American Avant-Garde Performance Poetry: Hedwig Gorski's Early Career by ArthurPoe []
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Intoxication : Heathcliff on Powell Street

by Hedwig Gorski; Joy Cole, performance poet.

  Print book  |  [Collector's ed.]

American Avant-Garde Performance Poetry: Hedwig Gorski's Early Career   (2011-04-22)


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by ArthurPoe

Insights of a time and place where artists were risky and inventive without limits. The book has two editions, but mainly the same content filled by lovely black and white photography of the people populating this unique theater troupe. At its helm is avant garde artist Hedwig Gorski fresh out of art school, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, looking for found non-actors to play the roles in the neo-verse drama of poetry for voices, a precursor to "performance poetry" the genre she named and invented. This is writing poetry for voice only and not for print or voice readings of printed poetry. Her background is in painting and grew into media by virtue of her associations. Seems she liked the Beat Generation writers' penchant for outlaws and social misfits who seemed to be most in touch "with an authentic life uncluttered by useless kitche and garbage." I read this quote in a blog that published and intereview with Gorski, the artist turned performance poet turned scholar and writer/poet/media artist. It is called an art-memoir and contains Gorski's intro and epilogue recalling the events etc. with the Booby, Mama! script in total, Joy Cole's epistolary journal Letter to Krystal about the troupe rehearsing in an abandoned house on Powell Street, and trips to a Texas biker honky tonk Spellman's Bar around the corner in Austin. This is old Austin before SXSW film and music took it over when it was like a southwestern Greenwich Village. What a scene. Must be read. Has flavor.

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