Saturday, January 15, 2011
"Even without considering the political agenda initiated against Memory . . . " -- Carla Harryman
Sad to say, I was not able to get to the Off-Site reading for this year's MLA. I'm hoping someone recorded it so I'll be able to hear later.
BUT I did get to the GRAND PIANO public event that was hosted by the MLA Friday night.
Following the recent release of the tenth volume of the GRAND PIANO series, the reading attracted not only the usual and growing poetry crowd but also a number of LA locals and old MLA hands who probably came not knowing what to expect but greeted the reading with real enthusiasm. The event was introduced by my new friend Helene Aji, who hosted the CIRCULATING AVANTE GARDES conference in France this past Fall. The reading featured a full three-fifths of the project's poets: Rae Armantrout, Carla Harryman, Lyn Hejinian, Ted Pearson, Kit Robinson and Barrett Watten. There was a critical response from Antoine Caze.
You can visit the GRAND PIANO web site, and order copies, by clicking here.