Last week I made a quick trip to London for a couple of appearances with Chet Weise, my editor extraordinaire from Third Man Books, in support of The Truth Is We Are Perfect.
First stop on Friday was an in-store performance at Rough Trade East, where they’re featuring my book all month long. At the moment, Rough Trade Records is the exclusive distributor of my book in the UK. You can order a copy from them online, or stop by one of their stores (I left some signed copies at Rough Trade East!).
On Saturday I had a few hours to wander the city before soundcheck at the historic Roundhouse Theatre for Poetry ReIncarnation–the 50th anniversary celebration of a groundbreaking international literary event in 1965. The sold-out event was packed full of really incredible artists from the UK, featuring a number of musical collaborations and some truly stellar performances. To boot, Jimmy Page and Van Morrison showed up to catch the show from the audience! You can read a long and thoughtful review of the night on Bare Fiction, which includes a generous mention of my contribution to the night:
The closest the night gets to recapturing, in a contemporary voice, the essence of the generation of poets present at the original Incarnation is perhaps American poet Janaka Stucky, whose set starts in silence, out of which the words, “Because I love a burning thing, I made my heart a field of fire. In this way I own nothing; can lose nothing,” and whose performance of the poem ‘Thus I Perish in Amazement’ is mesmeric. One could almost transpose him onto the crackling 35mm Wholly Communion film, between smoke-drift and flowers, eyes closed, hands stretched out as if to summon the spirits of the Beats; to reincarnate them on stage.
“That old anarchist, Love” photo of Adam Horovitz
From start to finish the night was amazing. I’m honored to have shared the stage with so many talented poets, most especially the opportunity to improvise a collaboration with Duke Garwood. Although I don’t have more overseas shows planned at the moment, keep an eye on my live page for future dates and locations!