Memory Fictions

Memory Fictions from Jeffrey Side’s Argotist press (The Argotist Online) “continues Lawrence Upton’s restless investigation into the renewal of poetry. It is, in part, also a record of his recent formal exploration of notation (in this case of texts for two voices) to disambiguate typed text without being overly directive.” The work (a freely downloadable ebook) is “an affirmation” by Upton — past collaborator with Bob Cobbing and curator, since Cobbing’s death in 2002, of London’s Writers Forum — of the “importance of performance as the full realisation of a poem; poems written and presented to support performers inherently; and, in its structures and composition, it represents, though quietly, a new direction in his writing.” A selection from Memory Fictions appears in VLAK 3.

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