POETRY, POLITICS, PROVOCATION AND POPULAR CULTURE SINCE 2005
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Poetry at The Rose sponsored by Eyewear: Stone & Irving!
14/03 - 20:00 to late ROSE THEATRE, KINGSTON
Brand new event : MOSAIC brings you the finest in music,
art, comedy, poetry, dance and theatre... a mish mash melting pot of special
performances drawn from far and wide!
Poetry presented by EYEWEAR ~ at 20:30-21:00
JON STONE was born
in Derby and currently lives in Whitechapel. His collection School of Forgery
(Salt, 2012) was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation and also won him an Eric
Gregory Award. He has also edited and published multiple small and large poetry
anthologies through Sidekick Books, the press he co-runs, including the Birdbook
series and the forthcoming Coin Opera 2, an anthology of computer game
KIRSTEN IRVING is one
half of the team behind cult hand-made magazine Fuselit and collaborative poetry
press Sidekick Books. Her pamphlet, What To Do, was released in 2011 by
Happenstance Press and her debut collection, Never Never Never Come Back, was
published in 2012 by Salt Publishing. She won the Live Canon poetry prize in
2011 and currently works as a freelance copywriter and proofreader with the
collective Copy That.
Like a crazed killer clown, whether we are thrilled, horrified, shocked, or angered (or all of these) by Donald Trump, we cannot claim to be rid of him just yet. He bestrides the world stage like a silverback gorilla (according to one British thug), or a bad analogy, but he is there, a figure, no longer of fun, but grave concern.
There has long been a history of misogynistic behaviour in American gangster culture - one thinks of the grapefruit in the face in The Public Enemy, or Sinatra throwing a woman out of his hotel room and later commenting he didn't realise there was a pool below to break her fall, or the polluted womb in Pacino'sScarface... and of course, some gangsta rap is also sexist. American culture has a difficult way with handling the combined aspects of male power, and male privilege, that, especially in heteronormative capitalist enclaves, where money/pussy both become grabbable, reified objects and objectives (The Wolf of Wall Street for instance), an ugly fus…
According to the latest CBS, ABC, etc, polls, Clinton is still likely to beat Trump - by percentile odds of 66% to 33% and change. But the current popular vote is much closer, probably tied with the error of margin, around 44% each. Trump has to win more key battleground states to win, and may not - but he is ahead in Florida...
We will all know, in a week, whether we live in a world gone madder, or just relatively mad.
While it seems likely calmer heads will prevail, the recent Brexit win shows that polls can mislead, especially when one of the options is considered a bit embarrassing, rude or even racist - and Trump qualifies for these, at least.
If 42-45% of Americans admit they would vote for Trump, what does that say about the ones not so vocal? For surely, they must be there, as well. Some of the undecided will slide, and more likely they will slide to the wilder and more exciting fringe candidate. As may the libertarians.
Eyewear predicts that Trump will just about manage to win th…
THE BARBAROUS CENTURY, Leah Umansky HISTORY OF GONE, Lynn Schmeidler SEVERE CLEAR, Maya Catherine Popa GIMME THAT. DON’T SMITE ME, Steve Kronen SCHEHERAZADE AND OTHER REDEPLOYMENTS, David McAleavey AN AMERICAN PURGATORY, Rebecca Gayle Howell SIT IN THE DARK WITH ME, Jesse Lee Kercheval
The shortlist was selected by Eyewear’s Director Todd Swift with Senior Editor Kelly Davio. Don Share of Poetry Magazine will select the winning manuscript, which will be released at the 2017 AWP conference in Washington, D.C. The winner will be announced in October. Congratulations to our finalists!