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Monday, May 1, 2017
Poetry Scores presents “Do Not Die: The Poetry of Marine Petrossian”
Poet from Armenia visits St. Louis
and Granite City for multimedia collaboration, May 26-28
Photo by Hayk Gevorgyan
Scores will present “Do Not Die: The Poetry of Marine Petrossian,” a
multi-media exploration of new work in English translation by a poet from
Armenia who will visit St. Louis and Granite City for the events.
scores of Marine Petrossian’s poems, performed after she reads each poem, will
be presented Friday, May 26 at the Schlafly Tap Room in downtown St. Louis. The
night starts at 9 p.m. with National Steel Guitar legend Tom Hall. Poetry
Scores goes on at 10 p.m. with Marine reading before local artists scoring her
poems for rock music, including: Three Fried Men, Nick Barbieri, Mi Gett, Carl Pandolfi,
Robin Allen, Michael Apirion, Sean McGovern, Sherman S. Sherman, Mike Stuvland
and Robert Goetz. At 11 p.m. Accelerando will perform its scores of Marine’s
poems, and a score by Andrea Perkins of Hawaii, after Marine reads each poem,
followed by other songs from Accelerando’s repertoire.
This is a
free show. The Schlafly Tap Room is a brewery and restaurant that makes its own
craft beer and delicious food with a full-service bar. (Schlafly Tap Room: 2100
Locust St., St. Louis 63103; 314-241-2337; www.schlafly.com).
scores of Marine’s poems will be presented in an art invitational at Mad Art
Gallery in Soulard 7-10 p.m. Saturday, May 27. At least 20 visual artists will
make or reposition work in response to one of Marine’s poems and take the poem’s
title as title for the art. These works will be for sale, with any proceeds
split evenly between artist, gallery and Poetry Scores. Artists confirmed for
the invitational include: Gina Alvarez, Adrian Aquilino, Amy Bautz, Michael Behle, Jeff Brawn,
Keith Buchholz, Heather Corley, Jon Cournoyer, Gina Dill-Thebeau, Deborah Douglas, Suzy Farren, JoAnn Houle, Chris King, Alicia LaChance, Tim Meehan, Susan Paszkiewicz,
Stefene Russell, Lyndsey Scott, Dana Smith, V. Elly Smith, Mark Stephens, Robin Street-Morris,
Andrew Torch,Timothy E.
Wagner and Eric Woods of Firecracker Press. The art invitational is curated by
Gina Alvarez and Chris King. Marine Petrossian will perform her poems 8-8:30
p.m. in the gallery.
This is a
free show. Mad Art Gallery operates a cash bar. Our host Ron Buechele is likely
to translate a Marine poem into a cocktail. Jocko Ferguson will certainly score
Marine’s poetry as food, which will be available for a pittance. (Mad Art
Gallery: 2727 South 12th, St. Louis 63118; 314- 771-8230; www.madart.com).
May 28, Marine will perform her poetry following Sunday service at St. Gregory the
Illuminator Apostolic Church in Granite City, which starts at 9:30 a.m. Service
usually ends between 11:30 a.m. and noon, at which time there will be
refreshments at the hall with the poetry performance. (St. Gregory: 1014 W
Pontoon Rd., Granite City, Illinois 62040; 618-451-7884; http://www.stgregorychurch.net/).
is an Armenian poet and essayist whose writings and TV appearances made her a
public figure. She lives in Yerevan, Armenia. The start of her literary career
coincided with the end of the Soviet Union. Her first book was published in
Yerevan in 1993, just two years after Armenia, formerly a Soviet republic,
became independent. Since then, she has published another four volumes of
poetry in Armenia. Her work has been translated into French and published in
France, and translated into Spanish and published in Argentina. She
self-translates her poetry into English (recently, in collaboration with Arthur
Kayzakian) and this work has been published in Transcript, Europe's online review of international writing, as
well as in Deviation, Anthology of
Contemporary Armenian Literature. She has been a writer in residence in
California, New York and Vienna. This is her first visit to St. Louis, though
in 2016 scores of her poems were performed in St. Louis in “Grandchildren of
Genocide,” Poetry Scores’ recognition of the centennial of the attempted
Armenian genocide in Turkey.
Scores is an unincorporated, unfunded, all-volunteer, international arts
collective based in St. Louis that builds community by translating poetry into
other languages and media. It has done projects with Wole Soyinka, Les Murray,
Paul Muldoon, Peter Balakian, Ece Ayhan, and the estates of Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, Ludwig
Wittgenstein, Albert Saijo, and Anne Sexton, among other poets and estates. Wole
Soyinka, the Nobel laureate in literature from Nigeria, told The Alton Telegraph that Poetry Scores
is “a very special celebration of creative collaboration.”
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