Yale Working Group in Contemporary Poetry

Language Beyond Language

Posted in Announcements, Events, Sponsors, WGCP Communications by beineckepoetry on February 2, 2010

On February 12 at 3pm, the WGCP will meet in room 38 at Beinecke Library with Curator Tim Young to discuss Russian Zaum poetry and what Young has called the “pre- and quasi verbal” in books by poets and artists. Young will show an exhibition of rare Zaum books and related materials from the Beinecke Library’s Modern Books and Manuscripts Collection. Information about visiting the Beiencke Library: Beinecke Seminar Room Guidelines.

Examples of Zaum poetry, including Russian and English sound recordings, can be found online in the Getty Center’s outstanding exhibition, “Tango with Cows: Book Art of the Russian Avant-Garde, 1910-1917” curated by Nancy Perloff.

Additional readings:

From Jabberwocky to Lettrism, by Eugène Jolas

To Destroy Language by Craig Dworkin

Image: Cover of Tango with Cows: Ferro-Concrete Poems (Tango s korovami: Zhelezobetonnye poemy) from the Getty exhibition online; PDF version of the book

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  1. Stephen said, on February 2, 2010 at 7:59 pm

    Wonderful project. Love the Tango with Cows cover image.

    Readers might be interested in Di Mezzo Il Mare’s project: showcasing snapshots from authors’ handwritten journals. Online submission to the literary magazine at http://dimezzoilmare.com

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