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Over, Burnett & Tookey: Carcanet Triple Launch

Monday 8 Jul 2019, 19:00 to 22:00

International Anthony Burgess Foundation
3 Cambridge Street
M1 5BY


Please join us to launch three new Carcanet titles: Fur Coats in Tahiti by JeremyOverTripping Over Clouds by LucyBurnett (published with Northern House), and City of Departures by HelenTookey. We'll celebrate with readings followed by a discussion chaired byCarcanet founder, Michael Schmidt; each of the books will be available topurchase on the night. Please let us know you can make it by reserving a freeEventbrite ticket

City of Departures is HelenTookey's second Carcanet collection, following her 2014 Missel-Child,an 'exceptional volume... from a powerful and intelligent imagination' (JeffreyWainwright). City of Departures is a collection of uncannyspaces and fleeting encounters, an urban patchwork of glimpsed moments andchance affiliations. Through them, Tookey explores the ways in which we createmeaning and connection in these kinds of spaces, and how the nature of thoseconnections—often temporary and provisional—”affects who we are, and who we arebecoming. Tookey'™s work has a new formal inventiveness and experimentaltemperament. The collection mixes prose and verse, and a multitude of voicesand structures mingle on its pages. The poems connect through repeated images,themes and tones, which echo and re-echo. Their loci are neglected houses andgardens, canals, wrecked boats... liminal worlds where absence has a presence ofits own, fertile ground for ghosts, fantasies, memories, and dreams.

Fur Coats in Tahiti by JeremyOver is a cocktail of borrowed forms and modes from Dada, Surrealism, Fluxus, the OuLiPo, the Vienna Group, and the New York school. Jeremy Overmixes collage, doodles, erasures, findings, and mistranslations to createunlikely meetings between, amongst others, the Fluxus artist Robert Filliou andG.K. Chesterton, the Zen Buddhist D.T. Suzuki and Tommy Cooper, Steve Reich and Dan Maskell. There are scissor snips and slips of the tongue and eye in a sequenceof word and image compositions derived from an Edwardian illustrated dictionary. Elsewhere there are childlike, and plain childish, oral and aural pleasures to be had with bananas, cherries and Slobodan Zivojinovic‡; tahini and Petroc Trelawny. The book begins with 'O'™, an open-mouthed astonishment at nativity, and ends, not with Z but, in the hope of further connection, with th etwenty seventh letter of the alphabet: '&'.

Lucy Burnett's Tripping Over Clouds issues a bold challenge toEzra Pound'™s maxim to 'go in fear of abstractions'™. Underpinning this is are-imagining of abstraction as a prior state of possibility and potential from which the world and ourselves are constantly re-emerging -“ as abstraction to,not from. Both philosophical and fresh, the poetry trips off and back onto thepage, like the fellrunner in its opening section: '˜to talk about / the pleasure principle / of falling downhill fastly'™. Lucy Burnett'™s second collectionexplores how we fetch up with the world in all its variety, difficulty and beauty, ranging across encounters with mountains, love, contemporary politics and visual art. Ultimately this is a poetry which asserts hope, andplayfulness, as strategies for navigating an inherently changeable sense of now.

The event will begin at 19:00 and include readings from the three poets,followed by a discussion, with the opportunity to ask questions. Tickets arefree but please reserve them hereThere isalso a Facebook event. For any enquiries about the event pleaseemail

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