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NEWS: Kimberly Lyons on Basil King’s art

Good news: DISPATCHES FROM THE POETRY WARS  http://dispatchespoetrywars.com/ is up and healthy. (The site had a spate of glitches during a recent upgrade.)

I am even more pleased to report that a thoughtful article by Kimberly Ann Lyons on Basil King’s visual art “Here is Another Somewhere” is in the Commentary section… http://dispatchespoetrywars.com/…/another-somewhere-visual…/

Also available is the complete text of Basil’s complex meditation on the events of September 11, 2001: TWIN TOWERS. Visit the Dispatches section http://dispatchespoetrywars.com/dispatches/…/07/twin-towers/

Kim takes a look at Basil’s development and the influences of his friends and mentors at Black Mountain College…focusing especially on a never-before discussed connection to Robert Duncan and his concept of art involving the weaving and the UNWEAVING of a figure…and the twist that permits emergence of mercurial genius.

Basil (Lyons says) “has a shared perception with (Duncan) when he writes that “We know we can endure because each one of us has become one of the other.”

The article includes a few reproductions of Basil’s visual art, to which I’ll add one more, just finished this September.

“Mirage II, Highway Obstacle” – mixed media on canvas, 2017,  34″ x 48″,  ©Basil King. Collection of the artist.

It’s important for me to mention that this issue of DISPATCHES  is packed with thoughtful, funny, moving, angry, and exciting work. Thank you, editors Kent Johnson and Michael Boughn.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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History Now is here

Basil King’s new book, History Now, Marsh Hawk Press, 2017, is here.

It is the latest segment in what poet Laurie Duggan is calling King’s epic, Learning to Draw.  Eileen Tabios in her online “poetry engagement” Galetea Ressurects, calls it HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

 

All five books to date are pictured below.  Another publication, a beautiful chapbook In the Field Where Daffodils Grow was published by Vincent Katz’s Libellum Books, but is not pictured as the text also appears in the large Learning to Draw/A History in the middle of the photo below.  We are grateful to him and to other publishers who issued chapbooks or published segments of this work in their magazines, explicitly Mark Lamoureux, Sanjay Agnihotri, Ed Foster, David Caddy, Dale Smith and Hoa Nguyen, and Peter Ganick.

Order from SPD [www.spdbooks.org] for $15 plus S&H, or, if you must, from Amazon Books, also $15 plus S&H.

Books in Basil King’s epic LEARNING TO DRAW sequence.

 

 

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Celebrating Allen Ginsberg

June 3 @ 3:00 pm – 9:00 pm at Howl Happening Gallery

For Allen Ginsberg’s 91st birthday, Howl! Happening is holding a celebration that includes the re-release of Allen Ginsberg & William Blake’s Songs of Innocence and Experience; music by Ed Sanders, Steven Taylor, Ernie Brooks, Bear 54; poetry readings by Bob Holman, Hettie Jones, Bob Rosenthal, David Henderson, Basil King, a group reading of “Howl” and more.

From Basil King’s Allen Ginsberg Suite, ballpoint pen on music paper.

 

Among the other surprises, the gallery will project seventeen drawings by Basil King (“The Allen Ginsberg Suite”). They were done in 1972 to accompany a special project by Allen honoring Jack Kerouac. Some were published in Mulch magazine #4, 1973, and in the Mulch Press book Visions of the Great Rememberer, 1974, and shown at the University of Kansas Museum, Lawrence, Kansas in 1974. Others have never been shown!

Howl! Happening

6 East 1st Street
New York City, 10003

FREE

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A Blackburn Celebration!

Monday, September 26th, 6:30 pm at the Martin Segal Theatre, CUNY Graduate Center:

In.On.Or About the Premises: A Celebration of the Work of Paul Blackburn

Lost & Found: The CUNY Poetics Document Initiative is partnering with The Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church to celebrate their 50th Anniversary with a panel and discussion on the life and works of Paul Blackburn: poet, translator, and foundational figure of the Lower East Side poetry scene.  

Basil King will lead off the evening with a reading and reminiscence of Paul Blackburn. A roundtable moderated by Poetry Project Director Stacy Szymaszekwill follow short talks by Marcella Durand, George Economou, David Henderson, Carolee Schneemann, Simon Smith, and Robert Vas Dias on topics including his politics, his translations of Provençal troubadour verse and Julio Cortázar, and the role of the poet in shaping the city.

On Wednesday, September 28th, The Poetry Project will also host a night of readings of Paul Blackburn’s work by many poets who admire his contributions.  Basil King and Martha King will be among them. For information see www.poetryproject.org

Mulch Press published this in 1972, with Basil King's ink wash drawings.
Mulch Press published this in 1972, with Basil King’s ink wash drawings.

 

 

 

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NEWS: Basil King exhibition SOON

Basil King: Between Painting and Writing — September 2 to December 24 in Asheville, NC

Curated by Vincent Katz and Brian Butler, at the Black Mountain College Museum & Arts Center, Asheville, NC.

This show will include paintings using images from playing cards, texts of King’s poetry, his covers for poetry books and journals, along with a large selection of his works on paper. He’ll give a poetry reading and there will be a screening of the Nicole Peyrafitte & Miles Joris-Peyrafitte film, “Basil King: MIRAGE” on September 1.  King will do a ‘walk-through’ talk on his work at the opening on September 2.

On Sunday, September 4, Martha and Basil will share their experiences reading and editing each other’s work.  Workshop will include brief readings, critiques, and audience discussion of process.

For more information: info@blackmountaincollege.org

From the Queens: Queen of Hearts/The Academic.  Mixed media on canvas, 2010
From the Queens: Queen of Hearts/The Academic.
Basil King, mixed media on canvas, 2010

 

 

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Yuko Otomo and Eddie Berrigan

A wonderful reading was held last week at the Dominque Levy Gallery during the exhibition of Chung Sang-Hwa, but the art just below, “Dream of the New Year” is not his.

Hanging Scroll, ink on paper, by Hakuin, Edo Period, found on page 31 of a catalog of the Mary and Jackson Burke Collection, Morikami Museum, DeRay Beach, Florida
Hanging Scroll, ink on paper, by Hakuin, Edo Period, found on page 31 of a catalog of the Mary and Jackson Burke Collection, Morikami Museum, DeRay Beach, Florida

Afterwards BASIL wrote this to YUKO

You and Eddie gave a wonderful reading. It was like listening to two different languages. Eddie spoke in his native tongue and he takes in the exterior that confronts him with acute insight.

At the beginning of this week I went to the dentist to have my teeth cleaned. The woman who cleaned my teeth was English and she was very efficient. Half way through the cleaning she said, “You have a very strong tongue.”

Poets have to have strong tongues so that we can fortify the vernacular.

And at the end of the cleaning I thanked her and said that wasn’t too bad. Her response was “It’s a lot better than a slap in the face with a wet fish. Bet you haven’t heard that in a long time.”

My mother used to say that. How did she know? Was it my body language? What did I say that gave her the clues that I had been born in England?

YUKO — Martha asked me why I didn’t clap when you finished reading. It wasn’t that I wasn’t moved by what you read. It was exactly the opposite. Even though you read in English I heard maybe for the first time you speak in your “native tongue.” It’s by chance that last week Martha found on the street JAPANESE ART/Personal Selections from The Mary and Jackson Burke Collection. One of the illustrations in the book is “Dream of the New Year” by Hakum (1685-1768) and I kept seeing Hakum’s meditation as you were reading and I asked myself not clap but sit and do nothing.

 

Yuko was invited to write a poem for Chung Sang-Hwa’s art, which she read and which is published in the catalog. He lives and works in South Korea, has been widely shown in Asia, especially in Korea and Japan, and is now 84.  This is his first solo exhibition in the U.S.

"Untitled" - oil on canvas, 28 3/8 inches x 25 5/8 inches, C Chung Sang-Hwa.

  • Untitled, 1982, oil/canvas, 28 2/8 inches by 25 5/8 inches, ©Chung Sang-Hwa -From the Dominique Levy Gallery website.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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NEWS: Exhibitions of Basil King art in 2016 –17

Exhibitions of Basil King art in 2016 – 17

 Opening September 2, 2016: Basil King: Between Painting and Writing curated by Vincent Katz and Brian Butler, at the Black Mountain College Museum &Arts Center, Asheville, NC.   Open until December 31, 2016.

Queen of Hearts - Highway Obstacle, one of the "Cards" series to be shown in Asheville
Queen of Hearts – Highway Obstacle, one of the “Cards” series to be shown in Asheville

This show, will also include texts of King’s poetry and some of his covers for poetry books and journals, along with paintings using images from playing cards.

For more information: info@blackmountaincollege.org

 

Opening October 28, 2016: Basil King’s Birds curated by Tom Patterson, at St. Andrews University, Laurinburg, NC. Open until November 19, 2016.

This show, focusing on King’s bird images, is part of a semester-long Black Mountain College Festival, with many exciting artists in residence for short visits.

For information and schedules: Ted Wojtasik – wojtasik@sa.edu or Whit Griffin –    kudzuking@yahoo.com

These two North Carolina events overlap for the duration of the St.Andrews show. Laurinburg and Asheville are 230 miles apart, a drive of about four hours.

 

Opening February 25, 2017: Art of Basil King

John Molloy Gallery, 49 East 78th Street, 2nd floor, New York.

This will be the first solo New York exhibition of Basil King’s work since his historic exhibition of “Green Man” paintings at Poets House in 2010.

 

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Basil King in John Tranter’s online magazine, JPR 04

John Tranter, who created the essential JACKET and published its first 40 issues is at it again! This new venture, JOURNAL OF POETICS RESEARCH is already up to issue #4, in which Basil’s prose poem, “A Pigeon in Delacroix’s Garden” has just been posted. Click for full text!

http://poeticsresearch.com/article/basil-king-delacroixs-pigeon/

 

Mixed media on paper, dimension, Basil King, 2014
From the series, Pigeons in Delacrox’s Garden.  Mixed media on Strathmore paper, 30″ x 23″  2014

Rocking back and forth from texts to image, more pigeons can be seen here:

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And more of interest to read in JPR.

Cover of issue #4
Cover of issue #4

JPR is issued twice a year, online only, with new material added as seen fit. Further information at poeticsresearch.com/about/   In the meantime JACKET 2, is being produced by Al Filreis and his able colleagues at Kelly Writers House. Visit   jacket2.org