Skip to content Skip to footer links

Readings in Contemporary Poetry

Michael Gottlieb and Tom Raworth Tribute

Tuesday, November 13, 2018, 6:30 pm, Dia Chelsea

Event Details
Tuesday, November 13, 2018, 6:30 pm

535 West 22nd Street, 5th Floor
New York City 

Readings in Contemporary Poetry curator, Vincent Katz provided an introduction for the evening's reading.

Free for Dia members; $10 general admission; $6 admission for students and seniors 

Advance ticket purchases recommended. Tickets are also available for purchase at the door, subject to availability. 

Michael Gottlieb is a poet and the author of nineteen books. He was born in New York City and graduated from Bennington College in Vermont where he studied writing and painting. In addition to numerous collections of poetry, his published work also includes memoirs and essays. His most recent titles are What We Do: Essays for Poets (Chax Press, 2016), I Had Every Intention (Faux Editions, 2014), and Dear All (Roof Books, 2013). A first-generation member of the Language School, he helped edit one of its foundational magazines: Roof. His work appears in numerous anthologies including Against Expression: An Anthology of Conceptual Writing (Northwestern University Press, 2011), edited by Craig Dworkin and Kenneth Goldsmith, and an upcoming pre-Flarf anthology, edited by Drew Gardner.



what settled on top of the conversation

an epochal event

what you assumed at first
was idle flattery
scattered across
an untroubled surface
beneath which
drowsily stirred
some soon to be roused

it was a name-day
it was a famous conversion
it was the sort of assortment
you once could only dream of
it was like that special person
showed up for your reading
as if it had only been a few weeks
since you last crossed paths

and he was as alive
as you or me  

Tom Raworth Tribute
Due to an unexpected illness, one of the scheduled readers was not able to be present on this date. A tribute to poet Tom Raworth was therefore arranged. At very short notice, Bruce Andrews, Kyle Dacuyan, Andrew Levy, and James Sherry agreed to join curator Vincent Katz in honoring Raworth. Raworth had been invited to read at Dia in 2013, but his health worsened shortly before the date of his reading, forcing him to cancel his trip from England.

Raworth was an English-Irish poet, typesetter, publisher, editor, and teacher, who published over 40 books of poetry and prose during his life. He was born in 1938 in Bexleyheath, Kent, and grew up in Welling. He earned an MA ​in the theory and practice of literary translation from the University of Essex in 1970.

Beginning in 1961, with a literary journal called ​Outburst​, Raworth started his publishing career, bringing to the fore a number of British and American poets, including Carol Bergé, Paul Blackburn, Gregory Corso, Robert Creeley, Fielding Dawson, Ed Dorn, Allen Ginsberg, Anselm Hollo, LeRoi Jones, David Meltzer, Charles Olson, Gary Snyder, and ruth weiss. Raworth also founded Matrix Press at this time, publishing books by David Ball, Dorn, Piero Heliczer, Hollo, and others. In 1965, Raworth and Barry Hall set up Goliard Press, which published books by Tom Clark, Jack Hirschman, Hollo, Olson, Ron Padgett, and Aram Saroyan, among others.

Raworth was the author of the poetry collections ​The Relation Ship​ (1969), ​Moving (1971), ​Ace​ (1974)​, Nicht Wahr, Rosie?​ (1979), ​Writing​ (1982),​ Tottering State: Selected Poems 1963–1983​ (1984),​ Visible Shivers​ (1987), Eternal Sections (1993), Clean and Well Lit: Selected Poems 1987–1995 ​(1996), M​eadow​ (1999)​, Collected Poems (2003),​ Caller and Other Pieces ​(2007),​ Windmills in Flames: Old and New Poems (2010),​ Structures from Motion​ (2015), and ​As When​ (2015). He also collaborated with visual artists Joe Brainard and Jim Dine.

Raworth passed away in London in 2017.




Photo: Don Stahl

Readings in Contemporary Poetry: An Anthology

View details

Get Dia News

Receive Dia News and be the first to hear about events and exhibitions happening at our locations and sites.