Poet Peter Gizzi will visit Yale University on November 5th and 6th. On the evening of Thursday, the 5th, Gizzi will read in the Graduate Poets Reading Series; on the afternoon of Friday, November 6th, he will meet with the Working Group in Contemporary Poetry. Details of both event follow. Peter Gizzi is one of the most talented experimental lyric poets of his generation. His books include The Outernationale, Some Values of Landscape and Weather, Artificial Heart, and Periplum and other poems 1987-92. His many honors include the Lavan Younger Poet Award from the Academy of American Poets and a Guggenheim Fellowship. He is also the editor of The House That Jack Built: The Collected Lectures of Jack Spicer and, with Kevin Killian, of My Vocabulary Did This To Me: The Collected Poetry of Jack Spicer. Currently he teaches at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Gizzi’s Reading: Grad Poets Reading Series, 7:00 pm, Thursday, November 5th, Linsly-Chittenden Rm. 317. Books will be available to purchase, courtesy of the Yale University Bookstore. This event has been generously sponsored by the Yale Graduate and Professional Student Senate, the Dean’s Fund and the Yale Review.
WGCP Meeting with Peter Gizzi: 3 pm, Friday, November 6th, Whitney Humanities Center Rm 116. The group will discuss The Outernational and additional readings (http://wgcp.wordpress.com/2009/10/17/gizzi-outernational), focusing on the questions outlined here: http://mailman.yale.edu/pipermail/wgcp-whc/2009-October/000229.html.
The Beinecke Library is pleased to announce the publication of Flare, the culminating project of the 2007–2008 collaborative Artist and Poet in Residence Program sponsored by the Yale University Art Gallery & Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University.
The book includes new poems by Cole Swensen and new prints by Thomas Nozkowski. The poet and illustrator visited Yale together on several occasions to work on this project, influencing one another’s artistic process and the completed work; the book reflects the makers’ creative conversation and collaboration. Original prints from Flare are currently on view in the exhibition Continuous Present at the Yale University Art Gallery.
Flare can be ordered from Yale University Press: http://yalepress.yale.edu/yupbooks/book.asp?isbn=9780300162400.
Thomas Nozkowski currently lives and works in New York. Cole Swensen is the author of over ten poetry collections and as many translations of works from the French.
Some New Poems by Rudyard Kipling
By Thomas Pinney, current Beinecke Visiting Fellow
Monday, October 26, 2009, 3:00 pm
Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, 121 Wall Street, Room 38
Free and open to the public
Mr. Pinney will read a selection of poems by Rudyard Kipling that have never been published, or, if published, never collected; he will provide an informal commentary on each poem.
Mr. Pinney received his PhD in English from Yale in 1960 and taught here for a year before going to Pomona College, Claremont, California, where he taught for the next 35 years. He is now retired and has returned to Yale on a Beinecke Visiting Fellowship for the month of October to work on a complete edition of the poems of Rudyard Kipling.
In 2008, the Beinecke Library acquired a copy of Monkeys’ Moon, one of several short films made by Pool Productions, a film company made up of the poet H.D. (Hilda Doolittle), and writers Kenneth Macpherson and Bryher (Winifred Ellerman). Though production stills of the film were known, the film itself was thought to be lost. Eighty years after it was made, this six minute film has been fully restored and digitized; it is now available for the first time to a global, far-reaching audience from the Beinecke Library website: Monkeys’ Moon and Pool Films. The film was recently featured in Art Forum: “Lost and Found: Kenneth Macpherson’s Monkey’s Moon,” by Richard Deming, and screened at the 2009 Telluride Film Festival and Pordenone Silent Film Festival.
Pool Films resulted from the creative collaboration of writers Kenneth Macpherson and Bryher (Annie Winifred Ellerman) and Imagist poet H. D. (Hilda Doolittle). Funded by Bryher’s inheritance from a vast family fortune, their projects were fueled by the principals’ interest in film and artistic experimentation. The three were invested in developing a context in which the young medium of film might be viewed as a fine art as well as interact with other verbal and visual art forms. The Pool Films productions, which were directed by Macpherson and often featured H. D. and Bryher as actors, experimented with narrative forms and explored the use of dramatic lighting and effects such as montage to represent emotional and psychological states. Pool Films made several short films—Monkeys’ Moon, Foot Hills and Wing Beat—using montage, double or triple exposure, and other experimental techniques to represent interior experiences and impressions.
The only full-length feature film produced by Pool Films, Borderline, was written and directed by Kenneth Macpherson; actors included Macpherson, H.D., and Bryher along with other friends. The only professional actor in the film was Paul Robeson. The film explores issues of race, class, sexuality, and gender in what H. D. referred to as “[a] particular borderline town of some indefinite mid-European mountain district.” Of the characters in the film, the poet writes: “they are borderline social cases, not out of life, not in life….” Macpherson attempts in Borderline to explore a visual representation of various conscious and unconscious mental processes and extreme psychological states, reflecting the group’s abiding interest in psychoanalysis and the possibilities it might represent for experimental artistic expression. In addition to making films, the collaborators also published Close Up, which they described as “the first periodical to approach film from any angle but the commonplace,” Close Up was, indeed, the first journal devoted to the discussion of film as a fine art. Close Up was published from 1927–33. Working with writers and filmmakers in many European cities, Close Up was international in scope, including reviews of a wide range of films and an ongoing critical discussion by writers such as Gertrude Stein, Upton Sinclair, Marianne Moore, Nancy Cunard, Sergei Eisenstein, and other key figures in Modernist literature.
Related Collections: H.D. Papers (YCAL MSS 24 ; digital collection); Bryher Papers (Gen Mss 97); Close-Up Photographs; Norman Douglas Collection (Gen MSS 88); Viola Baxter Jordan Papers (YCAL MSS 175); others related materials can be found by searching the Library’s Finding Aid Database and Orbis, the Library’s catalog for books and printed materials. Images from the collections are available through the Beinecke’s Digital Library.
Images: Monkeys’ Moon Film Stills; Kenneth Macpherson on the set of Borderline.
Cole Swensen, Poetry Reading
Thursday, October 8, 12:20 p.m.
Yale University Art Gallery
1111 Chapel Street
In conjunction with the exhibition
Cole Swensen’s numerous books include, Flare, a collaboration with artist Thomas Nozkowski, published this year you YUAG and Beinecke Library; Goest; Such Rich Hour ; Noon, winner of the New American Poetry Series Award; New Math, winner of the National Poetry Series competition. She has translated the work of French poets including Olivier Cadiot, Pierre Alferi, Jean Tortel, and others. Cole Swensen currently teaches at the University of Iowa.
The YUAG exhibition Continuous Present is on view October 6, 2009–January 10, 2010. Continuous Present features a selection of work by 11 of today’s most compelling contemporary artists working in a broad array of media, including film, video, photography, painting, and sculpture. The artists chosen for the show—Francis Alÿs, Peter Fischli and David Weiss, Rodney Graham, Roni Horn, On Kawara, Thomas Nozkowski, Gabriel Orozco, Laura Owens, Dieter Roth, and Franz West—share a keen interest in time and sensory perception despite the aesthetic diversity of their practices. Their work reveals the capacity for art to profoundly reposition our physical and intellectual engagement with the world around us as they invite us to experience the “continuous present.” Exhibition organized by Jennifer Gross, the Seymour H. Knox, Jr., Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Yale University Art Gallery. Made possible by the Janet and Simeon Braguin Fund, with additional support provided by the Carol and Sol LeWitt Fund and Allen Grover Fund for Contemporary Art. More information can be found here: Continuous Present.