Black Mountain College (which closed down in the 50s) is one of my subjects from way back. Jorge Fick graduated from BMC in 1955. If you’re in the Asheville, North Carolina, area, check out the exhibit of his work at the Black Mountain College Museum + Art Center. It will be up until May 7.
Hello. My name is Hazel Smith. I am not a talk-show host, poetry’s answer to Oprah Winfrey. I don’t like public speaking and I can’t crack jokes. I am probably not even your idea of a poet, since I can’t hang onto metaphors or hold a monolithic voice. I was born in Britain but I… Continue reading The Poetics of Uncertainty by Hazel Smith
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The poet Kari Edwards passed away on Saturday. In memory of Kari, here is one of her poems. read my lips: subtitled take off your coat that was the illusion take off your coat that was a short trick containing three kilograms of space yes with the mice yes with the rats yes… Continue reading Remembering Kari Edwards
“Art does not reproduce the visible; rather, it makes visible.” –Paul Klee (1879-1940) When I was a grad student at the Iowa Writers Workshop in the late 80s, I consumed Paul Klee’s notebooks, staying up late studying them, becoming them. I left Klee behind me in the 90s for no reason at all, as far… Continue reading Klee and Houston
Last week Houston waved hello and goodbye to the Poetry Bus (sponsored by Wave Books) as it swung through the lone star state. I saw their poetry "happening" at The Menil Collection on Thursday. It was billed as a Surrealist Lunch so it happened at noon, naturally. The event drew a big crowd of non-poets… Continue reading A Wave to the Bus
SUrREALISt “Lunch ” A walk through the Menil’s world-renowned Surrealist Galleries; followed by selections from Surrealist poems read by poets Joshua Beckman Joshua Clover Gillian Conoley Valzhyna Mort Dara Wier Matthew Zapruder _________ The Menil Collection 1515 Sul Ross, Houston 77006 Thursday, October 12, 2006 ∙ Noon Free & Open to the Public… Continue reading Surrealist Lunch
Last month I mentioned that the Wave Books Poetry Bus Tour was gearing up for its cross-country jaunt. Next week that said-same bus will be in Houston. You can catch it Wednesday night, October 11th at the Aurora Picture Show (8 p.m.). Or Thursday October 12, you can join the poets for a surrealist lunch… Continue reading Here Comes the Bus, Houston
For the coolest possible house of cards….
Houston’s Contemporary Art Museum (CAM) is the place to see art of many genres by Kiki Smith spanning the past 25 years. Here’s the official description, from the CAM website: Kiki Smith: A Gathering, 1980 – 2005 is the first full-scale major museum presentation of Kiki Smith’s work over the past 25 years. Smith’s art… Continue reading Kiki Smith Comes to Town
[excerpt] Urban Networks features five interactive art projects that examine social encounters and explorations in urban places. The works in this exhibition employ a range of technological devices that create urban community connections and offer insights into how emerging technologies might play an alternative role in our experience of everyday urban life. Finishing School presents… Continue reading Social Encounters at the Heart of the Art
Hidden Love Song, by Arlete Castelo and Melissa Mongiat (who had previously created Gamelan Playtime) is an 18m long silver rub-off fresque. As passers-by scratch it, they uncover musical and visual love messages hidden through a world inspired by Mark-Anthony Turnage‘s concerto Hidden Love Song. The sound collage is made of scratching noises, extracts of… Continue reading Find the Hidden Love Song
Houston is not known for cool, but here is an exception. The Art League has inverted a bungalow and this is what they got. For those of you in the vicinity, drive up Montrose toward the Heights (north); the cross street is Willard. The house–slated for demolition, apparently–was altered by Dean Ruck and Dan Havel.… Continue reading Everybody Loves Implosion
As I’ve mentioned before, I work for Writers in the Schools (WITS). In addition to the obvious mission of teaching writing to kids in schools, we also provide outreach to similar programs across the country. Tomorrow we begin our 4th conclave in Houston for the leaders of seven different creative writing programs that work primarily… Continue reading WITSLink
Disappointed about the election results this week and still feeling it. Here’s "In a Dark Time" by Roethke: In a dark time, the eye begins to see, I meet my shadow in the deepening shade; I hear my echo in the echoing wood– A lord of nature weeping to a tree. I live between the… Continue reading In a Dark Time