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Conceptual Poetics exhibition and opening night at The Poetry Library

17 May

Conceptual poetics takes Marcel Duchamp’s approach to visual art and extends it to poetry.

Join us at the opening of this exhibition and enjoy a glass of wine while listening to readings from some of the poets and publishers associated with this avant-garde poetic practice.

The conceptualist movement has become perhaps the most contested but also one of the most popular movements in contemporary poetry. Focusing on poets and artists in the current UK scene, this exhibition features work published by presses such as if p then q, Information as Material and ZimZalla.

The Poetry Library at Royal Festival Hall

Admission is free but space is limited. Email specialedition@poetrylibrary.org.uk to reserve your place.

The Poetry Library Open Day 2015 |The End of the Poem | 08th Nov

2 Oct

This one day event features Stephen Emmerson’s recent if p then q publications Poetry Wholes and Family Portraits.

Are the old ways of writing poetry finished? Will the poems of the future be written by machines? Is it possible to take up Ezra Pound’s challenge and ‘make it new’?

What will future poetry movements look like? And will poetry continue to play a role in social change as we head further into a world led by data?

Come along to our open day to tackle these questions. Work on display includes creations by those who have returned to traditional printing methods in response to digital, poets who are addressing what the future city might look like (and those who are returning to nature) and poets who are challenging capitalism and looking for a different system of political order for the future.

Explore the alternate worlds of science-fiction poetry and decide if poetry really can be written without any words. You can also discover The Poetry Library’s staff picks from the past year.

Poets, writers and artists on display from the library’s extensive collections include Katherine Angel, Blaise Cendrars, John Christie, Kenneth Goldsmith, James Hoff, Ron King, Robert Macfarlane and Claudia Rankine.

Midday to 7pm

St Paul’s Roof Pavilion at Royal Festival Hall

At 8pm, join us for a free live event in The Poetry Library to hear poets Vahni Capildeo, Hannah Silva and James Wilkes read new work in response to The End of the Poem.

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