shout about as you like. It includes all the poems collected in the print version. It is also downloadable as a pdf and shareable.

It features over 200 poems from around the world responding vividly, elegantly, and pointedly to Dante’s masterwork.

Thanks to the publisher, Shane Strange, and to the contributing general editors Paul Munden and Nessa O’Mahony, and editors Moira Egan, Priya Sarukkai Chabria, Alvin Pang, Paul Hetherington and David Fenza.

Paper book:

Online version:

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text by barcode poetry, 2021


jim leftwich @

Six Months Aint No Sentence, Books 1 – 15, written between 04.24.2011 and 01.13.2012. Originally published by Marco Giovenale at differx hosts as Six Months Aint No Sentence, a Journal: texts and works by Jim Leftwich, 2011 – 2016 Books 1 – 187
Books 1 – 30 were published by Peter Ganick and Jukka-Pekka Kervinen at White Sky E-Books.

poetry, visual poetry, asemic writing, historiography, writing against itself, useless writing, journal, textimagepoem, trashpo, desemantized writing, 21st Century American epic, collage poem, ongoing research

keep moving / jim leftwich. 2021

I was a poet, and for me that meant pushing the edges of poetry, and the edges of myself while writing poetry. The line was an edge, and the rhyme was an edge, and the stanza was an edge, and the syllable was an edge. Eventually it became impossible to ignore the idea of the letter as an edge. Once having agreed to that, it became impossible to ignore the shapes of the letter — first the shapes of the printed letters, in an array of fonts, and then the shapes of the handwritten letters.

From the outset, the idea of producing meanings had been for me subordinate to the idea of making poems. If all I had wanted to do was produce meanings, I would have written conventional sentences and paragraphs. But that was not what I wanted.

So I wrote poems, and I pushed the edges of the poem, and in doing that I was pushing the edges of myself, my sense of satisfaction and achievement, my sense of my own skills and competence, and I was never satisfied, intentionally, by choice, never satisfied, I refused to accept the sense of being satisfied, so eventually, inevitably, I found myself producing desemantized or asemic writings.

And that was a plateau, a stage, and I knew from the outset that I was only passing through, that I would never be satisfied with desemantized or asemic writing, any more than I had been satisfied with writing conventional poems.

Over the years a community of asemic writers has become active and visible and, to the extent that I am a part of it at all, my role has evolved to be a kind of advocate for incessant criticality. As a participant in the conversation around asemic writing, I can be counted on to say something similar to “yes, you are right, but…” Yes, you are right, but that is not enough, it is not even particularly important. What is important is to keep moving. Asemic writing works for you? Fantastic. Now move on and do something else.

Jim Leftwich

april 14th, free online event: a lecture by laurie anderson

grazie ad Andrea Raos per la segnalazione:

Exploring the challenges we face as artists and citizens as we reinvent our culture with ambiguity and beauty.

About this Event

Laurie Anderson presents Spending the War Without You: Virtual Backgrounds. The third in a series of six lectures, this talk will consider language, lyrics and the narrator.

About the Speakers

Presented by Laurie Anderson, one of America’s most renowned – and daring – creative pioneers. Known primarily for her multimedia presentations, she has cast herself in roles as varied as visual artist, composer, poet, photographer, filmmaker, electronics whiz, vocalist, and instrumentalist.

Introduced by Suzannah Clark, Director of the Mahindra Humanities Center and Morton B. Knafel Professor of Music at Harvard University, and Matt Saunders, Harris K. Weston Associate Professor of the Humanities in the department of Art, Film, and Visual Studies at Harvard University.

Modertated by Salman Rushdie, the author of fourteen novels, [read more here]

otoliths, issue #60

Issue sixty of OTOLITHS, the southern summer, 2021, is now live. Rounding out fifteen years of the journal, it maintains the eclectic & exciting mix of visuals & text that has graced it since its beginning. Included in this issue are Christian ALLE, Constant Laval Williams, Sanjeev Sethi, Seth Leeper, Kelsey Swancott, hiromi suzuki, DS Maolalai, Louise Landes Levi, Diana Magallón, Jonathan Minton, S. K. Kelen, Lynn Strongin, Arrowsmith Forge, Pete Spence, Kon Μarkοgiannis, Jim Leftwich, Michael Leach, Mark Danowsky, Timothy Pilgrim, John Stickney, Jack Galmitz, Doug Bolling, Michael Sikkema, Kristin Garth, Kyle Hemmings, Joanna Walkden Harris, Pete Spence, Elaine Woo, Craig Cotter, Charles Borkhuis, Mary Kasimor, Kyle Seibel, Vernon Frazer, Judith Skillman, Owen Bullock, Grzegorz Wróblewski, Nathan Whiting, Seth A. Howard, Jeff Crouch, Ian Goodale, Barnaby Smith, Chidambar Navalgund, Shloka Shankar, Jeff Harrison, John M. Bennett, Adam Rousopoulos, J. D. Nelson, Darrell Petska, Karl Kempton, Jenny Enochsson, Jen Schneider, Ryan Scott, Nico Vassilakis, Doug Jones, Olivier Schopfer, Tom Montag, Simon Perchik, Luis Cuauhtémoc Berriozábal, AG Davis, Naomi Buck Palagi, Scott Helmes & Carol Stetser, Tony Beyer, Tom Beckett, Cecelia Chapman, Vera Constantineau, Eric Hoffman, Bruno Neiva, Clara B. Jones, Dave Read, Bob Lucky, gobscure, Harvey Huddleston, Isabel Gómez de Diego, Oormila Vijayakrishnan Prahlad, Richard Kostelanetz, Kathup Tsering, M.J. Iuppa, Penelope Weiss, Joseph Salvatore Aversano, David Lohrey, Lewis LaCook, George Myers, Jr., Nathan Anderson, Jake Sheff, Johannes S. H. Bjerg, Keith Nunes, Jeff Bagato, Kell Nelson, Anna Cates, Elmedin Kadric, Andrew Pascoe, Toby Fitch, Marcia Arrieta, Jim Meirose, Joel Chace, John Levy, Marilyn Stablein, K.S. Ernst & Sheila E. Murphy, Natsuko Hirata, Alan (Chong) Lau, Alberto Vitacchio, Claudia Serea, Steven Fraccaro, Bob Heman, Randee Silv, Valeria Sangiorgi, Mark Pirie, Casey Bush, Carla Bertola, horace p sternwall, Michael Brandonisio, Kirsty Lewin, Eve Rifkah, Paul Pfleuger, Jr., Vassilis Zambaras, Edward Kulemin, Thomas Fink, Maya D. Mason, Zebulon Huset, Robert Knight, Kristian Patruno, Adam Rosenkranz, Peter Yovu, Guy R. Beining, & with a cover photo by Daniel de Culla which incorporates a cover photo of  issue fifty-seven.


2 feb., twentytwenty extended conference: secondo incontro

2 febbraio, dalle ore 18

TwentyTwenty extended conference

Stefano Colangelo (Alma Mater Studiorum – Università di Bologna), Come lavorare sulla poesia di oggi

Simone Grossmann (Bar Ilan University, Ramat Gan), Intuitisme et dialogisme entre les arts dans la poésie de Hédi Bouraoui

Poster: Irene Sabetta (Alatri, Roma), Ombre e trasparenze dai contorni imprevedibili: Gaetano Delli Santi, Franco Falasca


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ignacio gómez de liaño: abandonar la escritura (1968-69)


in “Revue OU: REVUE-DISQUE 34/3”, 1969


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dear swedish academy

Dear Swedish Academy,

Lyn Hejinian, Susan Howe, Rachel Blau DuPlessis, Laura Moriarty, Rae Armantrout, Bernadette Mayer, Rosemarie Waldrop, Alice Notley, and let me add Jorie Graham.
Not to mention Liliane Giraudon, Anne Portugal, Hélène Cixous and (not a poet) Julia Kristeva.

Best regards
Marco Giovenale

il centro di poesia e scritture contemporanee

Centro Poesia Cover_2020

Il Centro di Poesia e Scritture Contemporanee nasce a partire dall’esperienza del corso Verso dove? – Orientarsi nella poesia contemporanea”, tenuto nella prima edizione a febbraio-giugno 2018, riproposto nella programmazione novembre 2018-maggio 2019, e poi novembre 2019-luglio 2020; da un’idea di Valerio Massaroni e Marco Giovenale, docente e coordinatore del corso, con il coinvolgimento di molti autori invitati come studiosi e critici.

L’obiettivo del Centro è quello di valorizzare la ricchezza della poesia e delle scritture contemporanee, con un’attenzione particolare a esperienze e percorsi recentissimi, sperimentali e non.


Tra i docenti invitati a tenere lezioni o interventi al corso:
Damiano Abeni, Brunella Antomarini, Cecilia Bello Minciacchi, Emanuele Bevilacqua, Maria Borio, Franco Buffoni, Maria Grazia Calandrone, Benedetta Cascella, Claudia Crocco, Giuseppe D’Acunto, Elisa Donzelli, Giuseppe Garrera, Maria Cristina Giorcelli, Paolo Giovannetti, Marco Giovenale, Andrea Inglese, Federico Italiano, Luigi Magno, Guido Mazzoni, Massimiliano Manganelli, Valerio Massaroni, Camilla Miglio, Rossella Or, Tommaso Ottonieri, Giorgio Patrizi, Andrea Pitozzi, Gilda Policastro, Lidia Riviello, Luigi Severi, Gianluigi Simonetti, Valentina Tanni, Stefano Tedeschi. E i curatori della raccolta di saggi Sistema periodico. Il secolo interminabile delle riviste (Pendragon, 2018): Eleonora Fuochi, Francesco Bortolotto, Davide Antonio Paone e Federica Parodi.

Alcuni autori invitati a leggere:
Damiano Abeni, Antonella Anedda, Cristina Annino, Nanni Balestrini, Carlo Bordini, Stefano Dal Bianco, Biancamaria Frabotta, Giovanna Frene, Federico Italiano, Fabrizio Lombardo, Vittoriano Masciullo, Vincenzo Ostuni, Laura Pugno, Sergio Rotino, Sara Ventroni, Michele Zaffarano. E gli autori del XIV Quaderno di poesia (Marcos y Marcos).

Alcuni editori:
Arcipelago Itaca, Aragno, Donzelli, Empiria, IkonaLíber, Tic.

>>> Il Centro è costantemente attivo in rete, e prevede novità per i prossimi mesi, sia che la situazione d’emergenza legata alla pandemia continui, sia che – sperabilmente – venga ad attenuarsi. Il Corso di poesia e scritture contemporanee riprenderà, ragionevolmente, tra la fine dell’anno e l’inizio del 2021 <<<

Marco Giovenale e Valerio Massaroni