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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Robert Glück & Stacy Szymaszek

POETRY @ 4 4 3 P A S:
Robert Glück & Stacy Szymaszek

Saturday, May 28, 2011, 6-9 PM
Curated by Alice Whitwham


Please join us for a reading by the poets Robert Glück and Stacy Szymaszek, in conjunction with the exhibition Laurel Sparks: Against Nature.



Robert Glück is the author of nine books of poetry and fiction, including two novels, Margery Kempe and Jack the Modernist, a book of stories, Denny Smith, and a book of poems and short prose, Reader. Glück was Co-Director of Small Press Traffic, Director of The Poetry Center at San Francisco State, and Associate Editor at Lapis Press. He prefaced Between Life and Death, a book of paintings by Frank Moore, and with artist Dean Smith he made the film, Aliengnosis. With Gail Scott, Camille Roy, and Mary Burger, he edited the anthology, Biting The Error: Writers on Narrative. He lives "high on a hill" in San Francisco.

“The transactions between Glück's narrators (they are all 'Bob,' each an incarnation of the author himself) and their objects of erotic interest are broken down into slivers of lubricity and possibility, moments as loaded with a sense of loss and dread as with the potential orgasm [...] Removing the deranging clumsiness of pornography from the erotic, Glück reveals it as a terrain of emotional risk. His Characters, by turns empathetic, authoritative, and contemplative, continually discover their feelings in places excluded from ordinary renderings of love. What the lower deposits in a toilet bowl or ejaculates into a napkin can be a field of study as rich as the human face.

[...] Because Glück emphatically constructs the reality he shows, his reader is always aware of the writer writing; and this translucence is, somehow, an entirely natural element in his work, rather than a conspicuous device. Glück's authorial voice is personal and dispassionate; it is a voice whose very mildness lures one into an orgiastic wilderness without maps or compass. He is an avuncular de Sade."

- Gary Indiana on Denny Smith, Bookforum




Stacy Szymaszek was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in the summer of 1969 and grew up there. She studied at the University of Wisconsin (Milwaukee), graduating in 1991 with a BA in Literature. She is the author of the books Emptied of All Ships (2005) and Hyperglossia (2009), both published by Litmus Press, as well as numerous chapbooks, including Pasolini Poems (Cy Press, 2005), Orizaba: A Voyage with Hart Crane (Faux Press, 2008), Stacy S.: Autoportraits (OMG, 2008), and from Hart Island (Albion Books, 2009). From 1999 to 2005, she worked at Woodland Pattern Book Center in Milwaukee. In 2005, she moved to New York City, where she is the Artistic Director of the Poetry Project at St. Mark's Church.

“Out beyond the laws of kinship, Hyperglossia is equal parts kin with Kathy Acker’s In Memoriam to Identity and kari edwards’s a day in the life of p.. Szymaszek’s book proposes a world of post-mortality nobody can be slain in absentia where bodies and souls are transported trans-oceanically in leaky vessels whose very uselessness argues for a radically queer trans-poetics, a kind of transmigratory being in which identity, like gender a tomb, can only fail because one ceases to exist as this or that thing. Hyperglossia nourishes trans-identity, an ailment not to be treated except with anagrammatic homeopathies sibilant whispers which cure our injured declarations of love by transmuting a language that otherwise falsifies us into wholeness and pretends to fix us. Hyperglossia is the critical form disruption takes to interrupt the regime. This is writing as metempsychosis, activating a movement across bodies and names, species and spaces, making what’s been excluded from sense sensible blown pink omissions where we’re all twice dying between honey and shipwreck.”


- Rob Halpern on Hyperglossia

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