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Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Andrew Taylor: Trains and White Fields (for Patricia Farrell)

Trains and White Fields 
        for Patricia Farrell

Up here
      against the window
rain pelts

the white has remained

Space enough to sleep
white dots on blue

Tailor made blinds in a rainbow of colours
are available 

Cold tea 
      slightly milky

in a Whittard mug
leftover from the 90s

a Northern Line greeting 
the archive remains

Painting winter hollow the fields an empty sight
the hills are like sorrow

Mike Lawson's ‘Christ in the Wilderness’
bubble wrapped stored

Up here

[acknowledgements to Brett Anderson]
Patricia reading at Blackburne House; photo (c) Andrew Taylor.

 Andrew Taylor is a lecturer in English and Creative Writing at Nottingham Trent University. He previously worked at Edge Hill University with Patricia Farrell. On occasion, they would share a train journey to Ormskirk and the walk to the university. Often they would talk about poetry and art. They also shared time together as members of the Edge Hill Poetry and Poetics Research Group. Once they went to Tate Liverpool with creative writing students. They also launched their debut poetry collections together in Liverpool. See here for that event!

More on Andrew Taylor from those Poetry and Poetics Research Group 1 days here (with poetry) and here (with poetics). And his website for up to date information here.

 Visit the Patricia Farrell Celebrations Hub Post (with links to all the rest) here.

Monday, December 05, 2016

Gilbert Adair: PMB for Patrica

PMB                                        for Patricia

I must learn how to express

the gentleness of things’ roughened

textures way I sketcht my nudes here   

in Paris. the only way to get some-

where & become something. let’s

paint all week & on Saturday I will

come to you. an impatience even w/

apostrophes. (telegrams). blaming

“all men” y’know one himself not

having been raised as one. wie

schade. I will be sent on a train into

this century.

Gilbert Adair 

"PMB" is taken from Syzem Book Two, an aesthetic/cultural translation of William Blake's Milton Book Two presently in progress (Book One having been published by Veer in 2014). The extract was written perhaps a year ago, w/ Patricia - who first introduced me to the work of Paula Modersohn-Becker and her importance for Rilke, as well as her relevance to any contemporary take on the Orpheus and Eurydice myth (a version of which, perhaps unconsciously, seems to be playing out in Blake's poem) - very much in mind. That is, w/ Patricia very much in mind. For this, much gratitude - and Happy 60th! (GA)

 Visit the Patricia Farrell Celebrations Hub Post (with links to all the rest) here.

Sunday, December 04, 2016

Adrian Clarke: An Austerity Measure for Patricia’s Birthday

rat cat
King action
misplaced one
-way arrow
static disrupts
the fabulist
off course
Leviathan beached
Babelish nonplussed
at the
crossroads tongues
glossing origins
too old
to hunt

 Visit the Patricia Farrell Celebrations Hub Post (with links to all the rest) here.

Jazz Monthly December 1956

Visit the Patricia Farrell Celebrations Hub Post (with links to all the rest) here.

Saturday, December 03, 2016

Partricia Farrell's poems (online links and video)

See a list of Patricia's publications here. And an account of the publication of her Shearsman volume The Zechstein Sea here. Some thoughts on the publication of her Veer score A Space Completely Filled with Matter here.

See here for 'Travelling on one Ticket', from this blog. 

Hear her reading at The Other Room (Manchester) here. And here you may access her British Library recordings on the Archive of the Now.

‘Tower of Silence’ appeared on Shadowtrain here.

Finally, watch the video of Patricia performing 'Conversational Nuisance', her collaboration with Joanne Ashcroft, as performed at the Liverpool Camrade in early 2015. Note ears. There's a little bit more about it here.

Visit the Patricia Farrell Celebrations Hub Post (with links to all the rest) here.

 Patricia launching her Knives Forks and Spoons booklet at Mello Mello in Liverpool

Friday, December 02, 2016

LIFE December 1956: Special Issue: The American Woman

Visit the Patricia Farrell Celebrations Hub Post (with links to all the rest) here.

Patricia Farrell: Links to some visual work

Last year Veer published Patricia's A Space Filled Completely Filled with Matter and I posted the publication details here. This work was a visual dance score written for Jennifer Cobbing and she performed it a number of times, with Jennifer and with Veryan Weston (See here for some details; and here).

The work may also be viewed here in low-fi, but the print version is the true representation of its glory. Here they are as raw links:

Here is an early addition to this blog here, a visual work by Patricia, 'Tomorrow's Attack Objects Talk'

Here are some images of Patricia installing her art work at Bank Street Arts in Sheffield, a brilliant set of 25 images to accompany Helen Tookey's poems, '25 Views of Japan'. 

A previously unposted image of Helen and Patricia dismantling the exhibition
See more images from Card Alpha here.

Read (no images) about the collaborative work with Robert Sheppard Fandango Loops here.

Here's a bonus track, as it were, the computer image Patricia made for the cover of my book The Poetry of Saying. I gave it the silly title Otherwise Than Beings, but then there are not many good jokes in the world of Levinasian studies!

Patricia in Amsterdam

takes you to more visual work on her website

Visit the Patricia Farrell Celebrations Hub Post (with links to all the rest) here.

Thursday, December 01, 2016

December 1956 Patricia Farrell Celebrations (Introduction and Index to all posts for her)

It happens to us all, and it certainly happened to me: becoming sixty. (See posts beginning here and here for my surprise in November 2015).

This year Patricia Farrell will be sixty on 12th December 2016. There will be private celebrations.

But I thought a more public celebration of her as an artist, poet, philosopher, teacher, etc etc might be in order. To this end I am planning to put up posts Pages this month, first about her (building a comprehensive list of online resources of her work); then a series of posts dedicated to her by others', homages and dedications - and even birthday wishes! I shall round off with a few poems of my own.

So the first few posts are going to start with facts.

Patricia Farrell lives in Liverpool. She is a poet and visual artist. She co-organised the SubVoicive reading series in London in the 1980s and was a member of the arts group New River Project.  She has collaborated with other writers and artists, most notably Robert Sheppard, as well the installation artist Jivan Astfalck, on the project B*twixst, and with Jennifer Cobbing, and Veryan Weston on the dance piece, A Space Completely Filled with Matter.  Her work is published in a range of magazines and collections, including A New Tonal Language in the Reality Street‘4 pack’ series, as well as individual pamphlets: most recently, Seven Bays of Spirituality (Knives Forks and Spoons Press). She completed a PhD thesis in 2011 on poetic artifice in philosophical writing.  Her collection, The Zechstein Sea, was published by Shearsman Books in 2013.

The self-describing pages of her website may be accessed here: 

Patricia’s website is which is a neat updated account of her many overlapping activities.

This will also become a hub post, linking to posts as they appear: (MORE EVERY DAY)

Main posts:

Links to Patricia's visual work here.
Links and video of Patricia's poetry here.
Adrian Clarke: An Austerity Measure for Patricia's birthday here.
Gilbert Adair: 'PMB' for Patricia here
Andrew Taylor: 'Trains and White Fields (for Patricia Farrell)' here.


American Woman: Life magazine December 1956 here.
Jazz Monthly December 1956 (Lester Young) here.

Friday, November 25, 2016

North West Camarade is on its way!

This tour is in association with Steven Fowler's Enemies project. I will be organizing the Edge Hill leg (wing?) along with Tom Jenks, who is helping with the organisation and the pairings of writers. We are nearly there and a list will be available soon! Liverpool! Manchester! Leeds! Sheffield! (Ignore the poetic licence with geography and enjoy the poetry!)

More here: and more there later, as the pairs of writers are confirmed. I know I'm collaborating with Joanne Ashcroft (we intend to revisit our Slovak invention from EUOIA). And that Patricia Farrell is one of the touring poets.

More on all of this later...