October 2012 Poetry Readings

Glór - October 20th

The inaugural reading for Clare Three-Legged Stoot Poets Winter 2012-13 takes place on Saturday 20th in Glór at 2.00pm.

The guest poet is Netherlands-based poet and translator Donald Gardner. Live music will be provided by Clare-based uileann piper Andrew Newland.

Donald Gardner

Born in London in 1938, Donald Gardner's first published poem was in the Paris Review in 1963 and he has been writing poetry and doing readings and performances ever since - in London, New York and Amsterdam. He lived in New York City from 1964 to 1967, taking part in readings with the poets of that generation - Gregory Corso, Allen Ginsberg, Paul Blackburn, Diane Wakoski, Clayton Eshleman and others. Currently he divides his time between Amsterdam and Kildare.

In 1969 he published his first book, Peace Feelers (Cafe Books, ed. Christopher Logue, London) and in 1974 his collection, For the Flames, appeared with Fulcrum Press. He has lived out of England much of his adult life, moving to Holland in 1979. Besides writing poetry, he works as a freelance translator. Collections of his poetry still in print include one full-length book, How to Get the Most out of your Jet Lag (Ye Olde Font Shoppe, New Haven 2001) and two chapbooks, The Glittering Sea (Hearing Eye, London 2006) and Sleight of Tongue (Boekie Woekie, Amsterdam 2011). His book of translations of the poetry of Dutch poet Remco Campert, I Dreamed in the Cities at Night, was published by Arc in 2007.

In addition to translating Dutch literature, he has translated poetry by Ernesto Cardenal (Zero Hour , published in the magazine El Corno Emplumado, Mexico City). He has also made a renowned translation of Octavio Paz's cyclic poem, The Sun Stone, (Cosmos, York, 1969). He has written and published essays on other writers: Fernando Pessoa and Oscar Wilde. His essay Antonin Artaud: the Reinvention of the Human Face was published by Perdu Books, Amsterdam 1987 and republished on the web: www.antoninartaud.org/reinvention.

Donald Gardner is known for his readings and performances of his work. He worked as an actor with the London Living Theatre in the 1970s. In Holland he studied performance art at the Jan van Eyck Academie and went on to make solo theatre events out of his own poetry. In 1987 he presented Chicken with Madness, a piece that added the dimension of movement to his own poem. Directed and choreographed by Italian director Patrizia Filia, he has played Chicken with Madness in London, in New York (Dixon Place and the Poetry Project) and very many times in Holland. In the 1990s he visited New York regularly and gave readings in many venues (the Nuyorican Poets' Cafe, the Poetry Project, the Bowery Poetry Club, etc.). Aged seventy-four, Gardner continues to write, publish and give readings of his own work. He has just completed a manuscript for a new book of poetry, The Wolf Inside. His website, which includes links to a YouTube broadcast and an interview, is www.donaldgardner.net.

There will be an open-mic session afterwards, where visiting poets taking part in the inaugural ASPIRE conference will read some of their poetry. More details on this in the very near future.