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Monday, 30 March 2020
Dye Hard Interview: karl kempton and Philip Davenport: Reconnecting the links
karl kempton lives happily with his beloved wife, Ruth, in Oceano, California. Over 45 lexical and visual poetry titles of his have been published nationally and internationally.New series have been published by Otoliths 52 and Tip of the Knife 32. His environmental activism includes marine environment and sacred Chumash site protection.
Philip Davenport is a poet who often works off the page, in galleries and streets; he runs the small press Apple Pie Editions. His anthology The Dark Would (2013) gathered and exhibited world-leading text artists and visual poets. Philip co-directed mass-collaboration The Homeless Library in 2016, the first ever history of British homelessness. It was inscribed into handmade books by contemporary homeless people and launched at the Houses of Parliament and the Southbank in London, UK.
DH: karl, what motivated you to start compiling A History of Visual Text Art, and how did you, Philip, get involved from the publishing aspect?
karl:In 2004 Dan Waber asked me about the differences between concrete and visual poetries. From that question came my long overview, “VISUAL POETRY: A Brief History of Ancestral Roots and Modern Traditions,” that he published, containing many hot links for those interested in examples and supporting text sources. As far as I am aware, no English language individual has attempted another comprehensive global overview beginning with rock art to add to or correct my “Brief History.” Over the years some links broke or died. Read more.
Dye Hard Press is a small publisher in Johannesburg, South Africa. Since 1994 it has published more than 20 titles, including work by Alan Finlay, Phillip Zhuwao, Arja Salafranca, Gus Ferguson, Kobus Moolman, Gail Dendy, Allan Kolski Horwitz, Khulile Nxumalo and Pravasan Pillay.
Dye Hard Press publications are distributed by Bacchus Books.
With the Safety Off, a novel by Graeme Feltham. Available for R220 including postage from Dye Hard Press.
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Beyond Touch is Arja Salafranca's third poetry collection and was published in collaboration with Modjaji Books in May 2015. Email email@example.com to order.
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A revised and expanded edition of Who was Sinclair Beiles?, edited by Gary Cummiskey and Eva Kowalska. Available directly from the publisher for R160, including postage (South Africa).
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Off-ramp, Gary Cummiskey's debut collection of short fiction. Cost is R150, including postage, directly from the publisher.
The Secret Hour, Dye Hard Press, Johannesburg,1994 Lost in a World, Dye Hard Press, 1994 Conspiracies of the Interior, Dye Hard Press, 1994 Visitations, Dye Hard Press, 1995 River of Dreams, Dye Hard Press, 1995 City, Sun Belly Press, Johannesburg, 1995 When Apollinaire Died, Firfield Press, Cape Town, 1996 Head(with Roy Blumenthal), Dye Hard Press, 1998 Reigning Gloves, Dye Hard Press, 2000 Bog Docks, Dye Hard Press, 2005 April in the Moon-Sun, Dye Hard Press, 2006 Today is their Creator, Dye Hard Press, 2008 Who was Sinclair Beiles? (co-edited with Eva Kowalska), Dye Hard Press, 2009 and 2015 Romancing the Dead, Tearoom Books, Durban, 2009 Sky Dreaming, Graffiti Kolkata, India, 2011
I Remain Indoors, Tearoom Books, Stockholm, 2013
Off-ramp, Dye Hard Press, Johannesburg, 2013
Don't Stop Until Incinerated, Tearoom Books, Stockholm, 2016
In Naked Field, Concrete Meat Press, Leicester, England, 2019
Thunder on the highway, Dye Hard Press, Johannesburg, 2020
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