6/2/16

Southness by Vincent Katz released today with reading at the Serpentine Gallery, London.







Cover image by Etel Adnan, large detail of Untitled, 2014, oil on canvas
30 x 24 cm© Galerie Lelong
 photo:Fabrice Giber

Lunar Chandelier Press announces the publication today of Southness by Vincent Katz.Availability to be announced soon on facebook and the Lunar Chandelier Press blog.
 “With all the wonders of the world/which are here/simply on earth/offered to everyone/strewn about” wrote Jacques Prévert in the poem “Pater Noster.” The spirit of Prévert sparkles in poet Vincent Katz’s Southness. Following up on the generous depth of Swimming Home (Nightboat Books, 2015) with this set of lyrically composed meditations, Katz cools, condenses and abstracts the tempo to a strolling pace.  “Long histories” with “voices in the rain” at a “calmed ¾ simplicity” (and stripped of much punctuation) are transfigured by mind.  Transport is offered with “a way of breathing” as a conduit by which to “confront solidity” in “Plein Air” amidst the “latent flux.” Katz’s lyric traverses a relatively southern line of latitude, its engimas “a hindrance” … “on periphery/late in path” that while not fixed to a single location are immediately felt as true.  The fresh concise forms of Southness offer perception and response that contend with a “trembling avidity” … “under modernity’s/ glare.”
Accompanied with a vivid detail on the cover from a painting by poet and painter Etel Adnan, Southness has been noted by John Godfrey to “exercise coolness while implicitly maintaining that nothing in the medium is not personal. Denser poems present mental spaces word-to-word that thread striking affinities. The words resonate, in their abbreviation, with feeling and honesty. … The poet in and out of the shadows.” And Peter Gizzi comments: “observation, personal declaration, and joy … are abundant throughout this wonderful book. Southness is a sensory and sonic adventure.”
Thursday 2 June, 8pm. Readers:
Etel Adnan
Elaine Equi 
Peter Gizzi 
John Godfrey 
and 
Vincent Katz 
followed by an in-conversation between 
Alex Katz and Serpentine's Artistic Director, Hans Ulrich Obrist.
This evening will take place within the exhibition by Alex Katz, at the Serpentine Gallery, Kensington Gardens, London W2 3XA