BILL BISSETT POETRY LAUNCH
Thursday, May 31, 8:00 p.m.
Performance poetry pioneer bill bissett launches his new poetry collection ths is erth thees ar peopul
This Ain’t the Rosedale Library, 483 Church Street, Toronto
Free admission; refreshments served
Please contact the bookstore for more details (416.929.9912)
bissett brings his latest collection—a fusion of song, sound, performance and visual poetry—ths is erth thees are peopul to This Ain’t the Rosedale Library. bissett’s charged readings, which never fail to amaze his audiences, incorporate sound poetry, chanting and singing. Join bissett for an adventure in poetic soundscapes and celebrate the release of his new book.
bill bissett garnered international attention in the 1960s as a pre-eminent figure of the counter-culture movement in Canada and the U.K. In 1964, he founded blewointment press, which published the works of bpNichol and Steve McCaffery, among others.
A pioneer of sound, visual and performance poetry—eschewing the artificial hierarchies of meaning and the privileging of things (“proper” nouns) over actions imposed on language by capital letters; the metric limitations imposed on the possibilities of expression by punctuation; and the illusion of formal transparency imposed on the written word by standard (rather than phonetic) spelling—bissett composes his poems as scripts for pure performance and has consistently worked to extend the boundaries of language and visual image, honing a synthesis of the two in the medium of concrete poetry.
Without a single nostalgic bone in his body, bissett has remained at the cutting edge of poetics and performance works for almost forty years. He now writes and paints out of studios in Vancouver and Toronto.