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Martha King

Celebrating YUKO OTOMO’s new book

Martha and Basil King join in celebrating YUKO OTOMO’s new book

Anonymous Landscape (from Lithic Press) is a marvelous full-length meditation on anonymity and civility among other things.  The Kings are delighted to join John Godfrey and Charles Waters in celebrating its publication at:

McNally Jackson Books – SOHO

52 Prince Street, between Broadway and Lafayette
Wednesday,  September 18,  at 7PM

Waters will play a clarinet solo inspired by the book. The book cover, like the poem, is subtle. See it live at the bookstore on September 18!

Martha King News Prose Spuyten Duyvil books

New book from Martha King

MAX SEES RED — is King’s first-ever novel, a murder mystery in which a painter named Max tries to find out who murdered a young literary editor in her Hudson Valley summer house. One of his oldest friends, an experimental novelist, has bumbled into making himself a prime suspect.

The action takes place in the late 1970’s in SoHo bars, lofts, and galleries, and in Dutchess and Hudson counties just north of New York’s suburbia, then a landscape of impoverished small towns and abandoned farms. Artists who have begun to settle there have uneasy relationships with the rural poor and elite establishment landowners, and sometimes encounter a shadow neo-Nazi subculture.

Max Sees Red – cover

The book is populated with painters, sculptors, poets, potters, critics, dealers, and hangers-on, both gay and straight, including newly rich Wall Street patrons and people in the “uptown” world of mainstream publishing.

ISBN 978-1-949966-06-0

256 pages

Available now on Amazon and on the Spuyten Duyvil website.

http://www.spuytenduyvil.net/max-sees-red.html

There will be a New York book launch and reading in May. Please come to Zinc Bar, Sunday May19, at 4:30. (82 West 3rd Street)

 

 

 

 

 

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Our new website name

We have a new website name

You may still use www.basilking.net but when the home page opens you will see the new domain name: basilking-marthaking.com

This is the domain name going forward. The new name makes it clear that works by both of the Kings is presented here. We’ve also made some other adjustments to bring our site into 2019.

Enjoy.

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Important UK magazine features King work

tears in the fence, #69, Spring 2019 is now available.

This issue ranges wide as tears does — and includes Basil King’s new poem, “Pick Up a Stitch — Drop a Stitch, work by Laurie Duggan, and this comment by editor David Caddy on Martha King’s memoir, Outside/Inside:

Martha King’s memoir, Outside/Inside…just outside the art world’s inside (BlazeVOX books) is a beautifully written insight into the world of a young woman who studied at Black Mountain College in its last year, arriving with ‘an old hotplate two saucepans, some picnic cutlery’ and eventually fell in with artist and writer, Basil King. She chronicles her subsequent domestic and bohemian life, including a great many significant figures in and around Black Mountain, San Francisco, and New York art scenes. It is an absolute joy to read and leaves the reader uplifted by a deeply felt clarification of the importance of those movements, and with a broad smile. Amongst many highlights is the story of the wedding of the headstrong protagonists, which is both funny and memorable. King’s prose, warmly inviting, succinct and perceptive moves effortlessly from story to story, and is so giving in her generosity of spirit and emotional intelligence. This intimate portrait, dense with detail, of a critical period in American art and writing, is a page-turner, and sure to become a classic.

Lovely issue of an always essential independent international literary magazine.

Order and subscribe at www.tearsinthefence.com. Use the Donate button. Or mail an order with a check. Four issues for $40  (or $60  if airmail delivery is requested).

BTW, “Pick Up a Stitch” is Part Five of a chapbook-length piece called Basil’s Bean Book – not yet published.

 

 

 

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Dispatches Winter 2018-19 is online — with review of Outside/Inside

Click here https://www.dispatchespoetrywars.com/category/dispatches-news/ to see a WHOLE lot more. It’s a huge issue and well rewards some time.

But first, ahem, do read Roy Skodnick’s response to my memoir, Outside/Inside.

A Wild Brave and Isolated Bohemia : a review of Outside/Inside, by Martha King

Thank you, Dispatches crew ! –Martha

 

 

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Outside/Inside on Don Yorty’s blog…

One of my all-time favorite blogs — for range, enthusiasm, and blend of visual with text — is Don Yorty’s EXPLORATIONS.   He has just mounted his video of my reading at the HOWL Gallery, the formal launch for my memoir. Thank you, Don.

Martha King reads from Outside/Inside

(And yes, the book is available on the BlazeVOX website–see “books”) [And yes, spend some time on this site. You won’t be disappointed.]

photo by Basil King

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Another fine review of Outside/Inside!

Very pleased to announce a review by Mike Foldes – online in the current issue of RAGAZINE https://www.ragazine.cc/2019/01/outside-inside-book-review/

Find Ragazine at www.ragazine.cc

For many years when I was of high school age I wondered what it would be like to go to Black Mountain College. I didn’t know at the time what little I’d heard applied to an institution that no longer existed, except, that is, in the influences it would have on social, economic, cultural and scientific life in the coming decades – and, perhaps, centuries. While I missed out on sharing in that provocative educational opportunity, I had a chance to experience it in some fashion in the pages of Martha King’s wonderful Outside/Inside, a personal narrative that introduces the reader to a pantheon of literary and artistic personalities, not the least of whom is her life partner Basil “Baz” King. Many of that group shared months or years living, working, creating and recreating at what was Black Mountain, and later in life in other parts of the United States and the world. The appendix of capsule bios of people mentioned “in order of appearance” is as impressive an assortment of creative and influential friends and acquaintances as one might desire to have had in the aesthetically critical, politically and socially conflicted, and economically free-wheeling post-War, mid-Century America.

King lays out a personal history of experience as girl, daughter, woman, wife, mother, writer and artist in a captivating memoir overflowing with details of events and conversations culled from decades of experiences that carried her on wings through good times and bad, from a childhood in Chapel Hill to a term at Black Mountain, to San Francisco, New York City, as well as places between and afar, to finally settle in Brooklyn where she and Basil made a home for themselves and their children in Park Slope. What begins as an explanation of how she came to attend BMC evolves into the story of a lifelong relationship wrapped in a manifesto presenting Basil’s work as authentic and as valuable as any of their contemporaries. “The jury is still out…” she writes in a preface, in reference to his output, and throughout the book elevates his drawings, paintings, mixed media collaborations and publishing efforts to a level that demands we take another look. That we analyze and examine Basil King’s output against the backdrop of works by Koontz, Warhol, de Kooning and other of their (and, for many of us, our) contemporaries as more immediately recognizable by name, if not on sight.

While she writes of well-known personalities and familiar events, King also offers portraits of friends and acquaintances whose lives ended unheroically in tragedy from disease, addiction and accidents, of failed relationships, of questionable ethics and supreme efforts that went unrecognized. She steadfastly stands by Basil’s work as exemplary, and in a section of the book about their time in Grand Haven, Michigan, discusses his work and influence on a community not used to the sort of incongruous thought patterns that generate energy and evidence of commitment to the creative life. The framework for the claim that Basil King deserves to be remembered for his contributions to life and art is based as much upon his collaborations as with his output, itself.

As I write this, I see that Edward Hopper’s “Chop Suey” just sold at auction for more than $90 million, where it was expected to fetch around $70 million. So what is it with art today that the work of someone else who spent a lifetime putting shoulder to the wheel to transform ethereal to material and share it with the world in ways not seen, heard or read before, should not be remembered as having served his master in the same vigorous pursuit of truth? Who is the visionary, and who is popularized by some who should know better? Whose work deserves mention in the afterlife, which is the life of those who survive the creator?

King rightfully acknowledges that her belief in the value of the work of Basil King is not to be misread as a woman standing by her man, but as an assessment of output against the panorama of people, places and things she and he lived with and through, and the influences they had on one another, as well as the work of unknown others, that make Basil King’s work important. And, as Martha King’s witness to, and assessments of, those same Times prove, she is a literary power in her own right.  I don’t believe it is too much to say Outside/Inside is an informative and enjoyable read, and important reference to a vital era of intellectual curiosity and creativity too rapidly passing with its well-drawn characters into the realms of Art History.

About the reviewer:  Mike Foldes is founder and managing editor of Ragazine.cc. 

Outside/Inside from BlazeVOX Books, 480 pages/paperback

Order from Blazevox.com or Amazon

 

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Outside/Inside reviewed!

With great pleasure I’d like to draw your attention to an impressive review of my memoir, Outside / Inside, in the most recent issue of an online literary review also well worth your attention. Thank you, editor Bronwyn Mills.  The magazine is The WALL issue #6:      https://www.wittypartition.org/

Rabbit from this issue of The WALL

Conejo: paint on wood.
Un Gato en Bicicleta librería. Sevilla, España
Photo: Bronwyn Mills

The review of my book is here:

https://www.wittypartition.org/martha-king.html