“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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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.
Hyped to be joining the Sparring with Beatnik Ghosts crew again.
Thursday June 19
6:30 to 8:45 pm
Donald Wright Auditorium
Pasadena Main Library
285 E Walnut St
Pasadena, CA 91101
Featuring STEVE ABEE, JIM BABWE, CALOKIE, DON KINGFISHER CAMPBELL, MARVIN LOUIS DORSEY, JOE GARDNER, LALO KIKIRIKI, RAUNDI KAI-MOORE KONDO, BETTY NUDE, JANE ORMEROD, LISA MARIE SANDOVAL, MATT SEDILLO, and DANIEL YARYAN.
Ooh, I’m excited about this…
E.P.I.C (Every Performer/ance Is Collaborative) 12 Collective is bringing you a whole new cast of 12 (musicians, singer/songwriters, poets, comedians) in our FINAL season show before we bridge gaps internationally. $10 cover 100% of proceeds go to the performers.
Our year in review/past shows
Who’s who this season:
Hosted by Big Pony Comedy Show’s Mike Brown and Molly Austin
Thursday June 26 @ 6:30 pm
The Parkside Lounge
317 E Houston St (@Attorney)
New York, NY 10002