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A reading of the poems of Charles Simić by Ruth Rosen

18 Jun 2015

Event times

7pm - 9pm

Cost of entry

£7.00 to include a glass of wine

Maestro Arts

London
England, United Kingdom

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  • Thames Clippers to Riverside Quarter from Blackfriars or Embankment
  • Putney Bridge, East Putney
  • Wandsworth Town

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An evening exploring the portfolios, poetry and prints produced by George Nama with Alfred Brendel and Charles Simić.

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Thursday, 18 June, 7pm 

The Poems of Charles Simić read by Ruth Rosen

We would delighted if you could join us in the gallery for a glass of wine and poetry reading. Ruth Rosen will read a selection from Charles Simić's poetry featured in Poetic Images.
 
The British Council has described Ruth Rosen as one of England's leading poetry and prose performers.  She has devised and delivered a series of lunchtime performances at the Tate, receiving fantastic reviews in the British press:

 "She has cornered the market in poetry reading" The Sunday Times
 "A splendid evening, a fascinating programme... She held the audience enthralled" The Evening Standard

Tickets at £7.00

until 24 June 2015  George Nama - Poetic Images   

Charles Simić, 15th Poet Laureate of the United States and Pulitzer Prize winner, and author of Eternities, Wonders of the Invisible World and Knife, Fork and Spoon, currently being exhibited in Poetic Images, interviewed for The Atlantic

"When I wrote my early poems Knife, Fork, and Spoon, in 1964, I lived on 13th St. and University Place [in Manhattan] in a little dump of an apartment. It was summer, and I’d eaten something. I was looking at the table at the knife, the fork, and the spoon. And I noticed how interesting these three were. I’d stolen one from a greasy spoon, and another from somewhere else. I remember thinking, 'Well, Mr. Simić, let’s see if you can write a poem about this.' Because no one had ever written a poem about a fork, or a knife, although we have to use them every day.

So I wrote them, and I sent them to a magazine called The Quarterly Review of Literature. The editor wrote to me and rejected the poems, saying “Dear Mr. Simić ... you obviously sound like an intelligent young man.”

Which sort of puzzled me—I thought, 'What the fuck does he know?'

He said, “Why do you write poems about these things? Why do you write about such inconsequential things as silverware utensils?”

I came into the library with that letter, feeling both annoyed—I mean, thinking 'You idiot! Should I wrote about sunsets in June?! — and at the same time I felt triumphant. I thought, 'well, this is whats I'm going to do from now on. This is my thing.' I felt I was on the right track. There’s pleasure in that."


 

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Curators

Vikki Nelson

Exhibiting artists

George Nama

Charles Simić

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