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Language Is a Temptation: Brenda Coultas reads July 20 from Bernadette Mayer’s Memory

Online Program

Jul 20, 2020 | 3:00 pm - 3:05 pm

Language Is a Temptation: poet Brenda Coultas reads July 20 from Bernadette Mayer’s Memory.

Brenda Coultas’ poetry can be found in Bomb and Brooklyn Rail and the anthologies Readings in Contemporary Poetry, published by the DIA Art Foundation, What is Poetry (Just Kidding, I Know You Know): Interviews from the Poetry Project newsletter (1983-2009), and Symmetries: Three Years of Art and Poetry at Dominque Levy. This spring she completed an artist residency at the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation in Captiva, Florida.

Language Is a Temptation is a series of 3 minute readings from Bernadette Mayer’s Memory that are posted on our Instagram, YouTube, and website daily at 3pm.

In July 1971, Bernadette Mayer embarked on a month long experiment: every day she exposed a roll of 35mm film and kept a journal. The result was a groundbreaking, conceptual work, comprised of more than 1100 photographs and two hundred pages of text. Mayer’s durational and constraint-based diaristic work of poetry and photography investigates the nature of memory: its surfaces, textures and material.

In July 2020, Poets House and Siglio Press embark on a month long daily experiment: a passage from the corresponding day in 1971 will be read by poets, writers, critics, and artists, as a parallel durational work that celebrates the new publication of Bernadette Mayer’s Memory (Siglio Press, 2020), which brings together the full sequence of images and text for the first time in book form.

Admission Free Online Program


Jul 20, 2020
3:00 pm - 3:05 pm
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