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Language Is a Temptation: Grace Murphy reads July 23 from Bernadette Mayer’s Memory
Jul 23, 2020 | 3:00 pm - 3:05 pm
Language Is a Temptation: Grace Murphy, painter and longtime friend of Bernadette, reads July 23 from Bernadette Mayer’s Memory.
Grace and Bernadette met in 1968 at St. Saviour High School. Grace remains one of Bernadette’s few non-poetic friends.
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.