Please join us to celebrate the launch of the clarity of distant things by Jane Duran. Hosting the reading will be poet Moniza Alvi, joining Jane to discuss the new book. The event will feature readings and discussion, and audience members will have the opportunity to ask their own questions. We will show the text during readings so that you can read along.
Jane Duran’s new book of two striking sequences takes readers into other worlds – ‘gridlines’, in which the life and paintings of Agnes Martin are interwoven, and ‘miniatures of al-Andalus’ inspired by the illuminated Cantigas de Santa María and the art and artefacts of Islamic Iberia.
The simple gridlines of Duran’s couplets recall Martin’s square canvasses, her precisely rendered grids and luminous stripes. Responding to individual images and to Martin’s own biography, discovering lovely breaths of life entering the ‘grey rectangles’, the poems’ intricate interlockings and brilliant images seem almost to escape the poems’ formal enclosures, so that Martin’s ‘The Peach 1964’, ‘gave me back // only beige, graphite, / ink, sanity // and orchard after orchard’.
Jane Duran was born in Cuba and raised in the USA and Chile. Selections of her poems have appeared in Poetry Introduction 8 (Faber 1993), Making for Planet Alice (Bloodaxe 1997), and Modern Women Poets (Bloodaxe 2005). In 1995 Enitharmon published her first full collection, Breathe Now, Breathe which won the Forward Prize for Best First Collection. Enitharmon also published 4 subsequent collections, including Coastal (2005) and Graceline (2010) which were both PBS Recommendations. She received a Cholmondeley Award in 2005.
Registration for this online event will cost £2, later redeemable against the cost of the book. All attendees will receive the discount code and how to purchase the book during and after event.