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

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

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whose titles (I think) were: Antler Woman, Along a Spatial Trail, The Human Ghoul, City of Ghostly Festivals, and a new unpublished meta-poem For the Ride, set in a post-apocalyptic world where language is disintegrating, and which was full of shaken-up words making sound patterns and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’; a condemnation of the function of female royalty that may chime with Hilary Mantel at the moment.
The lines of hers that resonated with me were: ‘I can only identify you by your blood’, ‘if you touch yourself right now you’ll bleed’, ‘I have slain an art work’ ‘he… is a memory of a country where I was unhappy’ and ‘he left because I was talented’, which either gives you a flavour of Notley’s concerns, or my prejudices in listening to her.
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Author of  15 books of poetry, also available in English, Franco-phone poet was Frank André Jamme who read a series of short poems, spare in imagery from his collection Mantra Box. By candlelight, his mysterious mantras captivated the audience.
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The night was opened and closed by AnnaO, poet, artist and musician, performing to a musical heart beat accompanied by Camille Ollivier on the drums. She read  in French from her latest book I don’t speak English in english in her characteristic post-grunge noise poetry voice. Experimenting live with raw sounds, feedback and a distorted guitar, AnnaO pushed the limits of what we call “poetry” in a singularly magical performance.
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Another greatly varied evening of poetry from Ivy Writers. If you missed it, please enjoy the recordings.

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Author bios

BIOS AND PHOTOS COURTESY OF IVY WRITERS PARIS AND THE AUTHORS, for more information or to follow this reading series please see their blog here, their facebook group here or email your info for their readings emailings at ivywritersparis@gmail.com

Alice Notley has published over thirty books of poetry, including (most recently) Culture of One and Songs and Stories of the Ghouls.  With her sons Anselm and Edmund Berrigan, she edited both The Collected Poems of Ted Berrigan and The Selected Poems of Ted Berrigan Notley has received many prizes and awards including the Academy of American Poets’ Lenore Marshall Prize, the Poetry Society of America’s Shelley Award, the Griffin Prize, two NEA Grants, and the Los Angeles Times Book Award for Poetry.  She lives and writes in Paris, France. For more, see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alice_Notley

Franck André Jamme has authored 15 books of “poetry” since 1981. Recently : Au secret Isabelle Sauvage 2010,  Mantra Box Conférence 2011, Tantra Song Siglio Press 2011, Sotto voce  Isabelle Sauvage 2012. Plus five volumes in English in the United States since 2000 and a number of illustrated books. He was Maître d’oeuvre at Pléiade de René Char and has collaborated with actors and musicians. He is specialized in raw, tantric and tribal arts from contemporary India. He lives between Paris, a village near Sens and his travels. For more info, see: http://www.cipmarseille.com/auteur_fiche.php?id=423

AnnaO is Anne-Olivia Belzidsky, poet, artist and mucisian. She has worked as both a musician as a poet at Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord, at the Trois Baudets, at thé Maison de la Poésie in Paris, at thé Flèche d’Or, at Glaz’art. Her texts have appeared in many publications, notably: Action Poétique, Le Zaporogue, Notopos, Anthologie, biennale internationale des poètes, webSYNradio, a  Droits de Cités workshop journal, RUNBOOK-Art book in progress, RoToR #8 and on the blog « Lex-ICON » – post 63.
She is the author of the collections: Je suis cette chose etc. (7 ex.), Post hoc (7 ex.) and Du verbe since (7 ex.). Her recent album, availible on iTunes, is called AnnaO | « She was a Princess » | (Kwaidan Records / Idol). For more info: http://www.facebook.com/is.AnnaO.etc

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