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“Writing Against Memory” – Join Glimpse Poetry Editor Arto Vaun in Conversation at Armenian Library and Museum of America
Join us this Wed., Feb. 20, 2013 in Watertown, Massachusetts!
Writing Against Memory
poetry reading & conversation featuring
GLIMPSE journal Poetry Editor
Boston University professor
Wed., Feb. 20, 7:30 PM, $5 donation
wine reception and book signing / GLIMPSE journal samples and subscriptions will be available
The Armenian Library and Museum of America (ALMA)
Contemporary Art Gallery (3rd Floor) ‐ 65 Main St, Watertown, MA
ALMA’s “In Conversation” Series begins on Feb. 20 with poet and singer/songwriter Arto Vaun, and Prof. Taline Voskeritchian moderating the conversation. The program will center on the question of literature’s relevance in diasporic culture and space.
This ongoing series seeks to be a forum where intellectuals and artists, along with the audience, engage in an open conversation.
Born in Cambridge, MA, Arto Vaun has attended Harvard and Glasgow University where he is currently finishing a PhD in English Literature. Vaun was the co‐founder of Aspora Literary Journal in Los Angeles, a co‐editor of The Armenian Weekly, and is the current poetry editor of Glimpse Journal. His next book of poems, Isinglass, is forthcoming from Carcanet Press and his new recording, The Cynthia Sessions, is being released in February 2013.
Professor Taline Voskeritchian teaches writing and literature at Boston University. Her work has appeared in Agni Review, London Review of Books, Bookforum, The Nation, Jadaliyya, among others.
Excuse us for a moment while we take a break from the art + science of seeing and venture into the art + science of listening. What do you get when you auto-tune some of the most influential voices in science, compile them together, and compose music around them? A Symphony of Science, of course. Composer John Boswell explores the philosophy and beauty that lie within the many different fields of science through music. Listening to one of his three-minute songs allows you to reflect on the great mysteries of the cosmos, galaxies, the human body. Boswell’s most well-known creation is “A Glorious Dawn,” a song filled with Carl Sagan’s musings and insights on the universe; however, over here at GLIMPSE, we also enjoy his most recent, “Ode to the Brain”— the auto-tuned voices (which bring out the kitschy science nerd in all of us) are unexpectedly poetic. Each song is quite catchy and as we bop our head to the beat, we gain a deeper understanding of our vast, infinite surroundings.
With the release of GLIMPSE‘s new TEXT issue, we thought it would be appropriate to share with you some of our favorite text-related images. We’ll kick things off with ‘love & hate’ by Flickr.com member Abhi. We think it does a fantastic job of showcasing the text’s ability to be so much more than just marks on a page — ‘love & hate,’ creates a striking image packed with meaning using only two words and visual metaphor.
Read the full poem by staff poet and contributing poetry editor Arto Vaun in GLIMPSE’S Visions issue at glimpsejournal.com.
Congratulations to Glimpse Staff Poet and Contributing Editor, Arto Vaun, for his High Commendation by the 2009 Forward Prize! One of Vaun’s works has been selected for High Commendation by the Forward Prize (the Pulitzer equivalent of the UK) as one of the best poems published in the UK in 2009. Vaun states: “I’m honored to be alongside some stellar company like Anne Carson, Sharon Olds, CK Williams, Mary Oliver, Stanley Moss, and Andrew Motion.” His first book of poems, Capillarity, was published this year by Carcanet Press and recently reviewed by the Guardian alongside John Updike’s Endpoint and Other Poems. The poem for nomination can be found in the Forward Book of Poetry which was released on Oct. 1st by Faber & Faber. Vaun joined the Glimpse team in August 2009, and his inaugural poem for Glimpse, featured below, will appear in our upcoming Color (vol 2.3) issue:
Singed Bedroom, Weekend Afternoon
I painted the walls plum and hung sheer
Curtains so when they caught fire from the atoms
Rushing from my body this afternoon
It was the loveliest thing I had seen
The rain came down like a song as I was
Disintegrating seamlessly all electric soft colors
I turned into something solar and crackling
Watching from my twin bed
How I wanted to reach out to my own going
As a spirit might want to examine itself in a photo
Barely present in a spot of faded yellow light
Looking hard squinting and asking Is that me