Thursday 2 November 2023

A True Account

A True Account, a book of poems, recently came out from The 87 Press, with cover art by the great Candace Hill-Montgomery. Here's the write-up:
A True Account collects works written between 2013 and 2020, published by a variety of small presses in the UK and the US. Here are variously refracted the student movement, austerity, general election, referendum, the crisis of 2020 or 2019 or any year you care to name; the Massacre of the Innocents, the housing question, the October Revolution in November; Sappho, Mingus, Storm Ophelia; Rukeyser, Rilke, Rodefer; the aesthetics of resistance, the insistence of history: luxury and voluptuousness, peace and pleasure, beauty and order, the questions that still remain unanswered and the problems that remain unsolved. “Wanting poetry to save my life, to shame my life, as LONG as the WORLD is WIDE, and as WIDE as the WORLD is LONG.”

“Lyrically gorgeous and real poetry. This book is a bright spot in a bleak time.” - Peter Gizzi 
You can get the book here, and I'll be launching the book in person in London at Cafe Oto on December 8th.

--Also out, a cassette release of me reading my 2014 long poem The Problem, The Questions, The Poem on Ben Hall's cassette label Ornette Coleman Fiend Club--available here

--Jazz poetry primer in The Wire.

--On Christian Wolff in Artforum. This piece came out just days before the disgraceful firing of AF's editor David Velasco over the publication of the 'Open Letter from the Art Community to Cultural Organizations' against the ongoing mass murder in Gaza, and the subsequent resignation of Zack Hatfield and Chloe Wyma, whose editorial guidance over the pieces I've published in Artforum over the past few years has been exemplary. An open letter of October 27th, criticizing the actions of AF's owners, Penske Media Corporation, can be found and signed here.


Meanwhile, in person, for those of you in or around Berlin, I'll be giving two talks in December, both at the Freie Universität: on Monday, December 4th I'll be giving a lecture on Amiri Baraka and the Advanced Workers (details here), and then the following Tuesday, 12th December, I'll be giving a seminar on my current project on free jazz, Survival Music (Room 319, John F Kennedy Institut for American Studies, Lansstraße 7-9, 14195 Berlin, 2pm-4pm). And this month, at the kind invitation of Dimitra Ioannou, I'll be giving a talk at the A Glimpse of Festival, critical institute for Arts and Politics, Politechniou 8, 104 33 Athens, Greece, on the weekend of November 25th/26th.