Andrea Brady and Amy De’Ath will be reading at Hiding Place on August 5th at 8 p.m. It’s free, it’s going to be great, and beer and small foodstuffs will be provided.
319 N. 11th St., 2nd floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Andrea Brady is lecturer in early modern literature at Queen Mary, University of London. She runs the Archive of the Now, a print and audio archive of contemporary innovative poetry. Her book Vacation of a Lifetime was published by Salt in 2001. In 2004 Barque published Cold Calling, described in the summer issue of Poetry Review as a ‘desperately important book’. Embrace was published by Object Permanence in September 2005. Wildfire: A Verse Essay on Obscurity and Illumination was published by Kruspkaya in early 2010. She has given public readings in venues in the UK, US and Canada. Her criticism has been published in a variety of books and magazines; English Funerary Elegy in the Seventeenth Century: Laws in Mourning was published by Palgrave in 2006.
from Krupskaya’s website:
Wildfire is a verse essay. It is trying to persuade us, to recognize that certain catastrophes and felicities are not inevitable. It concerns the history of incendiary devices, of the evolution of Greek fire from a divine secret which could sustain or destroy empires, into white phosphorus and napalm; the elliptical fires of the pre-Socratics, Aristotle’s service to Alexander in the fashioning of pyrotechnics, the burning/blooming/mating bodies of G. H. Schubert and the self-feeding crowds of Elias Canetti; mechanisms to project fire, to make it burn on water and stick to wood and skin, to keep it off the walls of the besieged towns, and what those mechanisms (projection and defence) have done to geometry; the courts of fire, the legal chamber and the hortus conclusus, and the margins of ambiguity where it is lobbed with impunity; embedded nuggets and embedded reporters, the discovery of the chemical element, industrial tragedy, the resistance of the matchgirls at Bryant & May, the corruption of Quaker capitalists, washing powder and toothpaste. It is an etiology of metaphors, ‘shake-n-bake’ and whisky pete and phantom fury. It is also an argument about obscurity and illumination: WP does both, smokes the bright air and singes the night with trajectories. And so an interrogation of writing practices which fume as much as they enlighten.
Amy De’Ath studied American Literature with Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia and at Temple University in Philadelphia. Her poems have appeared in Onedit, QUID, Signals, and others. Crater Press recently published her broadside, Andromeda, The World Works for Me. She has two short books forthcoming in 2010. Her first collection will be published by Salt, and a chapbook will be coming out from Oystercatcher later in the year. Her poetry blog can be found at www.amydeath.wordpress.com.