March 2, 2008

Steve McCaffery, Karen Mac Cormack, & mARK

Note: There has been a last-minute change in venue and time!

Sunday, March 2nd, 2008
5:00 pm

Someday Lounge
125 NW 5th Avenue

$5.00 suggested donation

Steve McCaffery is the author of more than twenty-five volumes of poetry and three critical books. With bp nichol, he conducted the Toronto Research Group, and was a member (also with bp) of the pioneering sound-poetry and performance ensemble The Four Horsemen. Recent books of McCaffery's poetry include The Black Debt, The Cheat of Words, and Seven Pages Missing (in two volumes); his critical titles include North of Intention, Prior to Meaning, and the dazzlingly ambitious anthology Imagining Language (coedited with Jed Rasula). A founding theorist of Language Poetry, his work has been translated into more than a dozen languages. A long-time resident of Toronto, he now lives in Buffalo, New York, where he is The David Gray Chair of Poetry and Letters at SUNY Buffalo.

Born in Luanshya, Zambia, Karen Mac Cormack is the author of thirteen
books of poetry, including Nothing by Mouth, Quill Driver, Quirks & Quillets, At Issue, and Vanity Release. Volume 1 of her polybiography Implexures was published by Chax Press / West House Books in 2003, and Implexures in its entirety is forthcoming from the same publishers in Spring 2008. Her poetry has been translated into French, Portuguese, Swedish, and Norwegian. Of dual British / Canadian citizenship, she currently lives in the USA and teaches at the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Due to no fault of your own, mARK's last name is currently under scrutinous examination. His poems are typically found tangled in lines between concepts, sound, visual art, and performance. His designs have been unveiled in Portland; Seattle; Guadalajara, Mexico; Mexico City; Boston; New York City; Nice, France; and Dayton, OH. He organized the Northwest Sound Poetry Festivals in Portland, OR, in 2003 and 2004, and he is a founding member of Spare Room.

Ars Poetica 5


or minotaur catastrophes of concrete objects
in a paper domain?

What's that other word for silence?

The analogical opera?

The little object b
before aporia kills it?

— Steve McCaffery

faculty of perceiving, as if by hearing, what is inaudible
(cf. clairvoyance) *

Knowledge of the remarking of instance
closed eyes when touches this sound
that so-to sound accompanying if (sound)
rendered measure musical
unstilled channels nuance to frame's visual
perhaps as condition not instance
reverberates to part when parcelled particular
juxtapose stream inundate category
cauterized apprehension as in
situ, scene, some-time sounds in
perspectives skew
clavicle and score separate account for
the spilling when nothing is full

* clairaudience

— Karen Mac Cormack

Puddle Poems

1) On a rainy day, open up the comics section of the newspaper.
2) From these comics, cut out all speech bubbles that could be considered common talk (fragments that could be overheard from any conversation).
3) Separate these speech bubbles into sections according to the number of words in them (a section of bubbles with one word, another section of bubbles with two words, etc.).
4) Go outside, setting each section into a separate puddle.
5) Revisit these puddle poems until no words can be found.

Broom (for Alison Knowles)

1) Lay any alphabet on a stage
2) Slowly sweep the letters
3) Pronounce the sounds of the letters in front of the broom
4) Sweep the alphabet off stage, down the aisle and outside

— mARK