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Ivy Writers – Carole Pereira, Edward Smallfield and Valerie Coulton

Posted on 2 Jun 2013 in Ivy Writers, Video clips | 0 comments

The sun was hot on my back as I cycled over to Ivy Writers at Café Delaville, just up the road from my flat. du soleil, enfin! A glass of wine in hand, I climbed the regal staircase and chose myself a suitable throne for the evening’s reading. American poetry-power-couple Edward Smallfield and Valerie Coulton were visiting from their home in Barcelona, and treated us to readings from their chapbook lirio as well as poems from their other publications. Pressed warmly next to each other, watching the couple read lirio was a pleasure. They performed as a duet, bringing musicality and two distinct voices to their poetry. lirio is a collaboration full of dreamlike nostalgia, with sparkling lines such as “somebody has unscrewed the moon and stars”, “postcard to our former selves” and “nonexistent titles have been translated anyway”....

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Ivy Writers – Deborah Poe, Déborah Heissler and Jacob Bromberg

Posted on 14 May 2013 in Ivy Writers, Video clips | 1 comment

Review by Lucy Binnersley. Photographs by Kate Noakes (with technical assistance from Viola Manfra). Spring has not sprung. It’s cold and it’s raining (actually, I think it’s hail). So instead of staying in to contemplate turning my heating back on, I head to this month’s Ivy Writers. The Delaville Cafe is a welcome retreat from the rather miserable month of May. The Delaville really is a perfect setting for Ivy Writers – decadent, yet not imposing, with a truly inviting ambiance. The décor of the huge venue is a delight, a lively mixture of ancient gilt rococo and post-industrial baroque furniture. If you’re wondering what sort of past could have produced all this ancient marble and tempered steel, the café’s previous incarnations included being a brothel in Napoleon’s Paris in the 19th century (hou la la). The pomp of...

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Ivy Writers – Marilyn Hacker and Habib Tengour

Posted on 12 Apr 2013 in Ivy Writers | 0 comments

Review by Lucy Binnersley for Paris Lit Up. At Ivy Writers this month we listened to the superb Marilyn Hacker and Habib Tengour. Both are world-renowned for jumping around in two, sometimes even three, languages while formulating poems that speak for all. For someone like myself who struggles to use one language effectively, it was with both trepidation and anticipation that I went along. Without a French -English dictionary. Or access to Google Translate. Bon courage. The lived experiences of exile was the theme of the evening How fitting – having only arrived for pre-poetry drinks fifteen minutes earlier, I had already spoken to two Americans, a Canadian and a British expat. Thus it was a theme that many of us in the audience could, on some level, identify with. First up was Marilyn Hacker. Her poems have a...

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Ivy Writers 4×4: Joshua Marie Wilkinson, Dot Devota, Brandon Shimoda, Zachary Schomburg and translators Jacques Rebotier, Virginie Poitrasson, Paul Laborde and Matin Richet

Posted on 22 Mar 2013 in Ivy Writers | 0 comments

Review by Kate Noakes. Photographs and audio by JFMcG. American poets and their French translators in a former bordello? A burlesque dance class that slightly retarded Ivy Writer’s poetic 4×4 bonanza? Well, if that wasn’t enough temptation to draw a poetry crowd to the faded grandeur of the upstairs salon at the Delaville cafe, then I don’t know what would have been. Ivy’s offering this month was a stonking reading by four young(ish) and many times published poets right along side their just-as-talented French translators, also published poets in their own right. First up was Brandon Shimoda reading from Portuguese and The Alps. He opened with part of his current project The Grave on the Wall, a biography of his grandfather: ‘go and get all the love you deserve’, sounds like good advice. His unsettling poem The Killing Fields...

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Ivy Writers – Alice Notley, Franck André Jamme and Anna O

Posted on 23 Feb 2013 in Ivy Writers | 0 comments

Review by Kate Noakes for Paris Lit Up. Photographs courtesy of Jason Francis Mc Gimsey. Alice Notley, author of over thirty books of poetry, gave a superb reading from her latest volume Songs and Stories of the Ghouls. Her performance was an object lesson in how to read, no introductions, let the work speak for itself, and it certainly did in rapid-fire conversational style. She gave us long, packed and episodic poems whose titles (I think) were: Antler Woman, Along a Spatial Trail, The Human Ghoul, City of Ghostly Festivals, and a new unpublished meta-poem For the Ride, set in a post-apocalyptic world where language is disintegrating, and which was full of shaken-up words making sound patterns and resonance (partly in French), rather than obvious meanings. Dido appeared in two poems: ‘I’m sick of your carnage…her job…to commit suicide’;...

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Ivy Writers – Cole Swensen and Yves di Manno

Posted on 9 Jan 2013 in Ivy Writers | 0 comments

 by Kate Noakes. Photos courtesy of Jennifer K. Dick of Ivy Writers. Ivy seem to have had a run of bad luck lately with their venues. No sooner do they move to somewhere fabulously swanky at Bonne Nouvelle than the owner of the Delaville Cafe decides to start renovation work on the dedicated upstairs salon a week early. How frustrating. Normal service will be resumed next month with Alice Notley and others, so I look forward to that hugely, especially the apparently erotic murals. Interference from the cafe aside, this was a cracking evening with two marvellous poets: American Cole Swensen and Frenchman Yves di Manno. Their bios are below. And you know what they say, you have to be able to read in a noisy bar to be a real poet. Listen to Jennifer K. Dick’s introduction here:...

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Ivy Writers – 20 November 2012

Posted on 1 Dec 2012 in Ivy Writers | 0 comments

Review by Kate Noakes for Paris Lit Up In the cave of Le Next in the 2eme, which was particularly dark that night as during recent building work all the lamps were apparently broken, two poets read from their work under eerie illumination. The usual Ivy Writers format is to have a least one francophone poet reading at each of their events. This evening that was Virgine Poitrasson, poet, performer, translator. As my French is a little, how shall I put it, limited, it is quite a challenge for me to follow French poetry, let alone critically evaluate it as art. I hope Virginie will forgive me for that. I did enjoy her poem about a fly in a kitchen and my companion tells me that her poems about women were pretty darn good. You can read all about...

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Ivy Writers – Virginie Poitrassion and Nicholas Manning

Posted on 20 Oct 2012 in Ivy Writers | 0 comments

Ivy Writers Paris reading 20th november 2012 Au sous-sol de « Le Next » 17 rue Tiquetonne 75002 Paris M° Etienne Marcel / RER Les Halles Nicholas Manning is Maître de conférences (associate professor) in American Literature at the Sorbonne (Paris IV). He is the founding editor of The Continental Review and the author of two poetic cycles: Novaless. Elements Towards a Metaphysic, and now Homo Sentimentalis. A Guide In Verse To Modern Emotional Intimacy. His study of sincerity in 20th century poetics, entitled Rhétorique de la sincérité. La poésie moderne en quête d’un langage vrai, is forthcoming from Honoré Champion. Virginie Poitrasson is a writer, performed, translator, and artist who explores the borders between languages, genres, and modes of expression in the arts (sound, video, and silkscreen printing). Originally from Lyon, she has lived in the United States (New Orleans and New York), and currently lives in Paris. Her fascination with the plurality of languages and interdisciplinary...

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Ivy Writers – Lisa Samuels and Remi Bouthonnnier

Posted on 9 Sep 2012 in Ivy Writers | 0 comments

Ivy Writers reading Tuesday 9 october, 19h30 LE NEXT 17 rue Tiquetonne 75002 Paris Métro Etienne Marcel/ RER Les Halles Lisa Samuels teaches literature and creative writing at The University of Auckland in New Zealand, but is currently on research leave in Spain. She has published and edited books of essays, theory, and critical practice. She is the author of four chapbooks and six books of poetry, including most recerntlyThroe (Oystercatcher Press 2009), Mama Mortality Corridos(Holloway, 2010), Gender City (Shearsman, 2011), and Wild Dialectics (Shearsman, 2012). Her 2012 recording and soundscapes version of Tomorrowland (published in book form by Shearsman, 2009) is newly up at pennsound: http://writing.upenn.edu/pennsound/x/Samuels.php.Her experimental memoir Anti M is forthcoming with Chax Press. Her current projects include an essay collection, Modernism Is Not Enough, and a modular novel experiment, Tender Girl. Having lived in various parts of the United States, as well as in Sweden, Israel / Palestine, Yemen, Malaysia,...

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Ivy Writers – Martin Richet, Mina Pam Dick and Oana Avasilichioaei

Posted on 18 Aug 2012 in Ivy Writers | 0 comments

Ivy Writers reading Tuesday 18 September, 19h30 LE NEXT 17 rue Tiquetonne 75002 Paris Métro Etienne Marcel/ RER Les Halles Start off the 2012-2013 season with Ivy Writers Paris on the 18th of September with visiting Canadian and American authors Oana Avasilichioaei and Mina Pam Dick reading with French poet and translator Martin Richet! Mina Pam and Oana will also perform together “Transpose – an individual and co-reading by Mina Pam Dick and Oana Avasilichioaei” Martin Richet est l’auteur de L’Autobiographie de Gertrude Stein (Eric Pesty Editeur, 2011) et Bureau vertical / Onze pour Table,(Cahiers de la Seine, 2006). Traducteur de métier, il a récemment traduitPied bot de Charles Bernstein (Joca Seria, 2012), Le cycle des tilleuls d’Etel Adnan (Al Manar, 2012), L’ouverture du champ de Robert Duncan (José Corti, fin 2012) et Les Sonnets de Ted Berrigan (Joca Seria, fin 2012). Il prépare actuellement une anthologie des poèmes de Larry Eigner. Oana Avasilichioaei est l’auteure de: We,...

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