Category: ABSURDIST LITERATURE

Articles about Modernist and Contemporary Literature in the Absurdist Tradition

HOLE IN THE MIDDLE

In 2012 I was living in Katowice, Poland. One of my favorite days was national donut day. It is a big deal in Poland and in Poland the donuts are very good. They are maybe my favourite donuts in the whole world. There really isn’t a hole in a Polish

THE FLIGHT OF PIGEONS FROM THE PALACE

    from Donald Barthelme’s “The Flight of Pigeons from the Palace”

BEST OF POLISH POETRY IN TRANSLATION

Some awesome translations of Polish poet Grzegorz Wroblewski in Jacket 2.  In conversation with perhaps the most powerful Polish poet of the 20th century. Tadeusz Różewicz. A special issue about Polish poetry after Rozewicz.http://jacket2.org/polish-poetry-after-rozewicz Wroblewski’s poems are translated by Piotr Gwiazda.http://jacket2.org/grzegorz-wroblewski-and-rozewiczThe five poems are over here:http://jacket2.org/poems/five-poems-wroblewski

ELEPHANCHE

Elephanche is a limited edition pamphlet of 12 poemplays written by Marcus Slease and SJ Fowler, and published by Department press in March 2013. It was launched at the Cornerhouse Gallery in Manchester. Cover collage by Tom Raworth. Check it out: http://www.stevenjfowler.com/elephanche  

short poems by Ben Stainton

THEY ARE VERY GOOD. THEY SOMETIMES REMIND OF RICHARD BRAUTIGAN AND EVEN MORE MIKE TOPP. BUT THEY ARE NOT. THEY ARE BEN STAINTON PLUS WHO KNOWS WHAT. LOTS OF THINGS. THESE POEMS MAKE ME FEEL MORE FLUID. I LIKE FEELING FLUID. IT IS BETTER THAN FEELING SOLID. FLUIDS RULE. SOLIDS

ALEXANDER VVEDENSKY

A READING OF THE FABULOUS RUSSIAN ABSURDIST OBERIU POET ALEXANDER VVEDENSKY’S POEM “THE JOYFUL MAN FRANZ.” https://soundcloud.com/marcus-slease/the-joyful-man-franz-by-alexander-vvedensky “pussy riot are Vvedensky’s disciples and heirs. . His principle of bad rhythm is our own” — Pussy Riot (Nadezhda Tolokonnikova;s closing statement at their trial August 2012)  

Zarina Zabrisky

RUSSIAN ABSURDISM MEETS RAW EROTICISM SEX POSITIVE PSYCHOANALYTIC FEMINISM ETC. ETC. ETC. ZARINA ZABRISKY ROCKS!!!

RUSSIAN AMERICAN ABSURDIST FLARF ROCKS

SAW EUGENE OSTASHEVSKY YESTERDAY AT SERPENTINE GALLERY IN LONDON. PIRATES AND PARROTS. BEST READING IN LONG TIME!! RUSSIAN/AMERICAN ABSURDISM!! TERRIFIC!    

REVIEW OF KOPENHAGA IN THREE PERCENT

“What terrifies me in Denmark (the land of Bohr and Kierkegaard, a caring tolerate state, with a high standard of living, etc)? What terrifies me is homo sapiens. Also in Wilanów and other wholly innocent corners of the Earth. What terrifies me is homo sapiens.” (Grzegorz Wroblewski) Nice review of Grzegorz Wroblewski’s

Wiara by Grzegorz Wroblewski

Grzegorz Wroblewski and Amir (on guitar). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2pk1Pr0AROI

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