Spoken Word June 11 2012

Report by Alberto.
Round I
Patrick Cash, Pierre P-Air Purdy, Anass, Lucy Gelman, Kate Noakes, and our featured poet the Dada Jazz Surrealist Maestro Valery Oisteanu:

From the poem “Doctorine” by P-Air Purdy:

“they can't see Phd but
come to lick blood from
fresh idea

when the meats gone they nip
at fingers
the hand go in pulsing shards”

Peace, love and taco grease.

Round II
Magda, Patrick, Benjamin, Helen, Pablo about Bisexuality: “Pick a fuckin team!”
Andrea, Caroline and our featured dancer Lore. More Lore? Here.
Well, we didn’t have a tree at the Chat Noir.
Round III
Ewan translating Garcia Lorca. Tino. Hiroko Kouno. Kelly. Patrick. James and Dena. Rollin’ on.
Further reading:

Helen O’Keefe from The Angry Lutemaker:

Bartolommeo  -      My first night at Grimaldi, the DINA agents gave me the bienvenida.  You arrive, blindfolded, then ten, fifteen of them, they beat you in silence.  They broke both my arms, but I was one of the few whose family could afford to pay for them to be re-broken and reset.

He stretches out his arms wide, in the pose of the monolithic christ of Rio de Janeiro.

Bartolommeo  -    See look how straight my arms are!

Y  -    Like a hammering hero in an old Soviet monument.  No man with biceps like that could be a capitalist parasite.

Bartolommeo  -     I wish I could take out my brain, to show you how well it too has mended.  My parents sent me to a bourgeois Freud doctor, was interesting, but I told them I’d do better with my art.   In Grimaldi, I acted in my head, for example, in isolation, I improved all Tony Curtis’s roles.  I would be sitting in ripe shit but really I was laughing on a yacht with Marilyn Monroe. No, I cannot take out my brain, but I can tell you about the roses.   I was in a cell with a window for a while, outside was this old rose garden,  planted from before.  DINA agents took the women and raped them there, even they trained a dog to rape.  The screams of the women and the barks of the raping dog would mix with the smell of roses.  I could not stand to look out at them, their smell was sad to me.

Then Anne said I must try to enjoy roses again, and so now I have my roses made of silk. Look!

See you next Monday!

Paris Writers' Workshop Lecture Series from June 25 - 29th

PARIS WRITERS WORKSHOP – Afternoon Lecture Series
June 25 – 29, 2012

Open to the public [but not free! - SpokenWord editor] the lecture series covers many aspects of writing and publishing. Registration is required and space is limited.

Tools of the Trade (PWU256)
Monday, June 25
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Fee : 15€
Panelists: Samantha Chang, Kate McMullan, Kathleen Spivack, Christopher Tilghman

This panel is designed to share the talent and experience of our expert Writers-in-Residence with the entire PWW community. PWW attendees work intensively with just one of our accomplished faculty members, but these well-seasoned writers/teachers all have valuable information that should be available to all workshop attendees. Join us for what promises to be the ultimate lesson in “Tools of the Trade.”

How To Structure A Good Story: Beginnings, Middles, and Endings (PWU257)
Monday, June 25
3:45 PM - 5:00 PM
Fee : 15€
Panelist: Jami Bernard

This workshop, sometimes called SOS or secrets of structure, will review the basics of good story structure. Does your plot need help? Do you need to review the basic elements of structure. How will you craft a compelling beginning, middle, and end? In SOS, you’ll learn how to get a working structure for your fiction or memoir and how to create a blueprint for identifying the “beats” that shape and drive your story.

Secrets of Getting Published (PWU261)
Tuesday, June 26
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Fee : 50€
Special Workshop with Jami Bernard

We are pleased to add a special afternoon session on Tuesday, June 26, free for all workshop attendees. This three-hour presentation is a step-by-step guide to  getting published, including

How do you know when your book is ready?
The role of the agent/editor/publisher
The truth about the writing life
Why you need an agent and how to find one
Preparing your pitch
Publishing options
The ten biggest mistakes that keep writers from getting published
Tips for first-time authors

Literary Trends: Self-Publishing and E-Books (PWU271)
Wednesday, June 27
2:00 PM - 3:15 PM
Fee : 15€
Panelists: Stephen Clarke, Mary Duncan,
Gretel Furner, Timothy Smith

What’s going on in the literary world today? With the technology of the 21st century transforming our lives and with brick-and-mortar bookstores disappearing in cyberdust, everything is changing. Join an expert panel as they discuss the pros and cons of self-publishing and the advantages and pitfalls of eBooks … which we know are here to stay.

The Wide World of Nonfiction: From Memoir to Food to Travel (PWU272)
Wednesday, June 27
3:30pm to 4:45pm
Fee : 15€
Panelists: Alec Lobrano, Mimi Schwartz, Thirza Vallois

Nonfiction opportunities are endless. This lively and diverse panel will discuss the similarities and differences in writing for a range of nonfiction niches (from travel writing to restaurant reviews to essays to memoirs) and will include some helpful tricks and tips for discovering your voice, polishing your work, pitching yourself and your ideas, and finding publication channels.

Welcome to the 21st Century: How to Use Blogs and Social Media (PWU281)
Thursday, June 28
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Fee : 15€
Panelists: Sion Dayson, Terrance Gelenter, Adrian Leeds

These days you almost have to write a blog and have a passion for tweeting to make yourself heard, and, even then, it’s a fight to find room in cyberspace. To talk about these phenomena, we have assembled a true panel of experts. They’ll talk about their own steps to finding their audience and online voice, as well as steps writers might take to promote and publicize their work … and find a publisher. 

The Role of the Agent (PWU282)
Thursday, June 28
3:15 PM - 4:45 PM
Fee : 15€
Panelists: Paul Schmidtberger & our visiting Literary Agents (Lorella Belli, Kimberley Cameron, and Louise Greenberg)

Our panel of literary agents and a writer who has worked both with and without an agent will talk about the role of the agent, what the agent looks for in a writer and in a manuscript, and how the agent helps a client through all phases of development and promotion.

Report from 4th June...

By David
Photos by Marie De Lutz

Shane, last seen somewhere near the Bois de VIncennes.

Round 1:

Dareka spoke the language of asteroids. He co-hosts the poetry night at the Downtown, 46 rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud, Mondays - check it out, it's like a parallel universe in which we're all French).Benjamin brought us the planet of the flakes. The comedy sketches show he's in is on this Wednesday at the Petit Theatre du Bonheure, (info here). Melanie: the glowing butter brilliance of the waxing moon. Pablo... drags your body into a bathful of ink. David (me!): heart is slow, heart is quick. Pat Cash was full of demons, dawn, gods... Celine: no bit can keep her tongue quiet. Apparently this was a response to me asking her previously ''What do you do with your tongue when you're not using it?'' Kate: archery and silicon; revealing the past is dangerous.

The moment when Helen has her big idea about castration 

Round 2:
Nicole plunged into the abyss of love; broke a tooth in the lost room of lost hearts. Murder (also from Downtown's poetry night) has it gravé dans son coeur. Helene has a plan to eliminate war by turning men into castrati. Michele brought news from his earthquake-riven home town in Italy in My Secret Earthquake. Alec dissected an accordionist in the metro. Andrea sang. Beatrice arrived on the stage, sang God Save the Queen then ripped off various clothes and wig to reveal herself as someone else entirely! Christian saw lives bound for a collision; a selfish dream of fleeing what is essential. Alberto discoursed on drugs in frog-lickin' poetry. ''Don't let them change you'' he intoned.

God Save the Queen!

Round 3:
I lost my pen so don't have notes for this. Which was great as I forgot about the report and enjoyed listening more. I do remember we had Shane's thoughts on Paris (now available in an extremely limited edition book made by Louisa), Billy, Pierre, Evan, Elena, Lucile... and 2 fantastic slam poets in town for the slam competition run by Cabaret Populaire/Culture Rapide: Harry Baker from England: news from a paper people world. Tobias Erehed from Sweden, with an account of how Swedish children become the flat, repressed Swedish adults we all know and love. They were definitely the big finish of the night.  

Tonight - June 11th, we have a Featured Reader, Valery Oisteanu, and hopefully a dancer. Be there! Sign up from 8pm, 3 rounds starting 9pm. Hopefully Alberto arriving back from Russia to host.

Bio of Valery Oisteanu:
Valery Oisteanu is a writer and artist with international flavor. Born in Russia (1943) and educated in Romania. Immigrating to New York City in 1972, he has been writing in English for the past 40 years. 
He is the author of 11 books of poetry, a book of short fiction and a book of essays: ”The AVANT-GODS”(in progress). A new collection of poetry with collage illustrations titled   “Perks in Purgatory” appeared in” Fly by Night Press” New York, 2009.
For the past 10 years he is a columnist at New York Arts Magazine and art critic for Brooklyn Rail 
As a performer his style is : Jazz + poetry = Jazzoetry


Faculty Poetry Reading

Monday, June 4
7 p.m.

David Barnes
Margo Berdeshevsky
Jeffrey Greene
Marilyn Hacker
Heather Hartley
Ellen Hinsey
Cecilia Woloch

Please join us for an evening of poetry by the faculty of the University of Southern California’s “Poet in Paris” Program, hosted by The American University of Paris.
Book-signing and reception to follow.

The American University of Paris
Room C-12
6, rue du Colonel Combes, 75007
  Metro Invalides or RER Pont D l'Alma

Spoken Word Paris 28/05/2012

Report by Alberto
Photos by Marie De Lutz

Three Rounds, Two Breaks, One birthday, 24 performances, two glasses broken, six songs, one love, sisters, brothers, sweat, swearing, swowing wows. P-Air: we are like the wine we get better with age. David Barnes learned to dance this week, when Jazz is not a noun, it’s a verb. Gabriel & Friends staging Sarah Kane, Pansy Maurer-Alvarez says years can be used like conspirators, Magda’s ten seconds, Billy Youngblood about Danton and Pigeons shitting:

From "Breathe Deep!"

"faster now than we were before
 faster than the limit with elation

 towards home, towards a wedding
 somewhere out there someone is dying
 somewhere ahead there are movies to be seen
           that cannot be unseen"

                                                                         Round II. 

Michele Morselli about poets writing in Cafès, buying just one coffee and waiting one hour for the right line. Andrea at the piano. Joy Crane went political on her 20th Birthday (Happy Birthday!), Evan translating Borges, Sonny Sinatra Shula did it his way, Alberto Rigettini’s Paris Highlights: Dealing with the Evil Waiters. (Waiters don’t want to be waiters). Lewis National Geographic’s french flyes fucking on my arm.
                                                                            Round III.

Lucy Gelman: “a clear and empty birdness of a thing.” Beatrice and the story of Persephone: A Myth of Devotion by Louise Gluck. Marius pleases the audience with a Norvegian Child song to get more applause. I noticed: it works. Helen’s from her laptop. Tino at the piano singing his song about La Gueule De Bois. Translation: The Hangover. La Resaca. I Postumi. Der Kater. Georgina introducing Unstrung Letter N: The Paradoxical Theory of Change by David Barnes. Lucy Hopkins is back: “Dear God, I know a group of people who say they know you but they seem a little bit unstable.” Camille’s last song in Paris. Margaux: “Dit moi Jacques Vous ve souvenez de la derniere fois vous etez heraux?  Hommage a Guy Debord.

Chelsea & Shirley’s everyday life in Paris like “Do you wanna meet Deandre?” And a collective song orchestrated by Betty. Spoken and unspoken words leave the room empty but will gather again
next Monday.

The Paradoxical Theory of Change UNSTRUNG LETTERS David Barnes SUNDAY 3rd June 20h

talk/discussion by David Barnes
They lied to you!
The self does not exist. The past and future do not exist. There is no causality.
And if you want to change the secret is to stop trying to.
This and more will be explained in my open talk on Gestalt Psychotherapy.
Touching on how body posture holds character, healing is through risking authentic meeting with another human being, the ways we avoid doing so, how we block our own natural growth process and much more!
Lose your head and come to your senses!
Or stagnate and die…
This Sunday 8pm I’m tallking on The Paradoxical Theory of Change and Gestalt Psychotherapy… open to debate with all comers at UNSTRUNG LETTERS in Au Chat Noir….76 rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud 75011 Come! Listen! Question!
David Barnes
who is at the end of the 4th year of hugely expensive psychotherapy training at Metanoia, London