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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Slowscan #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!
New in our Moloko Print catalogue:
Oliver Harris / William S. Burroughs – The Poetics of Minutes to Go
‘The Poetics of Minutes to Go’, published in Germany by Moloko Plus, is a valuable and beautiful addition to the studies of the cut-up works of William S. Burroughs. Bringing together an expert essay by British academic and Professor of American Literature Oliver Harris and a strong compilation of Burroughs’ cut-up poems, the edition highlights and scrutinizes Burroughs’s cut-up poetry as it was published in ‘Minutes To Go’ (done in collaboration with Brion Gysin, Sinclair Beiles and Gregory Corso in 1959), Floating Bear #24 in 1962 and a small number of later publications.
Harris touches upon the postwar Parisian rive gauche where Burroughs and Gysin internalised and popularised existing dada, neo-dada and deconstructionist techniques. But he also credits their originality in re-inventing these techniques, which in the hands of Burroughs led to hard-core cut-up experiments that broke ground not only for himself but for many other authors to follow. Burroughs’ seemingly casual cut-up poems retain an experimental and brazen deconstructionist quality that is often lost in his cut-up novels. Moloko Plus and Oliver Harris did well to shed light on those.
In this edition Burroughs’ cut-up poems are handsomely combined with ‘Permutations & Interferences’ by Robert Schalinski, who took care of the design as well, while Pociao added an excellent German translation of Harris’ essay. What a beautiful book this has become.
New in our Moloko+ catalogue:
‘Smugglers Train’ is a bilingual compilation of Eddie Woods’s poetry and prose. His poems are published in English, his prose pieces have been translated into German by Pociao. The book contains a fine selection of Woods’s literary works and combines them with some of his intimate b/w photos and collages by London based artist Inga Tillere, who also did a beautiful job designing this great new Moloko+ edition.
German writer Jürgen Ploog (München, 1935) used to work as an airline pilot for 33 years. Transience and the crossing of borders have since been integral to his existence and writings. Ploog’s early literary output gravitated naturally to the cut-up method that William Burroughs and Brion Gysin popularised in the 1960s. His early experiments at cut-ups were published in the satirical magazine ‘Der Metzger’ and in the German Beat magazine ‘Gasolin 23’, which Ploog founded with Carl Weissner and Jörg Fauser in 1971. Since then the cut-up technique has remained an essential component of Ploog’s prose, at first prominently present – like in his hardcore cut-up novels ‘Cola-Hinterland’ (1969) and ‘Die Fickmaschine’ (1970) – and later subdued and overlain by loose episodical structures. ‘Pacific Boulevard’ (1977) and ‘Nächte in Amnesien’ (1980) are examples of those later logbook-like works.
‘Ferne Routen’, published from Schönebeck by Moloko Print, is a compilation of fragments written over the years with Ploog’s alter ego Eddie Grips as a main character. Grips is an anti-hero, a lonely drifter in a cut-up landscape where space and time have defected to non-linear troops. The sands are constantly shifting. The command structures have broken down. Grips is our agent in this unhinged universe. His detached observations from Entropolis trickle in like marrow from the broken ribs of language.
Ploog’s ‘Grips Fragments’ collected in ‘Ferne Routen’ are combined with equally alienating collages by Walter Hartmann, who used to edit ‘Gasolin 23’ with Ploog in the 1970s and 1980s. The book is a new and strong collaboration of two seasoned and expert cut-up artists, beautifully packaged by Robert Schalinski. Order now.