wonderful poster made by Michael Cross - second version edited for those with fragile eyes! - this will be a great reading to end our year, celebrating Keston Sutherland’s autumn presence and winter departure and welcoming Lynn Xu during her visit. NOTE: Keston Sutherland will hold a Great Companions: Wordsworth class at BAPS Sunday 11/24 at 7pm click for more info
There is a painting by Klee called Angelus Novus. It shows an angel who seems about to move away from something he stares at. His eyes are wide, his mouth is open, his wings are spread. This is how the angel of history must look. His face is turned toward the past. Where a chain of events appears before us, he sees one single catastrophe, which keeps piling wreckage upon wreckage and hurls it at his feet. The angel would like to stay, awaken the dead, and make whole what has been smashed. But a storm is blowing from Paradise and has got caught in his wings; it is so strong that the angel can no longer close them. This storm drives him irresistibly into the future to which his back is turned, while the pile of debris before him grows toward the sky. What we call progress is this storm.
On November 17th, we welcomed Jackqueline Frost into Lightrail Studios to discussThe Antidote (Compline 2013). The book is a long poem divided into four sections. The content deals with the economic and social critiques of the Occupy movement, as well as the pondering of how gender and queer-ness interact with that movement. She talks about how when reading the book now, new meaning surfaces for her from when it was written. The poem emerged after she had done a good deal of critical and theoretical writing, “trying to engage critically with the events that were going on.” The fact that the poem was written in reaction to a social movement is evident in the way it interacts with Jackqueline’s writing community. She includes other writers in the book through epigrams. She and Evan Kennedy wrote their books (Kennedy’s book Terra Firmament just came out from Krupskaya) at the same time and they exchanged their work throughout the process. As has been discussed on earlier shows, we talked about if art and/or poetry can be transformative in the larger society.
At the end, Jackqueline gave information about the queer reading series she is curating, called Red Element, at the n/a gallery in Oakland. David Brazil’s The Ordinary (Compline 2013), is the “twin” book to The Antidote. Jackqueline, Evan and David books are being framed as a trilogy, so check them all out!