Tom Pickard Poetry Reading

6:00 pm on Monday, November 11, 2013
7:00 pm on Monday, November 11, 2013
Katzenberg Center, 3rd Floor, 871 Commonwealth Avenue
“Young Tom Pickard for years ran the Morden Tower readings in Newcastle, Great Britain, and from early 1960s on was chief friend, host & proponent of new-wave American poetics . . . Under guidance from his friend the elder Basil Bunting he’s writ poetry with condensation, sharp focus and local speech directness, in lineage joining William Carlos Williams and ‘Geordie’ lyric vernacular.” (Allen Ginsberg) Tom Pickard’s volumes of poetry include Hole in the Wall: New and Selected Poems (2002), The Dark Months of May (2004), and The Ballad of Jamie Allan (Flood Editions, 2007) recounts the true adventures of an eighteenth-century gypsy musician who lived on the English-Scottish Borders and died in Durham jail, serving a life sentence for stealing a horse. His memoir, More Pricks Than Prizes, was published by Pressed Wafer in 2010. He has written for film, radio and television. This event will be moderated by the poet William Corbett, editor of Pressed Wafer. This event is co-sponsored by the Center for the Study of Europe and AGNI.