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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Spring Quarter Begins

It was a long winter. One for the record books. But spring arrives eventually & the Next Objectivists shake their shaggy pelt & go in search of blackberries of the sort described by Francis Ponge. Or, if I may be so bold as to quote N.O. Gene Tanta, "The nice temps will mobilize poets, put a bounce in their Schlitz."
There was NEVER a BETTER TIME to join or otherwise convert or reconvert yourself into an ACTIVE member of the Next Objectivists. Please recall that we are the world's only 100% autonomous poetry & poetics workshop dedicated to the study and reproduction of Poetry from the Outsidereal. We may not look like much "on the ground" but historically we are a rare & stimulating event. Plus, you may well be spending too much time watching TV on your laptop. It's springtime people, as in time to spring as in into action.

There are three or four items on our current agenda, which I enumerate by genre:

1. A Invitation Accepted: The Next Objectivists @ Three Walls Gallery Tuesday 6 May, 6pm
Core members of the workshop have joyfully accepted an invitation by the artist & filmmaker Irina Botea to participate in her show at Three Walls Gallery. A short back story will be helpful to new members; several years ago, back in the good ole Mess Hall days, Irina & Next Objectivists member Gene Tanta (op. cit.) organized a series of very stimulating writing workshops known as WAM or Writing At the Movies. A number of Chicagoland writers participated; we watched video clips & wrote in response to them. We read what we wrote & wrote what we read. On 6 May, from 6-8pm, we will produce a version of this workshop at Three Walls Gallery, as part of Irina's exhibition.

2. An Opportunity & a Proposal. The Next Objectivists @ Mozart Park field house. Dates TBA.
The Border/bend Arts Collective has given the Next Objectivists the opportunity to present a series of workshops in a very interesting public venue: the field house at Mozart Park in the Logan Square neighborhood. Mozart Park is bordered by Dickens on the North, Armitage on the South, Avers Ave. on the East & train tracks on the West. Border/bend is hosting a number of cultural events at the field house on Mondays and Wednesdays throughout the spring and early summer, & has invited us to participate in their programming.

There are many ways we might take advantage of this public space, but it's workshop custom to resist the neoliberal voice of the father, which seeks to distract the subject from the pain of alienation with multiple choices, otherwise known as opportunities. Therefore, I propose we use this venue for a project that has been percolating for several years: PLOP or Performative Lectures on Oppositional Poetics. As the name implies, this project is imagined as series of lecture/workshops about different oppositional practices or writing/editing/performing/theorizing. Each session will begin with a performative lecture by either a workshop member or an invited guests. No definite program or dates have been set yet: it's up to us to discuss, which leads to:

3. An Invitation = Provocation + Free Food & Beer
It's a simple equation once you understand the algebra of four situation. As you may know, the Next Objectivists are currently wandering in exile. After the Mess Hall closed, we met in several locations off-&-on but none of them fulfilled our collective desires. I have resisted hold meetings in private residences because the public nature of the workshop is fundamental; being open to anyone is a core principle, and we have frequently benefited from the spontaneous contributions of members who wandered in. However, we need to get things started now & under this state of exception I'm holding four organizational/planning/strategy hangouts in my apartment: 6809 N. Ashland Blvd. #1.

The dates/times of these meetings are:

  • Wed. 23 April 7-10pm
  • Sat. 3 May 4-7pm
  • Wed. 14 May 7-10pm
  • Sat. 17 May 4-7pm

I promise free food and drink for all who show up. We will try to divide our time into three parts during these sessions:
a) Catching up and hanging out; we eat together, we drink together

b) Deciding upon and planning these upcoming events

c) Revisiting and re-invigorating a number of writing projects; currently there are three writing projects that we have begun but not concluded:
i. Hardy Boys / Nancy Drew Mashups Chapbook: we produced many pages of Raw Or/e which could be revised into a new collection of poems.

ii. The Next Objectivists Anthology: the first 5 years. We have collected several hundred pages of poetic experiments and written an introduction. We need to find a publisher or determine how to publish it ourselves.Should we submit Next Objectivist poems to magazines?

iii. Into the Skilling, Into the Fire, or Here Comes Some eBad Whether: at our last regular meeting we conceived of an opera organized around the simple & profound fact that Tom Skilling, Chicago weatherman, & Jeff Skilling, of Enron infamy, are brothers. What were their family dinners like? Did Tom forecast gloomy or sparkling weather on the days when Jeff was indicted, tried, convicted? Can we write a libretto & if so why? What is the relation between a Tom, Dick and Harry & a Mutt and Jeff?
Meanwhile, intellectual interest has been growing about the Next Objectivists in Europe. Only last week a researcher contacted me. Let's give 'em something to write about!!!

Remember: you may well be an annual Next Objectivist. Does the bulb of your being, long buried in the frozen earth of sentimental bureaucracy burn for a better poetics? Do the roots of your being pulse with life, the shoots of your desire thrust toward the light? Join us! It's fun, super easy & totally free!
No experience in poetry or poetics is required; in fact, we ask you all to leave your guns & expertise at the door.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Next Objectivists Resume Regular Meeting Schedule NEW DAY & LOCATION

Attention Next Objectivists

We resume a regular meeting schedule, but on a new day & at a new location!
We will meet this next SUNDAY 10 November at Multi-Kulti 1000 N. Milwaukee Ave.

The meeting will begin @ 3:00pm.
We will begin with a reading & discussion of two poems by Jackson Mac Low, which can be found below.

Please join us!
Remember that all our meetings are free & open to the public. Anyone is invited. Leave your expertise at the door.

Jackson Mac Low

Giant Otters

They were a close family of giant otters
in Surinam giving a low growling sound when
they were insecure so they were called the Hummers.

Trace elements had landed near them and thy effloresced
in even amounts throughout an even eon and an evening more
fortunate as they were in knowing nothing

or peering curiously into unknown presence
alert to no future living the past as presence
whose elements were traces in their efflorescing being

going as far as they could within the world they were
as fortunate particularized occasions within unfolding
breathed upon by memory's wraith and anticipation's all but absence.

Where were they going but farther along and through
whatever their being eventuated in clearness no demand for clarity
as the eyes are unsealed and the world flows in as light?

13-14 February 1982
New York

36th Light Poem: In Memoriam Buster Keaton--
4:50 – 6:18 A.M. Sat 1 January 1972

As a Mad Scientist
Buster lights a Bunsen-burner flame
that starts a series of processes
that eventually releases The Monster

As an Undertaker
Buster lights a Bunsen-burner flame
that starts a series of processes
that awakens a drunk who was about to be buried as a corpse

As a Muscovite
Buster lights a sisal wick in a sesame-seed-oil lamp
that suddenly lights a mystical orgy
officiated over by Rasputin

As a Boater
Buster beats a cascade by floating out beyond its edge
borne by a balloon
lit by wintry sun

As an Unwilling Passenger on a Drifting Liner
Buster the Millionaire & his rich Girl Friend
learn to cope Alone Without Servants
when forced to rely on the light of their Upper-Class Intellects

As a Worker
Buster arouses the Compassion of the Nation
in whose light the Corporations
sell themselves to their Workers

As a Key Man
Buster carries around with him
an enormous bunch of keys
lighting his way with a Keats lamp

As a Beatnik
Buster meditates in a Redwood forest
seated where the Selenic light
first falls at Moonrise

As a Leaf-&-Feather Gatherer
Buster Means Well but bugs everyone in the Park
spearing the ladies' hats & the picknicker's salads
in featureless Hollywood Light for the century's first quarter

As William Butler Yeats
Buster addresses an irate Irish crowd
that thinks that Poetry makes Nothing Happen
but lets itself be bathed by its Truthful Light

As a Cannoneer
Buster explodes his own ship's magazine
treads water in Gunpowder Light at a safe distance
& blushes in embarrassment at his Clumsiness

As a Violinist
Buster surpasses Paganini
until Boston-Concert-Hall Light
Poisons him with Love for a Proper Bostonian Maiden


Spirit of Buster Keaton
if you survive as yourself
receive Please our honor & praise
you conscientious Workman

Hard-working Buster Keaton
when you arouse the laughter of children
as you live in Projector Light
Your Karmic Residue dissolves in Joyous Shouts

Friday, October 11, 2013

Next Objectivists @ Chicago Calling

Workshop members will be performing "Nanny Cammed," our new collective poem at the Chicago Calling Event, NSA: A Surveillance Throwdown @ Multikulti, 9pm - 1am. Please join us! Here are the details:

"NSA: A Surveillance Throwdown" includes artists and community activists responding to surveillance. Time for a party throwdown, Orwellian style—with poetry readings, video screenings, musical performances, and more. The program includes a fiction reading by Kevin Kilroy; performances by the Next Objectivists, Great Lakes Ensemble, and the Tarnation Boys; and a talk about Chicago Indymedia. We will also feature several contributions in this media gallery, such as 010 by Bernardo Piñero and  Alerta Móvil de Contra Vigilancia by anonimoColectivo.

Friday, October 11 (9 p.m.)

1000 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL  60642

$7 suggested donation