Talk: Writing John Cage

Thursday 21 February, 2013 - 8.30pm

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Poet and writer Peter Jaeger discusses the relationship between Cage’s writing and his many interests, from 1960s ‘happenings’ to environmental and ecological discourse, and Zen Buddhism.

Peter Jaeger is a Canadian poet, literary critic and text-based artist now living in the UK. He is currently the holder of an AHRC research fellowship, to puruse work on John Cage. His previously published work includes the poetry collections "Power Lawn" (1999), "Eckhart Cars" (2004), and "Prop" (2007); the bookworks "Rapid Eye Movement" (2009) and "The Persons" (2011),  as well as the critical study "ABC of Reading TRG: Steve McCaffery, bpNichol, and the Toronto Research Group" (2000). Writing by Jaeger has appeared in numerous journals, as well as in such anthologies as "Against Expression"  (2011) and "The Reality Street Book of Sonnets" (2009). He has also recently co-edited a special issue of the Canadian journal "Open Letter" on the subject  “Negotiating the Social Bond of Poetics.”  This issue takes Lacan's mid-period work on the social as a starting point. His next  book, “John Cage and Buddhist Ecopoetics” is scheduled to come out from Continuum Press in September. Jaeger teaches poetry and literary theory at Roehampton University, and divides his time between London and rural Somerset, where he lives with his family.

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