Soho: Jeremy Reed poetry reading

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Voodoo Excess: Rolling with the Stones
Jeremy Reed

‘A one-off great Stones poem full of velvet poetic truths.’ Mick Taylor

JEREMY REED POETRY READING AT THE SOCIETY CLUB, SOHO

Wednesday, March 23, 2016
7:00pm 8:30pm

Jeremy Reed will be reading from his book Voodoo Excess and Supplication: Selected Poems by John Wieners accompanied by harpist Maria-Christina. Jeremy is widely acknowledged as the most imaginatively gifted British poet of his generation, praised by Seamus Heaney for his ‘rich and careful writing’ and by David Lodge for his ‘remarkable lyric gift’. Björk simply called his work ‘the most beautiful, outrageously brilliant poetry in the world’. Called by the Independent ‘British poetry’s glam, spangly, shape-shifting answer to David Bowie’, Jeremy Reed’s poetry, fiction and performances are inimitable and utterly opposed to grey mainstream poetry. He has published over 40 books of poetry, fiction and non-fiction.

‘Jeremy Reed is a Legend.’ – Peter Doherty

In Voodoo Excess, Jeremy Reed charts in poetry and prose the astonishing career of the Rolling Stones from the band’s early days in 1962 to the 50th anniversary tour in 2012 and its extension in 2013. With great originality he examines why the Stones have been a musical and cultural phenomenon, and everything public and mythical, anecdotal and apocryphal about the larger-than-life individual band members.

Supplication: Selected Poems gathers work by one of the most significant poets of the Black Mountain and Beat generation. Includes poems that have previously never been published, the full text of the 1958 edition of his influential The Hotel Wentley Poems, plus poems from rare sources, facsimiles, notes, and collages by Wieners. ‘It is thrilling… there is no doubt in my mind or in anyone’s mind who knows these poems well that they are major American poetry and will be in anthologies for one hundred years, I mean that good.’ —Allen Ginsberg

Members free, non-members £5

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In Voodoo Excess, Jeremy Reed charts in poetry and prose the astonishing career of the Rolling Stones from the band’s early days in 1962 to the 50th anniversary tour in 2012 and its extension in 2013. With great originality he examines why the Stones have been a musical and cultural phenomenon, and everything public and mythical, anecdotal and apocryphal about the larger-than-life individual band members.

Called by the Independent ‘British poetry’s glam, spangly, shape-shifting answer to David Bowie’, Jeremy Reed’s poetry, fiction and performances are inimitable and utterly opposed to grey mainstream poetry. He has published over 40 books of poetry, fiction and non-fiction.

Voodoo Excess is published by Enitharmon

 

Extract from Voodoo Excess:

DRIFT AWAY

It’s like looking across a busy docks

a harbour industry to find the stage

remote as the modular ISS,

the band isolated as astronauts

doing moon-hops for mining platinum

ratcheting up a displaced ‘Paint It Black’

or ‘Midnight Rambler’: do we note the clothes,

burgundy knee-length coats like highwaymen,

buccaneer boots: a time-slip seventies’

cryopreserved dressy unkillable

signature: low-slung belts accessorised

with Mexican skulls, Aztec turquoise lumps,

as though death’s always a reality

closer than audience, randomised, curious

at physical resilience, the edge

just that much closer – guitar weaponry

the gunned offensive: do we see them now

as decommissioned celebs burning out

like redshift clusters, or still optimised

players in focus angled on runways

to do a solo; it’s like a space-dock

the alienation, a blues band grouped there

meshing together as the world blows out.