Those of you who attended Micheal Basinski’s performance here in the fall of 2015 will realise how honoured we feel that The Poetry Collection, Capen Hall, University at Buffalo, has mounted a sizable part of our Cid Corman collection, which will remain open until 18 January 2017. For those who have not visited the Poetry Collection, and who have time to spend a day in Buffalo, below are a few extracts from the Collection’s website. If considering a day trip, the Knox-Albright gallery is not far away.
The Poetry Collection is only twenty minutes from the border if you take the Lewiston Bridge. Please contact us if you want guidance for a simple route.
When the Poetry Collection began in 1937, its original mission was to collect first editions of poetry written in English and English translation published since 1900. Today, the collection houses over 140,000 titles of Anglophone poetry including 6,600 broadsides as well as an extensive selection of little magazines, anthologies, criticism, reference books, ephemera and audio recordings, making it the largest poetry library of its kind in North America.
Throughout the 20th century, “little magazines”—magazines usually noncommercial in nature and often committed to certain literary ideals—have been a primary organ for the dissemination of poetry and for the formation of literary communities across the aesthetic and political spectra.
The Poetry Collection maintains a comprehensive selection of over 9,000 titles of past and current little magazines, literary journals, university reviews, newspapers and other poetry periodicals, and is particularly strong in its holdings of independent publications.
Soon after establishing the Poetry Collection, Charles Abbott made a concerted effort to begin collecting the working manuscripts and letters of contemporary poets, soliciting donations from hundreds of writers such as Ezra Pound, Marianne Moore and Wallace Stevens and establishing a tradition of acquiring others. These form the foundation of the Contemporary Manuscripts Collection, which contains tens of thousands of pages of manuscripts and correspondence from hundreds of American, British, Irish, Canadian and Australian authors. Additionally, there are more than 150 named collections, including the world’s largest and most distinguished archive of James Joyce manuscripts as well as major selections of papers from Robert Graves, Theodore Enslin, Robert Duncan, John Logan, Helen Adam, John Montague, Clark Coolidge, Michael Palmer, William Carlos Williams, Basil Bunting, Dylan Thomas, Jonathan Williams and Wyndham Lewis. The collection also holds the archives of several important small presses and magazines.
Also featured in the Poetry Collection are the personal libraries of writers such as Helen Adam, Basil Bunting, Robert Duncan, James Joyce and John Logan; artworks by Constantin Brancusi, Jess (Collins), Wyndham Lewis, E. E. Cummings and many others; and substantial collections of mail art, visual and concrete poetry, photographs and zines.
Friends of Vocamus Press is holding our 1st Annual Writers’ Getaway on Saturday, October 22. It’s your chance to get away with other writers for a day to focus on your work.
100 Thousand Poets for Change
24 September 2016
This event, originally created by Michael Rothenberg, “ . . . as a demonstration / celebration to promote peace, sustainability and justice . . .and to call for serious social, environmental and political change,”
will take place simultaneously with hundreds of other sites throughout the world. Last year there were seven hundred sites.
This is our fourth year, and we have decided to ask three speakers, Greg Smith-Young, Peter Scott and Morvern McNie to give us their views in poetry and prose. A short period after they have all spoken will be open for discussion.
As the event is billed for artists as well as poets, we are inviting visual artists to bring with them an item which
they feel is in keeping with the above context. A written explanation should accompany each work.
During the afternoon Nick Kosonic will entertain us with his Solfeggio scale steel drum and Hang/Hung drum. We look forward to some new sounds!
The usual finger food and wine will follow the speakers, providing us all an opportunity to continue a discussion or meet new people.
Looking forward to seeing you all!
Elora Poetry Centre
THE ELORA POETRY CENTRE is holding a special reading by the Montreal poet Asa Boxer, from his new chapbook Etymologies, on 30 July, 2016 at 4.00 p.m. Asa has read at the Elora Centre for the Arts and the Elora Poetry Centre on several occasions and so we are delighted to have him back once more. His reading will be followed by another friend, Abigail Lapell, a singer-songwriter who has been here with the Fish Quill poets in the past.
25 June 2016
1.00 pm. ENVIRONMENTAL SCULPTURE DAY
(Artists are welcome to visit the site beforehand to select a space. Please call (519) 846-2551 prior to June 25)
1.00-3.00 pm. Chapbook Signing: Jerry Prager “Echoes In the Timbers”
5.00 pm. ROBERT PRIEST—Spoken Word poet—author of twenty books of poetry and prose, and three spoken word recordings. He is considered to be a mainstay of the spoken word circuit in Canada and all over the world.
7.00 pm. Mingle to enjoy finger food and wine
25 June 2016
1.00 ENVIRONMENTAL SCULPTURE DAY
(artists are welcome to visit the site beforehand to select a space. Please call (519) 846-2551 beforehand)
Chap-book Signing: Jerry Prager “Echoes In the Timbers”
19-22 May 2016
We welcome participants in the Elora en Plein Air– Grand River Painting Festival!
The theme of the day was WATER, linked with Nestle’s plan to bottle water from the aquifer on Middlebrook Road, former Pilkington Township.
Michael Basinski, Curator of the Poetry Collection at the State University of New York at Buffalo, shared his knowledge and poetry, reading from various works, some of which “contained water in one form or another.” Some of the poetry was from script; some unconventional, not to be read at home while sipping a Manhattan, which is to say he performed poetry and provided information about the Poetry Collection via dazzling improvisation! (Our website features a photograph of Michael’s intricately rendered “Something Watur Poem” by which he entered into his spontaneous performance.) Micheal performs his work as a solo poet and in ensemble with BuffFluxus and the Don Metz Experience. Among his recent books of poetry are Piglittuce (Propolis Press – 2013), Learning Poem About Learning About Being A Poet (Press Board Press – 2012) and Trailers (BlazeVox – 2011). Recent visual opems (yes, opems) located in: http://www.wordforword.info
Also, on the subject of water, we were delighted to have Georgia Simms, dance artist, choreographer, and facilitator specialist who is passionate about “doing democracy and governance differently.” She is actively experimenting with arts-based approaches to civic engagement, and seeks to creatively animate learning processes with experiences that are physical, emotional, and energetic. Her site-specific choreography, inspired by a strong desire to raise awareness about protecting water, has been presented in Downtown Guelph around the St. George’s fountain and in the water feature in Market Square. Glass of water in hand, Georgia gave a stunning performance on the veranda of our stone house.
We then moved down to Beaver House where Morvern McNie and Jerry Prager engaged their audience with recently created poems also on the subject of water.
After the readings and performance we offered the usual finger-food supper and wine so that guests could speak to the artists and each other, while enjoying a beautiful fall evening. No bottled water was to be had.