“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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As one of the founding editors of great weather for MEDIA, I am thrilled to share this news.
As well as publishing the highest quality poetry and prose, great weather for MEDIA loves live events and building strong connections with other arts communities. We are therefore bursting with excitement to announce 3Po3try NYC, a ground-breaking alliance between three of New York City’s most prominent poetry influences in publishing, education, and performance - great weather for MEDIA (poetry publishing, events, open mics), Poetry Teachers NYC (poetry workshops, readings, festivals) and The Inspired Word (poetry open mics, slams, showcases).
Our mission: to build like never before strong connections between the poetry performance, publishing, and educational communities; to celebrate unity, diversity, and excellence through poetry; and to revitalize the city’s poetry scene with something strikingly different.
We will produce quarterly all-star showcases (featuring a dynamic mix of NYC’s finest poetry and spoken word, spiced with original music and live art) hosted in the most gorgeous settings around New York City (galleries, gardens, and performance spaces).
Raining Words is 3Po3try NYC‘s debut event on Saturday April 12th at the Pomegranate Gallery in New York City’s SoHo. We have an astounding line-up of poets, spoken word artists, plus musicians and artists to add even more excitement to the night. See you there!
Poetiscape radio interview archive with Rich Ferguson 11/03/2013
An in-depth interview with Rich Ferguson (author of 8th & Agony, Punk Hostage Press) covering the great weather for MEDIA tour, NYC poetry, my background in art, and more.