for the last few years ive been working at talks that ive
been calling “talk poems” because i see all poetry as
some kind of talking which is some kind of thinking
and because ive never liked the idea of going into a
closet to address myself over a typewriter what kind
of talking is that? ive gotten into the habit of going
to some particular place with something on my mind
but no particular words in my mouth looking
for a particular occasion to talk to particular people in a
way i hope is valuable for all of us”
from Tuning 1984 New Directions
You are invited to a new talk piece by the American poet David Antin.
The performance will take place at the Cabinet Gallery on Thursday 12th November 2009 at 7.00pm. This is the first time this important American artist has performed in the UK, and given the limited space available we would appreciate it if you would RSVP to let us know if you are able to attend.
Antin is, in his own words, “committed to a poetry of thinking – not of thought but of thinking”.
This thinking, like a work in progress, taking the shape of language, within the context of the gallery, represents, for us, a highly relevant and contemporary form.