Sunday, September 29, 2013

Ara Shirinyan Reads Amy Gerstler, 9/28/13 @ PRB

From "The True Bride".  "Burnt Norton" group reading, 9/28/13 @ 951 CKR. 

Kirsty Singer Reads Joseph Ceravolo, 9/28/13 @ PRB

From Spring in this World of Poor Mutts. "Burnt Norton" group reading, 9/28/13 @ 951 CKR.

Andrew Choate Reads Harry Mathews, 9/28/13 @ PRB

From Tlooth. "Burnt Norton" group reading, 9/28/13 @ 951 CKR.

Rita Gonzalez Reads Hannah Weiner, 9/28/13 @ PRB

From "Written In/The Zero One". Burnt Norton group reading, at 951 CKR.

Anthony McCann Reads John Giorno, 9/28/13 @ PRB

From "Vajra Kisses". Burnt Norton group reading, at 951 CKR.

Burnt Norton: Videos and Performances

We had a full house last night at 951 Chung King Road to listen to 20-some readers interpret the work of the 47 poets that failed to survive Norton versioning between editions of the PAP anthology. Some really terrific readings, and we'll be posting videos throughout the week that we captured at home and from afar (you're welcome to send us your own).

Here's one from Dodie Bellamy taking on John Wieners' "A Poem for Record Players" from a hotel room in Colorado. And a half-lit hotel is a particularly fitting mise-en-scène for restless poetries, no?

Saturday, September 21, 2013

"Burnt Norton" Group Reading: Invitation to Participate

Burnt Norton, Group Reading: Invitation to Participate

In this season of Norton remixing (see Dodie Bellamy’s awesome and just-published  “cunt-up” of the 1975 Norton Anthology of Poetry, Cunt Norton), the Poetic Research Bureau joins in the scrum with a community celebration of the decanonized, the deauthorized and the deprecated.

One week from tonight, Saturday, September 28th, from 8pm to 10pm, the PRB invites you to come by and read a couple poems from one of the 47 poets deleted from the Norton Anthology of Postmodern American Poetry.

Between its first edition published in 1994, and its second edition published in spring of this year, 59 new “postmodern” “American” “poets” were added to the Norton Postmodern, while 47 were removed. Blame the atavistic medium of the print anthology, with its peculiar physical constraints, or blame editorial whimsy and the mercurial projects of “movement poetries”, but 47 poets once thought burning bright and of the moment had their wicks snuffed and got shot out of the canon, as it were.

So let’s light ‘em up. There’s nothing duller than canon politics or carping about anthologies, but reading good poets aloud is pretty terrific, and this sounds like as good a reason as any. Come out and read from the work of one of the following poets for five minutes next Saturday night. If you aren’t in the Los Angeles area, take some video of yourself reading and upload it to Youtube, and share the link with us at . We’ll post it to our blog and FB page, and will project it on the PRB wall next Saturday.

The 47 poets decanonized between the first and second editions of the Norton PAP are:

James Laughlin, Hilda Morley, Charles Bukowski, Hannah Weiner, Harry Mathews, Jerome Rothenberg, David Antin, Anselm Hollo, Joseph Ceravolo, John Wieners, Robert Kelly, Russell Edson, John Giorno, Jayne Cortez, Clarence Major, Diane Wakoski, Tony Towle, Ed Sanders, Stephen Rodefer, Robert Grenier, Miguel Algarin, Tom Clark, Charles North, William Corbett, Tom Mandel, Ray DiPalma, Maureen Owen, Paul Violi, Michael Davidson, Lorenzo Thomas, John Godfrey, Andrei Codrescu, Paul Hoover, David Shapiro, Barrett Watten, David Lehman, George Evans, August Kleinzahler, Victor Hernandez Cruz, Jessica Hagedorn, Jim Carroll, Art Lange, Jimmy Santiago Baca, David Trinidad, Dennis Cooper, Amy Gerstler, Diane Ward

“Burnt Norton” Group Reading
Saturday, Sept 28, 8pm-10pm
Poetic Research Bureau
@ 951 Chung King Rd
Chinatown, Los Angeles

Friday, September 20, 2013

An Evening of Solo Performances

An evening of solo performances by:

Emily Lacy
Claire McKeown
Jonathan Silberman

Emily Lacy is a folk and electronic sound artist generating works in music, film, and other media. She has performed in exhibitions at PS1 MOMA, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Hammer Museum, the Walker Art Center, and LACMA, in addition to various DIY spaces all throughout America. 

Claire McKeown is an opera chanteuse who sang in various bands in Los Angeles including "Shadow Shadow Shade" and "Dirt Bird". She is currently working on a new project called "Honey Child".

Jonathan Silberman is a musician and composer based in Los Angeles. Known primarily for his work in the group Godzik Pink (5RC/Kill Rock Stars), and later the trio Rats, his current work includes music with the quartet LA Fog as well as expanding experiments with unaccompanied tenor and soprano saxophone.

Starts at 7:30 PM (EARLY SHOW!)
Poetic Research Bureau
951 Chung King Rd, LA 90012

Friday, September 13, 2013

Lauren Shufran & Juliana Leslie

Andrea Quaid & Harold Abramowitz present...


Saturday, September 14 2013
Doors open @ 7pm, reading starts 7:30pm

The Poetic Research Bureau @ Telic Arts
951 Chung King Rd.
Los Angeles, CA

Lauren Shufran is a PhD candidate at the University of California at Santa Cruz, where she studies lyric and prophecy in Early Modern England. She received her MA and her MFA in poetry at San Francisco State University. Inter Arma, her first full-length book, is out from Fence Books this year. 

Juliana Leslie lives in Santa Cruz, CA and is the author of two collections, More Radiant Signal (Letter Machine Editions) and Green Is for World (Coffee House Press).