Great Works is emphasising the writings and translations of Amos Weisz (1962–2008) to help publicise the publication of his selected poems, Worksongs, launched in London on November 4, at Iklectik Art Lab, near Waterloo. There were some memories of Amos Weisz, by people who knew him, some accounts of and responses to his writing, and of course reading of his poems, in the presence of his daughters, Shula Weisz Quinn and Éadaoin Quinn. Ian Fairley, Worksongs' editor, very successfully created a moving and positive event, a model of how to commemorate and bring attention to a writer such as Amos, published only posthumously. We celebrated together a proud and intense poetic voice, that catastrophically silenced itself. You will find information on Amos Weisz on the Amos Weisz page of Great Works, and links to all the writing by him on the website on the Texts page, including all the texts added in the run up to the book launch. The FaceBook page Amos Weisz, Worksongs Launch Event has photos taken at the evening. Don't forget you can buy Worksongs! It is available via Waterstones Marketplace, or from this site using PayPal, at £12 including p&p:
New! A sequence of poems from Calum Hazell, a poet I encountered at Writers Forum Workshop — New Series, where he read even the milk, and I asked to see the text. It's a beautiful riff upon communication and communication language and bodies (not necessarily human). The words (and their arrangement & presentation) are glittering and energetic. I like its constant invention of itself. Read it here, with a brief biobibliographic para on Calum on the Texts page.
The project of Great Works is that of publishing innovative poetry in modernist/postmodernist modes. This is is a site for innovative writing: modernist, postmodernist, archaic. It proclaims the need to let a thousand flowers bloom, and rejects any single definition of what writing is. It welcomes alternative poetries and other writing. It proudly offers no retrieval of coherence at a higher interpretative level.
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January 16, 2017 — Peter Philpott top