Carol Watts and Leslie Scalapino
introduced by Robert Grenier
Tuesday March 27, 2007
6:00 pm @ Café Royale
800 Post (at Leavenworth), free
• Carol Watts visits from London. Her chapbook brass, running was published by Equipage (2006) and her book of prose chronicles alphabetise exhibited at the Museum of Art in Bury, Manchester, in 2005. Wrack, her first poetry collection, is due from Reality Street. She is a Senior Lecturer in the School of English and Humanities, Birkbeck, University of London, where she co-organises the Centre for Poetics, and author of Dorothy Richardson (1995) and The Cultural Work of Empire: The Seven Years’ War and the Imagining of the Shandean State (2007).
The absence of harm is not the place to begin.
In the mildness of. Seasons, insufficient leaf
fall, they hang on. By the last thread, needing.
Definition, the gasp of frost. To let go. I know
what it is and then I do not, this game. Quietens
us down. If you break it open why, is there only
this silence, cracked open, the salt of other....
Carol Watts, 2006
• Leslie Scalapino is the author of over twenty books of fiction, poetry, plays and criticism. Her long poem way received the Poetry Center Book Award, the Lawrence Lipton Prize, and the American Book Award.
“her work is infused with a seriousness, a passion, a timeliness, and an intelligence with which we profoundly identify” —Lydia Davis