ABOUT NORMA COLE Norma Cole is a poet, painter and translator. She is the author of Spinoza in Her Youth, Natural Light, Where Shadows Will: Selected Poems, 1988—2008, and, most recently, Win These Posters and Other Unrelated Prizes Inside. A book of essays and talks, To Be at Music, has been …
ABOUT NORMA COLE
Norma Cole is a poet, painter and translator. She is the author of Spinoza in Her Youth, Natural Light, Where Shadows Will: Selected Poems, 1988—2008, and, most recently, Win These Posters and Other Unrelated Prizes Inside. A book of essays and talks, To Be at Music, has been published. Her translations from the French include Jean Daive’s A Woman with Several Lives, Fouad Gabriel Naffah’s Mind-God and the Properties of Nitrogen, Danielle Collobert’s It Then, and Crosscut Universe: Writers on Writing from France. Cole has received awards from the Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation, Gertrude Stein Awards, the Fund for Poetry, and the Foundation for Contemporary Arts. She teaches at the University of San Francisco.
ABOUT JULIAN T. BROLASKI
Julian Talamantez Brolaski is the author of Advice for Lovers (City Lights 2012), gowanus atropolis (Ugly Duckling Presse 2011), and co-editor of NO GENDER: Reflections on the Life & Work of kari edwards (Litmus Press / Belladonna Books 2009). Julian lives in Brooklyn where xe is an editor at Litmus Press and plays country music with Juan & the Pines (www.reverbnation.com/juanandthepines). New work is on the blog hermofwarsaw.
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Robert Kelly Robert Kelly is the co-director of the Program in Written Arts at Bard College. His first book of poems was published in 1961 and his most recent books in prose are the novel The Book from the Sky (North Atlantic/Random) and his fifth collection of shorter fiction, The Logic of the World…
Robert Kelly is the co-director of the Program in Written Arts at Bard College. His first book of poems was published in 1961 and his most recent books in prose are the novel The Book from the Sky (North Atlantic/Random) and his fifth collection of shorter fiction, The Logic of the World (McPherson & Co.). He has also written substantial texts responding to work by Brigitte Mahlknecht, Philip Taaffe, Nora Jaffe, Matt Phillips, Heide Hatry, Sherry Williams, Barbara Leon, Nathlie Provosty, Susan Quasha and others. Kelly lives in the Hudson Valley with his wife, the translator Charlotte Mandell.
But if you burn a log a wolf has pissed on
in deep winter but it’s summer now
some strange night cold sugars of his appetites
will dance in smoke above the franklin stove
filling the parlor with outrageous schemes
lust and bite and midnight chase
close that old book
old wolf is trotting still
no need for memory
forget the meat you bit or bite
don’t let melody resolve
so quick inside the harmony your head
the malady of intercourse
there are sentence patterns here
you have to learn from listening
the opal sky gives way to grey and then to pearl
a little rain a little wind and thou
asleep beside me be wilderness enow
I wolf my way through the light
guided by cloud contours
brisk northwind shoves the sky out to sea
secateurs and flowers
only voices here no people
bodies come later
after the linguistic conventions are established
it’s time for meat
and Entities come down to the surface of earth
to take up residence in the pronouns
to inhabit the language they had to make
flesho-mechanical bodies to manifest and control
the organs of articulation needed to speak
then ears to hear then hands to cover them
when the information grows too thick
and the Entity yearned for opalescent repose
east of the sea
where the strayed voluptuary tries to think of something else
only the images count
ignore the propositions
they’re just armatures
to wind our bright things on
that teach us how to be and touch and to mean,
only the images
the story’s for the sake
only of the instruments deployed
the scythe and the haystack, lipstick in the canoe.
I saw you part your lips last night
standing beside the bed I got in first
for a change you were putting lip balm on
standing there in your blue peignoir
and this is heaven I understood,
Eden was an accidental suburb of this moment
a cluttered Levittown of heaven,
heaven that is here now, thingly and will-free,
apocalypse of This.
Anna Moschovakis is a poet, translator, and editor. Her most recent books are You and Three Others Are Approaching a Lake (Coffee House Press, 2011), and The Jokers (New York Review of Books, 2010), a translation of La violence et la Dérision by Egyptian-French novelist Albert Cossery. She is also the author of a previous book of poems, I Have Not Been Able to Get Through to Everyone (Turtle Point Press, 2006), and translator of novels by Annie Ernaux and Georges Simenon. She teaches at Pratt Institute and in the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College. Moschovakis is also a longtime member of Brooklyn-based publishing collective Ugly Duckling Presse. She lives in South Kortright, New York.
from Death as a Way of Life
1. Life is not fair
2. How can I be happy while others suffer
3. How can I not be happy while others suffer
4. Others will suffer whether or not I am happy
5. It is not the suffering of others that causes my happiness
6. It is not the not-suffering of others that causes my unhappiness
I have been attracted to the idea that naming is a form of violence
but does that mean we should go around calling everyone Hey You
which seems like another sort of violence
even though it is a way of recognizing the other
What can be said on this point?
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With Svetlana Boym, David Graeber, and Tom McDonough Since Dia’s inception in 1974, the issue of monumentality has been a recurring object of examination, emerging in several landmark artist commissions. Dia’s sponsorship of outdoor works by James Turrell, Walter De Maria, Michael Heizer, and …
With Svetlana Boym, David Graeber, and Tom McDonough
Since Dia’s inception in 1974, the issue of monumentality has been a recurring object of examination, emerging in several landmark artist commissions. Dia’s sponsorship of outdoor works by James Turrell, Walter De Maria, Michael Heizer, and Joseph Beuys, as well as architectural interventions by Dan Flavin and Robert Irwin, demonstrates a sustained interest in promoting approaches to the monumental as a critical or truncated principle at work in public spaces. Moreover, critical revisions of the notion of monument are a recurrent motif in various Dia commissions and exhibitions, including Thomas Hirschhorn’s Gramsci Monument (July - September 2013) and the upcoming retrospective Carl Andre: Sculpture as Place, 1958-2010 (to open May 2014).
In 2013-14, the cycle of Discussions in Contemporary Culture will bring together artists, architects, scholars, and writers to address today’s monuments and counter-monuments as effigies of the multifarious forces at work in global society, and to examine the current possibilities—even the need—for a redefinition of this important concept.