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Language Is a Temptation: Peggy DeCoursey reads July 17 from Bernadette Mayer’s Memory
Jul 17, 2020 | 3:00 pm - 3:05 pm
Language Is a Temptation: Bernadette Mayer’s longtime friend Peggy DeCoursey reads July 17 from Bernadette Mayer’s Memory.
Peggy DeCoursey met Bernadette in high school, so has been considering her work for sixty years. Bernadette led her to NYC’s community of poets, a source of friendships, learning and pleasure ever since. She lives in Brooklyn and spends much of her time reading.
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.