Poetry Reading: Baumgartner and Branscum

Posted on 4/12/2016 4:54:14 PM

A poetry reading by Brad Baumgartner and John Branscum will be held at 2:00 p.m., on Friday, April 15, in the Humanities and Social Sciences Building, room 224.

In this reading session, Brad Baumgartner and John Branscum will read selections from their poetry projects. Their work is hybrid in nature, exploring the intersections of poetry and philosophy, theory and fiction, the sacred and the profane, the flesh and the spirit—and seeking to communicate through the idiom of literary language new epistemologies, ontologies, and ways to dance in the basement of the mind. The ultimate aim of this work is to explore how literature can function as a new form of speculative intellectual inquiry and also entertain strangers in Greyhound stations.

Baumgartner will read from creative work drawn from ongoing, cross-genre projects and other recent publications. He is interested in how performance and the poetic utterance bridge with the practices of experimental writing, auto-commentary, and various forms of meditation. Some principal themes in his work are mystical love, nothingness, thrownness, heat, and metamorphosis. 

Branscum will read from work drawn from his 2015 collection Skinwalkers and other recent publications and projects. These particular poems blend autobiographical material drawn from growing up in the inner city and trailer parks, the specialized jargon and concepts of quantum mathematics, fuzzy logic, and microbiology, as well as stand-up comedy and scholarly inquiry—which is then shaken and stirred and used as a way to peer beneath the gluey carpet of the world.

This event is sponsored by the English Department Colloquium Series.

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