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BOMB 140 Summer 2017

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Interviews

John Giorno by Verne Dawson

A pioneer of New York’s downtown scene in the ’60s and ’70s recalls how he found his vocation as a poet.

Lidia Yuknavitch by Porochista Khakpour

Writing with the body as her touchstone, the novelist channels a woman warrior in The Book of Joan.

Eric Baudelaire by Benoît Rossel
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Inspired by Japanese “landscape theory,” a Parisian artist-filmmaker explains why he prefers to show us the world as his subjects see it.

Iman Issa by Andrew Weiner
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A New York- and Cairo-based artist unpacks her understanding of heritage and how it can operate in contemporary art.

Sharon Johnston and Mark Lee by Frank Gesualdi
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The artistic directors of the Chicago Architecture Biennial discuss their new Menil Drawing Institute and the role of history in contemporary architecture.

Ieva Misevičiūtė by Melanie Bonajo
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A performance artist who grew up in the circus uses clowning, street dance, and butoh in playful and provocative combinations.

Daniel Borzutzky by Joyelle McSweeney

A Chilean American poet maps the troubling parallels between his native land under Pinochet and the present-day US.

Feature

John Giorno, Poet by Rebecca Waldron & Chris Kraus

John Giorno’s influence as a cultural impresario, philanthropist, activist, hero, and éminence grise stretches so widely and across so many generations that one can almost forget that he is primarily a poet.

First Proof

SKULL&BONES by Ariana Reines

I’m wearing a used fake
Fur coat like a cartoon
Ermine. I’ve belted
It with genuine
Snakeskin—

Wish-Fulfilling Jewels & the Poet by John Giorno

My name is Donus Pane et Vinum.
I was born in 1250 in Barletta, Apulia.
My older brother Gualtarius Pane et Vinum 
is the ancient great-grandfather of poet John Giorno
through his grandmother Maria Panevino, his father’s
     mother.
I was a monk in retreat for many years,
and now a priest for forty years in the Basilica di
     Santa Maria Maggiore.

The Snows of Venice by Ben Lerner

Slow sonnets for Alexander Kluge

Two Poems by Todd Colby

Time for the serious sad blue
not the pale gold or the putrid
blur, bickering lowly and bent.

Two Poems by Andrew Durbin

Indefinite pleasure

in the circulation of coin,

cauterized bliss ends in perpetual wound:

All the realm is yours.

Lake Michigan, Scene 10 by Daniel Borzutzky

The cop doesn’t want a prayer

He doesn’t want the bodies to stand over the dead animals that wash onto the shore

Portfolio by Sam Contis
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Contis explores the construction of myth, place, and masculine identity in the enduring imagery of the American West.

Three Poetry Comics by Bianca Stone
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Bianca Stone is a poet and visual artist. She runs the Ruth Stone Foundation in Goshen, Vermont, and her new book, The Möbius Strip Club of Grief, is forthcoming from Tin House Books.

Selections
The Complete Stories of Leonora Carrington by Sarah Resnick
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Carrington’s matter-of-fact presentation of the bizarre and the gruesome lends a distinctive black humor to her short stories, here collected in their entirety for the first time, including three that have never before been published.

Albert Serra’s The Death of Louis XIV by Clinton Krute
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From deep within Louis XIV’s billowing gray afro—more a cloud than a sun—the once lively eyes of Jean-Pierre Léaud gaze out vacantly. Over the course of Serra’s simultaneously tedious and fascinating film, Léaud’s Sun King drifts and snoozes through his remaining days in a state of almost catatonic nonchalance, occasionally stopping to doff his hat or eat a fig to the great applause of courtiers.

Zinzi Clemmons’s What We Lose by Yasmin Roshanian
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Mourning seeps in like water, but Clemmons skillfully draws on the humor that stems from the duality of conflicting cultures. Her prose is funny, fragile, and unflinchingly candid.

Anne Garréta’s Not One Day by Youmna Chlala

If the experimental French writing group Oulipo were to be reborn today, would they return as performance artists? Anne Garréta’s 2002 Prix Médicis–winning novel, Not One Day, marks her as a literary acrobat suspended between those who hold on to the group’s relevance and those who have let it go in favor of conceptual art practices.

Cecilia Vicuña: About to Happen by Michael Wilson
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A modestly sized but nonetheless ambitious blend of catalog, monograph, and artist’s project, the book accompanies a touring exhibition of the same name which opened at the Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, in March 2016.

Christos Chrissopoulos’s The Parthenon Bomber by Saul Anton
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Partly inspired by the Greek surrealist Yorgos Makris’s 1944 manifesto, “Let’s Blow Up the Acropolis!,” Christos Chrissopoulos’s novella, The Parthenon Bomber, sets out to imagine just what might lead a young man to write himself into history by blowing up an ur-symbol of Western civilization.

Laura Poitras’s Risk by Anya Jaremko-Greenwold
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Over the course of six years, filmmaker Laura Poitras had unparalleled access to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and his closest confidantes. What she captured became Risk, the follow-up to her Oscar-winning Edward Snowden exposé, Citizenfour (2014).

Artists on Artists
Jordan Kantor by Dean Rader
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When I look at Jordan Kantor’s visual art, I think of poems.

Ed Atkins by Terence Trouillot
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Like his older compatriot Mark Leckey, Atkins deftly utilizes syncopated montages of sounds and filmic images to create disturbing and disorienting virtual realities.

Pradeep Dalal by Nancy Davenport
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The encounter between two different types of records and two different experiences—the diagram and the snapshot—is everywhere visible in and crucial to Dalal’s work.

More

John Giorno’s Archives

A selection curated by Marcia Bassett

End Page by Kamrooz Aram
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