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Sunday, April 23, 2017

Ship of Fools press Exhibition: Mesopotamia


Some pages from Mesopotamia, 1987. Due for re-publication. (Text is part of Twentieth Century Blues and also in History or Sleep.)


Mesopotamia was written in 1985 and first published with images, the photocopymontages of Patrica Farrell, one of our many Ship of Fools collaborative publications. The text used found images and my great uncle’s contact prints from the First World War that were too faint for Patricia to collage into her images, but other photographs were used (we shared some, but not all) for both image and text, but they possess a relative autonomy in the final product. The prose text, though, is extremely collaged:

One step backwards, and you’re gone, waking to a dream of dawn, over which wild cat’s eyes, carved into the arm of the chair, close her head. She turns away to reveal a veined neck, set between the cool brass. No, that was somebody trying to locate the morning – my chest covered with flies – a history of sensation on the streets. You’re here because that same courtyard, or so I fancied, was the studied flight of stairs until I can take only one sentence at a time. The peep show stilled at the word halting.






Visit the hub post to take you to all the posts concerning the Ship of Fools exhibition here

A print made by Patricia re-using some of the images and words from the booklet.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Ship of Fools press Exhibition Edge Hill 2017: Hub post (links) and Introduction

Rack showing some pamphlets
Over the next few weeks I'm going to post photos, some good quality, some less so, all OK, to give you an idea of what the Ship of Fools exhibition at Edge Hill University as part of the Sheppard Symposium (see here for more on that) was like. This shall also serve as a hub post to the other posts and operate as a list of Ship of Fools publications. (See here.)

Patricia Farrell and I are currently assembling a book that celebrates what we have done and what we have achieved. See the descriptive text (also below). The exhibition threw up quite a few publications we'd forgotten about, like the 'Links In Ink' glimpsed in the second photo below. (The exhibition included a few publications that we didn't publish ourselves, like Patricia's Four Musicians of Bremen which you can also see below.)

Other posts are:

Two earlier announcements for the exhibition whilst it was still showing here and here.
On 'Mesopotamia': here.

and more to follow approx every two days...

One of the glass cases

Rack: Inks in Ink  one of the indexes to Twentieth Century Blues (one of many ephemeral publications from Ship of Fools that never reached a catalogue)


Introductory text to the exhibition

We loved having to have this!

Monday, April 17, 2017

Patricia Farrell and others at Gramophone Raygun Thursday 27th April

Gramophone Raygun number 6

A night of experimental poetry and sonic art with performances from Mark Leahy/Benjamin D. Duvall,
Patricia Farrell and James Davies.

Thursday, April 27 at 8 PM – 11 PM

Everyman Bistro, Liverpool

Friday, April 14, 2017

Reading at the Sheppard Symposium: Patricia Farrell



Here is the last available video from the Sheppard Symposium evening reading. It’s Patricia Farrell reading explosive new (and rude) works! (She should be reading more of these sonnets at Gramophone Raygun soon). See a hub links to celebrations of Patricia's work and more of the work itself: here.



SOON more of Patricia reading in Liverpool:

Gramophone Raygun number 6
A night of experimental poetry and sonic art with performances from Mark Leahy/Benjamin D. Duvall, Patricia Farrell and James Davies.
Thursday, April 27 at 8 PM – 11 PM
Everyman Bistro, Liverpool



My own reading from ‘Break Out’ and the work in progress ‘Hap: Understudies of Thomas Wyatt’s Petrarch’ may be viewed here: 


and here:


Links to all the other readings from that evening may be read at the second of those links too.

Read about the Sheppard Symposium itself here:

Unfortunately, readings by Allen Fisher and Steve Boyland/Jo Blowers didn't record well. Video messages from Ian McMillan, Charles Bernstein and Chris McCabe were also played. Only one is currently available: here's a link to Charles' message about 'aesthetic justice' recorded in Liverpool after the Storm and Golden Sky reading in September 2017:  https://media.sas.upenn.edu/app/public/watch.php?file_id=210403

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Reading at the Sheppard Symposium: Scott Thurston



Here is another video from the Sheppard Symposium evening reading. It’s Scott Thurston, I n part picking up on the slowest collaboration in history, our 'Turns'. By offering a new part he is inviting me in some future year to respond! Enjoy it now! It's great!




My own reading from ‘Break Out’ and the work in progress ‘Hap: Understudies of Thomas Wyatt’s Petrarch’ may be viewed here: 


and here:


Links to all the other readings from that evening may be read at the second of those links too.

Read about the Sheppard Symposium itself here:


 

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Reading at the Sheppard Symposium: Natasha Borton (with Rhys Trimble)

Here is another video from the Sheppard Symposium evening reading. It’s Natasha Borton reading her own work, and a collaboration with Rhys Trimble that involved fragments of the afternoon's procedures.
 


My own reading from ‘Break Out’ and the work in progress ‘Hap: Understudies of Thomas Wyatt’s Petrarch’ may be viewed here: 


and here:


Links to all the other readings from that evening may be read at the second of those links too.

Read about the Sheppard Symposium itself here:

 

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Reading at the Sheppard Symposium: Antony Rowland

Here is another video from the Sheppard Symposium evening reading. It’s Antony reading his shaped concrete prose (on the screen at the back) and a poem about pies and Sheffield station (a scenario half-derived from Larkin and half from Real Life!).




My own reading from ‘Break Out’ and the work in progress ‘Hap: Understudies of Thomas Wyatt’s Petrarch’ may be viewed here: 


and here:


Links to all the other readings from that evening may be read at the second of those links too.

Read about the Sheppard Symposium itself here: