21st October - PtM

The Scottish Writers' Centre presents Poems for the Millennium Volume 3, The University of California Book of Romantic & Post Romantic Poetry, Winner of the 2010 American Book Award from The Before Columbus Foundation.

Thursday 21 October, 7pm. The Clubroom, Centre for Contemporary Arts, 350 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow G2 3JD.

Editors Jerome Rothenberg and Jeffrey C. Robinson will be joined by Scottish poets Aonghas Macneacail, Gerrie Fellows, Tom Leonard, Peter Manson, Jane Goldman reading selections from Poems for The Millennium Vol. 3.

Latin American Poetry Multilingual Reading and Booklaunch - 20th October

Co-sponsored by the Native Spirit Festival and the Poetics Centre at Birkbeck College.

On Wednesday 20th October at 7.30 pm in Room 421, Birkbeck College, Main Building, followed by a reception.

Cecilia Vicuña will be presenting the recently published Oxford Book of Latin American Poetry in Translation. One of the editors of the book, Cecilia Vicuña is a highly respected Chilean poet, performer, and filmmaker. She will be showing a short film of the visual poetry included in the book and reading her work and work by other poets.

Readers from English: Sean Bonney, Ruth Fainlight, Harry Gilonis, Frances Kruk, Stephen Mooney, James O’Hern, William Rowe
Readers from Spanish: Cecilia Vicuña, Albert Pellicer
From Quechua: Cecilia Vicuña
From Latin: Harry Gilonis

The anthology is distinguished from previous anthologies by the inclusion of visual poetry, of native language poetry in Nahuatl, Mapuche, Quechua, Guaraní and Maya, and of avant-gardist poetry, as well as of poetry from the colonial period. It is by far the best anthology available.

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Other Events

Cecilia Vicuña is presenting her film Kon Kon (54 mins) at the Native Spirit Festival on Wednesday 13th October at 7.40 pm at the Amnesty Human Rights Action Centre, 17-25 New Inn Yard, London EC2A 3EA.

The Native Spirit Festival is hosting a poetry reading by Albert Pellicer, Stephen Watts, William Rowe and Cecilia Vicuña at 6.30 pm on Thursday 21st October pm at the Amnesty Human Rights Action Centre, 17-25 New Inn Yard, London EC2A 3EA

Xing the Line - October 13th

William IV, 7 Shepherdess Walk, Shoreditch, London N1 7QE. Wednesday October 13, 7.30. Nearest tube Old Street.

Take exit 1 out of Old Street station and walk up City Road, turning right into Shepherdess Walk at The Eagle. The William IV is a couple of minutes up the road, on the left.

Laurie Duggan, Susana Gardner, Simon Smith.

Laurie Duggan's The Epigrams of Martial is a new and revised edition of the book published by Scripsi in 1989. Peter Craven describes Duggan's MARTIAL as "sensuous, streamlined, and thoroughly unsavoury" and Hugh Kenner called the translations "remarkable." Poet August Kleinzahler contributed an Afterword to this edition.

Susana Gardner’s [lapsed insel weary]: "As the title suggests this is a sequence of articulations on the enduring themes of loss, separation, and messy love: love is always messy. But Gardner does not indulge in the easy clichés of introspection or confession: here she conjures up an hypnotic, somnambulistic symphony of exquisite desolation. 'No man is an island' wrote John Donne but Gardner knows that is only a half truth, especially if you are a woman. Against a backdrop of the sea the breaking waters of waves and birth crash through these pages with a contradictory melancholic joy. Her island is inescapable but it has a bird and it is shot through with the vitality of colour and the colour of tenacious life. Disturbingly beautiful." --Geraldine Monk

London Bridge, Simon Smith’s fourth collection of poetry, is an accessible, funny and immediate book of poems about life in the City amidst the contingent camera-shake and confusions of the everyday. The book concentrates on the experience of living in London – a book which is accessible, contemporary and sassy.

That’s right – sassy.