This book examines intersections of poetry and performance during the British Poetry Revival. Its investigations are centered on four specific performance events: The First International Poetry Incarnation at the Royal Albert Hall in 1965 Denise Rileys first public reading at the Cambridge Poetry Festival in 1977 Eric Mottrams Pollock Record and Allen Fishers Blood Bone Brain. Drawing upon a range of archival resources, recordings, and interviews, Juha Virtanen offers engaging and detailed archaeological accounts and analyses of these largely unexamined events as well as the potential dialogues between them. The appendices of the book also feature previously unpublished interviews with both Fisher and Riley.
This book is essential reading for poetry and performance enthusiasts, particularly those ted in innovative British Poetry.