The Poetry Project

Reading Group

Improvisation, noise, and lowness: Reading and Discussion Group Meeting

Readings for this meeting include: Daphne Brooks, excerpts from “Introduction” and “‘Slow Fade to Black’: Black Woman Archivists Remix Sounds,” from Liner Notes for the Revolution: The Intellectual Life of Black Feminist Sound (2021); Steve Goodman, “Introduction” from Sonic Warfare (2012); Joselia Rebekah Hughes, “Two Poems” from Apogee Issue 15 (2021); Fred Moten, “Taste, dissonance, flavor, escape (Preface to a Solo by Miles Davis) from Black and Blur (2017); Sandra Ruiz, “Introduction: A Living Colonialism, or Simply, the Aesthetic Life of Ricanness,” from Ricanness: Enduring Time in Anticolonial Performance (2019); and Cecil Taylor Panel Discussion, “The Shape of Jazz to Come,” (1964)

Participants are encouraged to read as much as they can of the readings in advance of the meeting, but also feel free to attend without having read the texts. We will use part of our time together to read portions of the texts out loud and use that as the basis for our discussion.

Facilitated by Curatorial Fellow Ethan Philbrick


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