“Four decades after the Beatles landed in America came another British Invasion; to wit, the arrival of Jane Ormerod on the New York poetry scene in 2004, an event which was no less swoon-and-gasp-worthy. Suffice it to say, we Yankees are mighty glad she crossed the pond.
So, welcome to the Museum of Cattle, indeed. Welcome to a bawdy barnyard of a book that renders Orwell’s Animal Farm as tame as a petting zoo. Wherein our heroine, in the guise of a Cockney cowgirl, throws out enough red meat to raise cholesterol levels, while simultaneously raising the literary bar. Seemingly spawned from the loop-and-surprise prose of John Ashbery, with a bit of Gertrude Stein’s playful rhythm, Jane Ormerod adds her own fierce and urgent glossolalia. You will find no swaying grass or gentle heifers lowing here; despite the title, this is poetry drawn from the fist of the city, in all its swagger and grit and grandeur. Naysayers of experimental poetry be damned- Ormerod delightfully assaults our senses with language turned on its ear, and the result is a stunning salvo of sonics. Yet, for all her oblique bent and disparate juxtapositions, Ormerod sets a tone which creates a connective chain of lucid thought and meaning. Methinks that Shakespeare would say there’s a “method to her badness.” He would also, as a fellow Brit, proclaim her simply brill.”
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Wednesday September 24, 7:00 – 9:00pm
85 E 4th St
MadHat Presents Live, the reading series formerly known as “Poetry, Prose, and Anything Goes” returns to its birthplace, the KGB Bar for an evening of literature with Jane Ormerod, Marc Vincenz, Tod Thilleman, Jonathan Penton, Sarah Sarai and Willis Gordon, along with a special guest appearance by Su Polo.
So proud of great weather for MEDIA’s latest anthology, I Let Go of the Stars in My Hand. It’s a fearless, dynamic collection of contemporary poetry and short fiction by established and emerging writers from across the United States and beyond. Contributors include John Amen, Rob Cook, Rosie Garland, Aimee Herman, Ron Kolm, Katharyn Howd Machan, Al Ortolani, and John Sibley Williams. The anthology also has an interview with John Sinclair – the legendary jazz/blues poet, former manager of the MC5, radio host, and activist.
It was tough but rewarding choosing the work – and we can’t wait to read the next submissions.
Be sure to visit the great weather for MEDIA website and see what we are up to.
Thrilled to be reading out in at the poetry barn in Huntingdon with Geraldine Green and David Baratier. Hosted by George Wallace
Friday July 18 2014
2 High St
An open mic follows the features.
A Highly-Disruptive Performance Event Hell Bent on Blowing Minds
Another celebration for the the tremendous anthology Maintenant 8: A Journal of Contemporary Dada Writing and Art from Three Rooms Press. I’m thrilled to be involved in both east and west coast launches.
Featured performers include performance artist-musician Exene Cervenka (X, The Knitters), famed playwright-poet Doug Knott (Last of the Knotts), performance poet extraordinaire Linda J. Albertano, award-winning Los Angeles poet-performer Laurel Ann Bogen, Mike M. Mollett and Neal Skooter Taylor (LA Dada), Joanie Hieger Fritz Zosike and Robert Hieger (dadaNY), and New York-based British/American performance poet Jane Ormerod. Additional performers include poet-playwright Jan Michael Alejandro, poet Marie Lecrivain, Fluxus artist Bibiana Padilla Maltos and poet-performer Christian Georgescu. Three Rooms Press co-directors and New York-based performance artists Peter Carlaftes and Kat Georges will host.
Saturday June 21 @ 3:30 to 6:00 pm
681 Venice Blvd
Venice, CA 90291
Special Admission: General $10, Students, Seniors & BB Members $5.