All posts tagged: UbuWeb

How far ‘outside’ is the poetry of diaspora ?

I often wonder at the definition of Outsider Poetry just a little bit, and have made allusions to the poetry of diaspora before now on this blog. Of course the poetry of  alienation/diaspora, be it in the wake of cataclysm, war or economic circumstance is more than just that. The exilic condition forms a thread in world literature that we recognise historically in the poems of the dispossessed, that are so beautifully edited and collected in An Duanaire , for instance. Blogs and websites dedicated to the dissemination of the poetry of nomadics, meanderings and exile are (and have been) online for a while, even if they comprise a marginalia. The PENs, Arvon, and UBUWEB  amongst others consistently and brilliantly bring forward the voice of the diasporist. For instance, there are manifestos dedicated to the art of poetics grounded in the experience of the writer/artist available on multiple sites, and of course on the International PEN site, (TLRC) My first experience of reading a diasporist manifesto was in 1995, when I bought The First Diasporist Manifesto by RB Kitaj, I was intrigued by his approach to his art and by the manifesto which  served as the invisible architecture that underpinned his Tate retrospective. I thought to excerpt a short paragraph here to illustrate the …

Online sounds , the spoken word.

Writers encounter archives mostly, and sound-work is no exception, for instance I encountered UBUWEB whilst researching Celtic mouth Music and Joesph Beuys. Kenneth Goldsmith’s idea to make film, poetry and music available online was sheer avant-gardeism. I have written about UBUWEB before now here, and I recommend the Poetry Foundation link at the top of this page as an introductory to what has been happening online in terms of dissemination across literary genres. Other access points include the major US universities who archive readings, the first link of that type included here is of Allen Ginsberg reading ‘Epithalamion‘ (Reed Edu) linked in the Threads section, which runs down the left-hand column of the Poethead site, and YouTube. YouTube has a wealth of surprising poetry readings, including the unforgettable first-time I heard Sylvia Plath reads ‘Daddy‘ (BBC recording). I have also added some Bachmann and Schwitters (Anna Blume) on to Poethead, though I must admit to  under-using sounds on this site. Poet‘s Pages has a ‘Spoken Word’ section, allowing mp3 uploads. I am recommending today a huge cache of Kerouac poetry , that I got via email. Coolidge on Kerouac (Pennsound) , and the Clark Coolidge Pennsound pages. “ After all, …