poetry and updates from matt martin
my review of Jennifer Pike Cobbing‘s concrete poetry collection Computer Dances is in vol. 8 of the online poetry review journal Hix Eros.
on sunday 15th april i’m participating in the Collusion Microfestival, a night of experimental poetry, music and discussion. the evening will also feature the bands Leika, GROK (t.b.c.) and ALSO; Wayne Clements and Jonathan Mann performing their collaboration ‘Statutory Instruments’; and poetry from Peter Philpott. more acts may yet be confirmed. the event will run 6:30pm – 11pm at Grow, 98c main yard, wallis road, hackney wick, london e9 5ln.
i’m making available here for download my poster poem wave equations. thanks are due to canadian ecopoetics journal The Goose, where this piece was first published (volume 15 issue 1, september 2016); the present version is amended to fix some layout issues and to resize the text for more effective display as a poster. the poem is a visual and verbal seascape formed out of kennings (periphrastic descriptions used in norse poetry to foreground particular aspects of a phenomenon). all the kennings in wave equations represent waves on the sea. for display, print the poem double-sided in colour on white a3 card.
on tuesday 27th february there’s a launch event for the complete edition of David Miller‘s major prose poem sequence Spiritual Letters. this is part of Contraband Live, a reading series organised by Contraband Books. there’s live music from keyboardist Steve Torrance, violinist/soprano April Fredrick and David himself on clarinet, while David, April and i read from the book. plus more poetry and performance from Fran Lock, Gavin Selerie and Karen Sandhu, all brilliant writers. there’s also an open mic session – please bring some of your own poetry if you’d like to register to read for a couple of minutes in one of the limited number of slots. free entry. doors 7pm, readings from 7:30pm. it’s upstairs at The Crown Tavern, 43 clerkenwell green, london ec1r 0eg. nearest station is farringdon.
on saturday 11th november 2017 i’m giving a short performance at the Small Publishers Fair, an annual celebration of books by contemporary artists, poets, writers and book designers. this will take place at Conway Hall, red lion square, bloomsbury, london wc1r 4rl. Iris Colomb, Aimee Le and i are performing 2:30pm – 3pm in the Green Room behind the hall’s main stage. the afternoon will also feature readings by other writers affiliated with Poetic Practice at Royal Holloway University of London, including Calum Hazell, Libby Norman, Mischa Foster Poole, Emma Mackilligan, Alex Marsh, Sarah Dawson, Tiffany Charrington, Alison Gibb, Tom Crompton, Karen Sandhu, JD Howse and Astra Papachristodoulou. there will be many other readings and events throughout the two days of the fair (10th and 11th november). some of my work will be available from the Poetic Practice stall in the main hall on both days.
on saturday 8th july 2017 i’m the featured reader at Writers Forum Workshop – New Series, a regular meeting where poets can share experimental work. i’ll present an extended reading and give a q&a about my poetry. the venue is The Barley Mow pub, 127 curtain road, london ec2a 3bx (near old street and shoreditch high street stations), 4-6pm. free entry.
my long poem gestetner is in For Robert, an anthology of poetry, essays and memories dedicated to Robert Hampson. published by Electric Crinolines Editions, the collection celebrates this terrific poet, astute scholar and inspirational teacher on the occasion of his retirement from Royal Holloway, University of London.
my long prose poem the dulwich horror is in issue 5 of the magazine Purge. the issue is subtitled Badge of Shame and was conceived as a response to u.k. home secretary Amber Rudd’s noxious suggestion (at the conservative party conference, october 2016) that businesses should be obliged to publish and to be shamed for the proportion of non-u.k. nationals that they employ in britain. the government substantially scaled back the proposal after a public outcry, but since then there has been a continuing epidemic of isolationist rhetoric in the country – a situation in grave need of poetic intervention. this issue also features excellent work by Frances Presley, Harry Gilonis, Robert Hampson, Ken Edwards, Robert Sheppard, Gavin Selerie, Nat Raha and Jeff Hilson. the magazine doesn’t have a website and the print run is limited, but if you would like a copy, please drop me a line at eocenepress[at]gmail[dot]com and i’ll see what i can do.
eleven prose poems from my sequence outlawry are now online at 3am Magazine.
on friday 21st april 2017 i’m presenting the paper After Reading ‘Not Reading ‘After”: Tony Lopez and the Ethics of Holocaust Poetry as part of Violence, Cruelty, Avant-Garde, a one-day conference at the University of Sussex. from the conference website:
This conference will consider the historical association between violence and the avant- garde, looking in particular at the Modernist moment in Europe and its legacy. We are especially interested in how this historical association intersects with and is problematised by contemporary discourses around sexual, gendered and racialised violence and the deployment of narratives of terror for political purposes… Crucially, we will be asking questions about the historical configurations of violence and the avant-garde that are pertinent to our increasingly violent present. How are different forms of violence and cruelty addressed by the Modernist avant-garde? How has the avant-garde’s engagement with violence changed in the wake of Modernism? How can we understand violence as an avant-garde strategy that has been adopted by both right-wing and left-wing writers? In what ways can cultural avant-gardes contest systemic forms of violence such as capitalism, sexism, racism and colonialism? What would an avant-garde of empathy or compassion as opposed to cruelty look like?
my own paper is on the panel Beyond Violence, also featuring Sophie Seita and Eleanor Careless. other panels have papers by Laurel Uziell, Verity Spott, Kris Beaghton, Tom Allen and Simon Tilbury, and there are keynote speeches by Sarah Hayden and David Marriott. the conference runs 9:30am to 5pm in room Fulton G15, University of Sussex, falmer, brighton bn1 9rh.