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Language is a Temptation: Artist Bill DeNoyelles Reads July 4 from Bernadette Mayer’s Memory

Jul 04 | Sat |
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Poets House will present a reading of July 4 from Bernadette Mayer’s Memory by Artist Bill DeNoyelles on Saturday July 4th at 3:00 PM EST. The reading will be available on the Poets House Instagram page, YouTube channel, and website. This upcoming reading is part of the Language is a Temptation series of daily readings throughout the month of July.

Bill DeNoyelles is the co-founder and editor (with poet Phil Good) of the magazine Blue Smoke, publishing New York School poets alongside Bolinas (CA) and Naropa (Boulder, CO) poets. A forerunner to the ‘zine craze of the 1990’s, the magazine was self-published on the infamous United Artists AB Dick Mimeo machine and proved to be the last of its kind, folding after four issues. From 1987 – 1990 he was the personal and studio assistant to Mrs. Milton Avery in Bearsville NY. Bill Considers Bernadette Mayer the singular most important influence on his life as an artist and in 1993 accompanied her to Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado to assist in the presentation of her seminal, conceptual photographic work Memory.

In July 1971, Bernadette Mayer embarked on a month-long experiment: every day she exposed a roll of 35mm film and kept a journal. The result was a groundbreaking, conceptual work, comprised of more than 1100 photographs and two hundred pages of text. Mayer’s durational and constraint-based diaristic work of poetry and photography investigates the nature of memory: its surfaces, textures and material.

Throughout July, Poets House and Siglio Press will embark on a month long daily experiment: a passage from the corresponding day in 1971 will be read by poets, writers, critics, and artists, as a parallel durational work that celebrates the new publication of Bernadette Mayer’s Memory, which brings together the full sequence of images and text for the first time in book form.

Founded by two-time U.S. Poet Laureate Stanley Kunitz and legendary arts administrator Elizabeth Kray, Poets House serves as a home for all who read and write poetry. In 2009, Poets House moved into its permanent home at 10 River Terrace in Battery Park City on the banks of the Hudson River where, last year, 80,000 people walked through its doors, and more than five million were introduced to Poets House through its new website and national partnerships. 2017 marks the 30th Anniversary Celebration of this landmark institution. For more information about these events and Poets House in general, visit and find us on Facebook and Twitter.

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