Just got (unrequested) a look back at 2015 from Facebook, hitting not much of much interest. Thus am prodded to do my own.
February – Baz reads at the Dia Foundation with the wonderfully multi-talented multi-named Pam Dick (Mina, Gregoire, et al) in celebration of the 2014 publication of his The Spoken Word/The Painted Hand. Marsh Hawk Press. Available at SPD and elsewhere. (Probably even ABE’s for the pennysavers.)
“Basil King’s … mashups of art, culture, and lived experience, both minute and momentous challenge the reader out of conventional notions of art history, by a continuous attention to detail. . . .” — Kevin Killian
April – At the AWP meeting in Minneapolis. Martha speaks in a panel discussion, organized by Martha, about the influence of Black Mountain today, with C.S. Giscombe, Burt Kimmelman, Lee Ann Brown, and Vincent Katz. Later a terrific reading by Baz and C.S. Giscome and a larger group reading also including Sam Truit, Kim Lyons, Burt Kimmelman, and more, at James and Mary Laurie Booksellers
April – In conjunction with AWP, “Basil King: MIRAGE” a film by Nicole Peyrafitte and Miles Joris-Peyrafitte is screened at the Walker Art Center.
May – Baz is 80 years old.
June – New York premier of selections from George Quasha’s monumental Poetry Is project at Anthology Film Archives includes Quasha’s interview with Baz.
June– Martha returns to poetry with work in Bone Bouquet, 6.1. Still available: http://www.bonebouquet.org/issue-6-1/ So too is Bone Bouquet 6.2 just out this fall. One way to reassure oneself that the era of adventurous magazine publishing is far from over is to check out this magazine.
November – Martha’s memoir Outside Inside – that is 50 pages of it, expertly excerpted and condensed by Brigid Hughes, is featured in issue 22 of A Public Space magazine.With photos of the long ago that seem fresh. Issue 22 –print or digital—can be ordered here: http://apublicspace.org/magazine
December – short podcasts of Baz reading the following poems – and one personal recollection of TV in the early 1950s. Go here! https://soundcloud.com/joseph-terranella/sets/basil-king-2015
Basil’s Lifeboat (1 minute 23 seconds)
Inside Delacroix’s Garden (2 minutes 14 seconds)
The Butterfly and the Rat (2 minutes 32 seconds)
Looking for the Green Man (3 minutes 53 seconds)
Highway Obstacle (4 minutes 11 seconds)
Channeling 3 – (4 minutes 18 seconds)
The Americans – The Immigrants (6 minutes, 48 seconds)
Grey – complete (14 minutes 27 seconds)
Working in TV – from an interview (2 minutes 46 seconds)
AND MUCH TO COME IN 2016, including BASIL KING ART at the Black Mountain College Museum and Arts Center, Asheville, N.C., opening SEPTEMBER 2.