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Felix Bernstein: Breakfast at Tiffany’s; Dinner at Goldsmith’s

Breakfast at Tiffany’s; Dinner at Goldsmith’s: On Daniel’s Canon and Kenneth’s Memes by Felix Bernstein In his article Cheap Signaling, professor Daniel Tiffany argues that there is something new amongst a freshly grouped constellation of poets. That something new (to be brief: culture jamming) is not far from what I have written about in my...
Joey Yearous-Algozin on Trisha Low: The Compleat Purge

Joey Yearous-Algozin on Trisha Low: The Compleat Purge

“After all: the ‘I’ is not to be expelled, but submitted to sacrifice.” —Nick Land, The Thirst for Annihilation: Georges Bataille and Virulent Nihilism In the current saturation of social media in which our daily confessions constitute only the generic projection of a self, The Compleat Purge (Kenning Editions, 2013) may mark the death of...
Toby Altman: Paragraphs on Lyric Poetry

Toby Altman: Paragraphs on Lyric Poetry

I will refer to the kind of writing in which I am involved as lyric poetry. In lyric poetry the idea or concept is the most important aspect of the work. When an author uses a lyric form of writing, it means that all of the planning and decisions are made beforehand and the execution...
Kathryn Mockler: On Printing Out the Internet

Kathryn Mockler: On Printing Out the Internet

by Kathryn Mockler  “…capitalism has a knack for devouring and absorbing everything in its path—including any critique of capitalism.” (from Notes on Conceptualisms) When I taught an experimental writing course to undergraduates this past winter my students and I were most surprised to discover, through some of the class exercises, the extent to which we...
Abstract/Concrete #3 - Natalie Czech

Abstract/Concrete #3 – Natalie Czech

I’ve written in several places about erasure texts (most recently in the latest issue of Evening will come) as typified by Jen Bervin’s nets. Berlin’s Natalie Czech creates uncanny limit-case poems that point to the end of erasure texts, each piece a seemingly impossible conjuring of texts within texts. Czech’s Je n’ai rien à dire....
Version Anglaise: Candice Maddy in Conversation with Steve Giasson

Version Anglaise: Candice Maddy in Conversation with Steve Giasson

  1. Matérialité : Comment pensez-vous que la permanence ou l’impermanence de votre travail éclaire son sujet? Vous sentez-vous que vos œuvres moins tangibles ou de nature moins permanente vous permettent de prendre plus de risques? Éprouvez-vous de la nostalgie envers l’imprimé? Each work has its own issues, but materiality is always one.Take LOVE FROM NEW...
Vanessa Place: The Allegory and the Archive

Vanessa Place: The Allegory and the Archive

The Allegory and the Archive/ Vanessa Place But I must constantly repeat that I say all this in connection with repetition. Kierkegaard Je ne suis point la justice. PlaceWith luck, I ended yesterday on guilt and shame; now that you are in a proper frame of mind, we will consider—thankfully more briefly—allegory and the archive,...

Abstract/Concrete #2 — Cecilie Bjørgås Jordheim

by derek beaulieu I first encountered Cecilie Bjørgås Jordheim in Oslo in 2010 after brief discussions online. She had been in the audience for a series of talks by Kenneth Goldsmith the year before and their correspondence lead to Cecilie and I deciding that her work would be featured as part of the Visual Poetry...
The Artist Is Present: J. Mae Barizo on Marina Abramović

The Artist Is Present: J. Mae Barizo on Marina Abramović

By Melissa Bull I met J. Mae in St. Petersburg, Russia, in 2007. We were both enrolled in writing classes with Summer Literary Seminars. J. Mae’s poetry workshop was in the classroom beside my fiction workshop, and we invariably arrived bleary-eyed to school each day, clutching our plastic cups of bitter koffe, nodding to one...
Sol Lewitt: Sentences on Conceptual Art

Sol Lewitt: Sentences on Conceptual Art

Conceptual artists are mystics rather than rationalists. They leap to conclusions that logic cannot reach. Rational judgements repeat rational judgements. Irrational judgements lead to new experience. Formal art is essentially rational. Irrational thoughts should be followed absolutely and logically. If the artist changes his mind midway through the execution of the piece he compromises the...

Between Page & Screen

You’ve never seen any book like this. I promise. The extremely talented Amaranth Borsuk has really re-imagined the book here. Follow her on Twitter. ‏@amaranthborsuk  
Candice Maddy en conversation avec / with Steve Giasson

Candice Maddy en conversation avec / with Steve Giasson

J’aurais envie de répondre comme Warhol : « ...I realized that everything I was doing must have been Death. » La mort m’obsède, mais je ne peux pas dire qu’elle « m’intéresse ». J’aime cette histoire de Freud qui raconte qu’il y a longtemps, un roi britannique, atterré par la mort de sa femme,...
Writing As Performance: An Interview with Chris Kraus

Writing As Performance: An Interview with Chris Kraus

Writer, filmmaker, and professor of film, Chris Kraus’ books include I Love Dick, Aliens & Anorexia, and Torpor. Her films include Gravity & Grace, How to Shoot a Crime, and The Golden Bowl, or, Repression. Kraus is the author of two books of art essays, and a frequent contributor to Artforum and Art in America....
Lucy Lippard: Conceptualism, Feminism, Activism

Lucy Lippard: Conceptualism, Feminism, Activism

Lucy R. Lippard from Artforum on Vimeo.
Vanessa Place: Two Rounds of Conversation

Vanessa Place: Two Rounds of Conversation

I first heard of Vanessa Place and Les Figues in a cab going from JFK to midtown. I was with fellow poet Christan Bok who had much to say about Place, the press, and the upcoming n/oulipo publication (a compendium of the noulipo conference). Then I saw the novel and was smitten. You’ll find a...

Making Art from Art

Making art from art has never been more exciting. Or, perhaps we just have so much to work with. And it seems to me that what conceptual art/writing does best is help us take scale into account. Such as we can take scale into account. Is this a non-lyric gesture? I would argue no, not...

1 Second a Day

1 Second Everyday – Age 30 from Cesar Kuriyama on Vimeo. Fabulous. I love this video.When I teach introduction to poetry I assign my students the task of writing one couplet a day. It sounds easy. It isn’t. They want to write poems. They want to write a complete thing. A couplet, I argue, is...

Zizek: Catastrophic But Not Serious

Can’t put the entire talk here. You need to click on “watch full program” below. Slavoj Zizek: Catastrophic But Not Serious from The Graduate Center, CUNY on FORA.tv

Geometry of Circles

Vanessa Place launches

I’ll drown my book

Kristin Prevallet reads Lisa Robertson & Stacy Doris

This was one of the most moving and dynamic readings. Like Julie Patton, Prevallet used the whole room, up into the balcony and down and around the room, shouting out the Robertson and Doris’ poem “The Feast,” which begins “All honour to the anal cavity” and ends “Oh, and thank you for your virginity…” and...

Giovanni Singleton

Caged Bird

Dodie Bellamy reads Kathy Acker

Highlights from Les Figues I’ll Drown My Book

Julie Patton does Marcella Durand’s Pastoral. Pastoral leaf and leaf and leaf and leaf and leaf and branch and leaf and leaf and leaf and leaf and leaf and postcard of greenish sunset and leaf and leaf and leaf and bag and twig and leaf and bee and leaf and leaf and branch and leaf...

Christian Marclay, Telephone