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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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The Kings at “Creative Democracy” – The Turchin Center for Visual Arts

Three vitrines display books and broadsides by Basil King and Martha King

To celebrate the legacy of Black Mountain College, the Turchin Center for Visual Arts at Appalachian State University has mounted a show called “Creative Democracy.”  It’ll be on view until June 2, 2018.   (See previous post, “Basil King in new BMC Exhibition” posted in January.)

Twelve of Basil King’s recent bird paintings are featured, along with other Black Mountain connected art and artifacts. Basil gave a one-hour talk on his art and life as did former BMC student Frank Hursh. Martha  is represented with some of her publications in vitrines. The Kings also visited poet Joe Bethanti’s class for a lively Q&A about Black Mountain and beyond. Books by Martha and by Basil are currently for sale in the Appalachian State University bookstore. (Look on the website www.basilking.net for purchase information elsewhere!)

Here are some highlights.

Two paintings by Frank Hursh who attended BMC in 1949; King’s “Perch #4 – The Three Graces” in the middle; Pots by Peter Voulkos in vitrine.
From the top: “Perch #16” – “Perch #3” – “Sketch for Perch” – and “Perch #12” — all Basil King, 2017.
Overview.  Wall in the back begins with King’s  “Bird & Company – Cousin Green” at left and ends with “Perch #11 – November 9, 2016” on right.  Wall on left full of Dawson collages, hung too high for easy viewing, alas.
From the left – paintings by Hursh, King, Susan Weil, King again.

 

Jacob Lawrence (left) Basil King (right)

Fielding Dawson collage.  This was a cover for Dawson’s chapbook “The Shell Game”
Logo for the exhibition and the University’s semester-long BMC celebration.

 

 

 

Desk for BMC students, designed by Joseph Albers
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Review of History Now — in JPR

New comment on Basil King’s art and writing 

Joshua Gardner, critic
Kim Lyons, poet and critic
Basil King with his latest book

 

 

Joshua A.W. Gardner in his review of Basil King’s latest book of poetry, History Now (New York: Marsh Hawk Press, 2017), “connects the dots” between King’s visual art and the poetry he has been writing since 1985. Gardner finds his “intellectual kinship with the poet Charles Olson” seminal and concludes that King has made himself “a living extension of the Black Mountain legacy” by freely intermingling historical facts, poetry, language, politics, and the capacity to have more than one voice.

The review is 7 pages including photographs, notes, a reproduction and a link to SPD for ordering the book.

Journal of Poetic Research, September 2017. Download it here:

http://poeticsresearch.com/article/joshua-a-w-gardner-reviews-basil-king/

 

This follows publication of Kimberly Ann Lyons’ essay “Here is Another Somewhere: The Visual Art of Basil King” which focuses on the influence of Robert Duncan and his aesthetics on Basil King’s art. She identifies Duncan’s concept of art involving the weaving and the unweaving of a figure…”the twist that permits emergence of mercurial genius”… as instrumental in King’s development. He was an art student at Black Mountain College when Duncan taught there in the 1950s.

The article is 14 pages and has six small reproductions of Basil King paintings.

Dispatches Poetry Wars, July 2017. Download it here:

Here Is another Somewhere: the Visual Art of Basil King, by Kimberly Lyons

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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.