What is “The Friends of Basil King”?

Poet Kimberly Lyons initiated this idea—and the whole is now a project of Kim’s small press, Lunar Chandelier.  Here’s the official announcement:

Lunar Chandelier Press is proud to present Basil’s Arc on September 22, 2012, in New York City – A consideration of the paintings and poetics of the painter/poet Basil King, now in his 77th year. 

The event will include the premiere of a film by Nicole Peyrafitte and Miles Joris-Peyrafitte, “Basil King: MIRAGE,” commissioned by The Friends of Basil King, performances of music inspired by King’s visual art, and discussions and presentations on the sources and implications of his aesthetics. 

[To see the trailer of the film –and to give a donation (any amount will help)– please scroll to the earlier blog entry on “Basil King: MIRAGE.” ]

Before I was approached, Kim had invited Vincent Katz and Mitch Highfill.  I suggested adding Burt Kimmelman.  And I joined in as a highly interested member.Vincent urged us not to create a huge committee because it would soon become way too hard to get anything decided.  So we stopped here.

But we wanted to have input from the poetry community – and the following poets accepted invitations to be advisors.  They are:

Vyt Bakaitis

Lee Ann Brown

CA Conrad

John High

Miles Joris-Peyrafitte

David Kirschenbaum

Mark Lamoureux

Eileen Myles

Elinor Nauen

Tom Patterson

Nicole Peyrafitte

George Quasha

Kyle Schlesinger

George Stanley

Eileen Tabios

Lewis Warsh

Jeffrey C. Wright

Anne Waldman

Karen Yager

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