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 Amos Weisz, Worksongs

Great Works is emphasising the writings and translations of Amos Weisz (1962–2008) to help publicise the publication of his selected poems, Worksongs, to be launched in London on November 4, 7.30 pm, at Iklectik Art Lab, 20 Carlisle Lane, Waterloo, London SE1 7LG. There will be some memories of Amos Weisz, by people who knew him, some reading of his poems, and copies of the book will be available. We can commemorate together a proud and intense poetic voice, that catastrophically silenced itself. You will find information on Amos Weisz on the Amos Weisz page of Great Works, and links to all the writing by him on the website on the Texts page, including all the texts added in the run up to the book launch.

New on Great Works are five more pieces by Amos. There are two short and intense poems, To my daughter and Adonis, a Prospectus for Makeshift Press, which he had entitled "programmatic apology for the existence, dissemination and production of mad poetry", a more prosaic account of Make Shift Press, written for a magazine for people with mental health conditions, a very short, quite lyrical prose piece, The End of Mourning, and one of several attempts to end the Byronesque Non Juan.

Don't forget you can now buy Worksongs! It is available via Waterstones Marketplace, or from this site using PayPal, at £10:

painting used on cover of Worksongs

The project of Great Works is that of publishing innovative poetry in modernist/postmodernist modes. This is is a site for innovative writing: modernist, postmodernist, archaic. It proclaims the need to let a thousand flowers bloom, and rejects any single definition of what writing is. It welcomes alternative poetries and other writing. It proudly offers no retrieval of coherence at a higher interpretative level.

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August 28, 2016 — Peter Philpott    top

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