Hauser & Wirth Publishers presents Conversations in Contemporary Poetics, an ongoing reading series and discussion group that explores the diverse ways in which poetry integrates with life, media, and politics.
Organized by writer and curator Jeffrey Grunthaner, Conversations in Contemporary Poetics foregrounds what goes on behind the making of a poem. Rather than simply presenting poems as completed works (books, or finalized texts), the series acts like a studio visit, showcasing aspects of a poet’s creative practice that might otherwise go unnoticed.
This fourth installment of the series will comprise an exhibition in the Hauser & Wirth Publishers Bookshop, as well as a reading and discussion, featuring poet, editor, and text artist Robert Grenier, alongside critic Paul Stephens, author of ‘The Poetics of Information Overload’ and a recipient of a 2017 Andy Warhol Foundation Book Grant.
The accompanying exhibition—which will run through Saturday, 21 October—will include a selection from Robert Grenier’s text art works, including ‘Sentences’ (1978), ‘CAMBRIDGE M’ASS’ (1979; 2014), ‘64’ (2003-2005) and ‘16 from r h y m m s’ (2014). Spanning more than 30 years, the exhibition will demonstrate Grenier’s ongoing fascination with the ways language simultaneously reveals and encourages a various perception of the extralinguistic world.
A collectible program, featuring writing by Paul Stephens and text art by Robert Grenier, will be available at both the reading and throughout the exhibition.
The upcoming and final installment of Conversations in Contemporary Poetics will address poetry’s relationship to identity politics.
Image: Robert Grenier, ‘MOON / IT’S / THE / RE’