University of Arizona Poetry Center- May 5, 2012 This Week at the Poetry Center
Come encounter several dynamic exhibitions now on display at the Poetry Center, all of which are in dialogue with our upcoming symposium, Poetry Off the Page:
ARTISTEXTS: internationally renowned author, book artist, and visual theorist Johanna Drucker has selected more than 20 artist books created in a deliberate dialogue between design and writing.
Between Page and Screen, produced by Amaranth Borsuk in collaboration with programmer Brad Bouse, contains no text, only black and white geometric shapes. A web interface allows the reader to display the book in front of a webcam. Doing so releases the text, which leaps off the page and into three-dimensional space.
“Pillowtalk (Covers): a Sonic Insomnia,” by Christine Hume, invites us to to lie our heads on pillows imbedded with speakers playing original sonic versions of the work from Hume’s book of poems Shot.
Jeff Clark’s “Ruins” is comprised of silkscreens in metallic silver of a photograph of the artist’s daughter over the signatures of a book. These posters signify the artist’s relationship to poetry, fatherhood, design, community activism, and more.
Danielle Vogel’s “Narrative Nests” is comprised of textile scroll-works and ceramic book artifacts that have been exhibited in galleries across the country. This exhibit features ceramic swallow nests, pods, and hives in which “failed” excerpts from her manuscripts-in-progress will be homaged.
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Poet and scholar Amaranth Borsuk’s work focuses on textual materiality–from the surface of the page to the surface of language. In this Q&A with Borsuk, intern Taylor Holdaway asks the poet about the substance, experience, and process behind her interactive book Between Page and Screen.
voca keeps growing! Each week we add more readings from our long-running reading series. New this week: Rosa Alcalá and Lila Zemborain discuss poetry and translation in a colloquium (2009). Also: readings by Luci Tapahonso (2011) and both a reading and a colloquium with David Mura (2004).
Coming Up at the Poetry Center
Poetry Off the Page
Friday, May 18 through Sunday, May 20, 2012
The Poetry Center presents its third biennial symposium, showcasing some of today’s most intriguing and adventurous poets who create new work that is best “read” or performed off the page. The weekend schedule is packed with performances, classes, and panels featuring theater, film/video, sculpture, digital code and graphics, song/sound, dance, and more. Tickets are still available, so register now!
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