Sunday 22 March 2009

Steve McCaffery

reading from Carnival, Instal 2009, The Arches
Sat 21st March, Glasgow


A leading Yorkshire/ Canadian language/ action/ sound poet since the early 70's.


He'll be performing his groundbreaking typewriter concrete poem Carnival. It's a beautiful, dizzying mandala of text, symbols, fonts and rubber stamps. And it's a kind of book as reading machine.


In trying to sound the symbols (%%%..), runs of continuous letters (NZNNNZ..) and snatches of found text, Carnival, and Steve's performance emphasise the visual qualities of language. It's a kind of wander through a labyrinth of text as sound, full of exclamations, pops, clicks and absurd humour.

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