SEA URCHIN NEWS
14.08.2017

New from Moloko Print and Sea Urchin:

Yannis Livadas interviewed by Ben Schot (and five poems)

 

In this slim edition, beautifully designed by Anneke Auer, publisher Ben Schot interviews poet Yannis Livadas about the position of poetry in general. Starting from Filippo Tommaso Marinetti’s violent notion of poetry, the discussion follows a precarious path of its own. Schot’s train of thought clashes with Livadas’s poetic language, but instead of heading for derailment the discussion opens new perspectives amid desolate piles of ashes and brightly burning flames of creation. To this interview five English poems by Livadas and artwork by Schot have been added. The book was jointly published by Moloko Print from Schönebeck and Sea Urchin from Rotterdam in 2017.

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14.08.2017


 
‘Paralyse’ is the title of a novel that Gustav Sack conceived and started in 1913 but never had the chance to finish. The novel was to revolve around the delirious ideas and fantasies of a poet/philosopher who, like Sack’s inspiration Friedrich Nietzsche, suffers from dementia paralytica in the final stages of syphilis. In a letter to his fiancee Paula Harbeck Sack explains that the main character of his novel will be ‘physically completely miserable, incapable to recollect or think logically, while lapsing into the wildest, most fantastic yet optimistic delusions; a glowing embrace of life and at the same time helpless as a child’. Sack’s poem ‘Paralyse’ was written in the same period as the novel (1913-14) and was either meant to be included in it or sprang from the same underlying concept, in which syphilitic deliria serve to fuse contrasting ideas in a sublime nihilistic fire.

the first English translation of this poem has now been published as a Sea Urchin chapbook. ‘Paralysis’ appears in a limited edition of 15 hand made copies. Translation and artwork: Ben Schot.


 

02.07.2017

New in our Moloko+ catalogue:

William Levy – RAPE (with drawings by Scott Neary)

 

William Levy’s controversial short story RAPE was refused by many a publisher in the past, but has now finally been published by Moloko+ from Germany. And how. Combined with drawings by Scott Neary and designed by Robert Schalinski, RAPE has turned into an elegantly transgressive piece of work. Horny … yes. And paranoid … no doubt. But if you think RAPE is obscene, take a closer look at the financial supplement of your newspaper. Or should you feel Levy is revelling in conspiracy theories, feed your paranoia on the history of the Sabbatians, one of whom William Levy has chosen to be the protagonist of his story. Levy summarises his story as follows:

‘RAPE is a rage-out-rapacity fable about free market cannibals devouring themselves. Wolf Filosof is irresistibly magnetic with more than a touch of Sax Rohmer‘s insidious Doctor Fu Manchu in method and approach. When he is not having incredible tantric sex Wolf Filosof sells stolen white children to rich Americans. It‘s part of his faith as an adherent of a sect believing all prohibitions are proactive commands celebrated as a holy activity. This ribald burlesque drolly develops political/porno themes of the chilling unspeakable. Obscenely funny for anyone who can take a joke…’


 

02.07.2017

Slowscan’s Henri Chopin double LP available again:

Henri Chopin – OH audiopoems (2nd edition)

 
Henri Chopin - OH audiopoems (2nd pressing)Slowscan vol. 35 is a re-issue on vinyl of the cassette ‘OH Audiopoems’, which was released on Erik Vonna-Michell’s Balsam Flex label in 1978. The black vinyl double LP contains a powerful selection of pieces by one of the key figures of the European post-war avant-garde. Artist, publisher, filmmaker and poet Henri Chopin (1922-2008) bought his first tape recorder in 1955, after which he started experimenting and pushing his poetic output into the realm of sound poetry. Chopin counts as a pioneer in that field, coupling attitudes and approaches of the early 20th-century avant-garde with new technological possibilities and bringing together in his publications international iconoclasts such as original dadaists Raoul Hausmann and Marcel Janco and post-war lettrists, Fluxus artists and Beat poets such as Gil Wolman, François Dufrêne, Ian Hamilton Finlay, William Burroughs and Brion Gysin. Chopin’s pieces are the result of an uncompromising approach of poetry, in which speech itself is taken apart and put together again in raw and anti-aesthetic compositions.

This Slowscan release is a repress in 300 copies of the popular Slowscan vol. 35, which was released in 2016 and sold out very quickly. The black vinyl double LP comes in a different colour sleeve and with different labels from the first edition’s. Chopin’s explanatory liner notes and a previously unpublished photo of Chopin by Dutch poet Harry Hoogstraten grace the back of the sleeve which was designed by Johnny Van de Koolwijk. Released with the kind permission of the Brigitte Morton/Henri Chopin Estate.


 

05.06.2017

dances-interdites-frontSlowscan #38 now available from Sea Urchin:

Peter Finch – Dances Interdites

 

‘Dances interdites’ was the title of a cassette by Welsh poet Peter Finch that was released in 1982 on Balsam Flex, London. The cassette was a follow-up to Finch’s ‘Big Band Dance Music’, released on the same label two years earlier. Having lost the use of the state-of-the-art recording studios at Cardiff University where ‘Big Band Dance Music’ largely had been produced, Finch turned to the limited possibilities of his domestic cassette recorder for its follow-up. Inspired by Henri Chopin and John Cage, Finch crudely manipulated and vandalized his recorder and microphone for the two excellent pieces ‘Argentina’ and ‘Bright Wind’ that were released as ‘Dances Interdites’ by Balsam Flex. Both pieces have now been re-released by Slowscan on an LP with the same title. In addition to those two recordings, Slowscan vol. 38 contains Finch’s previously unreleased ‘Boogie Slice’ of the same period and ‘Blodeuwedd’ from 1998, both pieces in the same experimental and subversive vein as ‘Dances Interdites’. ‘On Criticism’ and ‘Difficult Discs’, both in collaboration with Bob Cobbing and John Whiting and originally issued on Klinker Zounds in 1988, complete the material of this LP.

This expert compilation makes Slowscan’s ‘Dances Interdites’ an important album with a fine selection of Finch’s open-minded and experimental works. The inner sleeve, with liner notes by Peter Finch, a portrait of Finch by Stuart Smith, a bibliography and a discography, holds interesting information on the Welsh poet and the background of some of his works. And to top all this off, Johnny Van de Koolwijk did a great job designing the sleeves of this album. Let your ears dance those forbidden dances!