ALLEN FISHER - Gravity Shapes
1. Bel Air (11:21)
PRESS RELEASEAllen Fisher's Gravity Shapes CD presents 6 poems, all named after old jazz dances: Bel Air, Watusi, African Boog, Break-a-Leg, Tensor and Ring Shout, from his extended sequence Gravity as a consequence of shape, begun in 1982 and completed this year, 2005. Together with the two books Gravity (Salt Publishing) and Entanglement (Gig Editions), the CD helps to recover for the present, work that previously existed in a vast number of small chapbooks, but which now is very hard to track down. Fisher's range of resources is huge, drawing on the discourses of genetics, quantum mechanics, philosophy, topography, mathematics, psychology, zoology, Marxism, hypercapitalism, you name itů. to provide access to our lock-step attempts to define truth, freedom, ethics and, through the transformation of these languages by the aesthetic, performative action of the poem, to search out new ways in which associations can be made, pathways unblocked, so those concepts may be radically re-defined for our present times, kept fresh. These are reports from the front-lines of where we are, tripping over Brixton riots, genetic mutations, environmental meltdown, and the traps of rutted thought-grooves to show our damage and offer our cure. Come and get it. Show you care.
Cover artwork by the poet.
Gravity as a consequence of shape:-
Brixton Fractals, Aloes Books, 1985
and tsunami, 1999
Allen Fisher was born in 1944, and has been involved in performance and writing poetry since 1962. A poet, painter, publisher, editor and art historian, he has produced over one hundred and twenty chapbooks and books of poetry, graphics and art documentation. He currently edits Spanner, lives in Hereford and is Head of Art at the Roehampton University of Surrey where he is Professor of Poetry & Art. He has exhibited paintings in many shows including a one-man show at York in 1993 and two-man show in Hereford 1994 and examples of his work are in the Tate Gallery collection and the Living Museum, Iceland. Allen Fisher works with extended projects: his books and chapbooks include: Bavuska (1969), Place (various books 1974-81), The Apocalyptic Sonnets (1978), Blood Bone Brain (installation and performance documentation)(1982), Unpolished Mirrors (1985), Brixton Fractals (1985), Stepping out (1989), Dispossession & Cure (1994), Civic Crime (1994), Breadboard (1994), Now's the time (1995), Fish Jet (1997), Ring Shout (2000). Future Exiles: 3 London Poets (1992), and Worlds of New Measure: An anthology of five contemporary British Poets (1997) provide substantial selections from his work. Clive Bush's book Out of Dissent (1997) devotes one chapter to the discussion of his work. The work Gravity as a consequence of shape, a long work published in many smaller books and booklets, started in 1982, is scheduled for completion in 2005.
from Bel Air