EVERY POET KNOWS TIME

Rupert Clervaux/CVXBimestrialWednesdays6PM - 7PM

Listen to producer Rupert Clervaux/CVX's three-acts residency, entitled "Every Poet Knows Time", subtitled "Zibaldone of LYL I, II, III" in reference to his previous album and Giaccomo Leopardi's philosophy book.

Zibaldone II of LYL, deconstructing the strange 10” dubplate of the second ‘Zibaldone of CVX’ release, traces a shapeshifting course between the words of two poets: Geoffrey Hill, who managed to tune his harp of nerves, with chemical assistance, into a flurry of late-style prolificacy; and Anne Sexton, who tragically and hauntingly personified that ‘awful rowing toward God’ of her posthumous final collection. Music to hold in suspension, to express and address, perhaps even to relieve (if only temporarily) existential angst, insecurity, grief of loss, the alienation of the modern psycho-social condition, the prosthetic schizophrenia of social media…


With its strict constraints of rhyme and metre, the Villanelle was famously described as ‘exquisite torture’ by one anthologist. However trying the process, the braiding refrains seem to slide effortlessly into musical and rhythmical settings. This music mix, of some genre-founding classics with a host of profoundly forward-thinking current releases, sets the scene for three selected poetic works in the Villanelle form––along with the unrivalled Thylias Moss reading ‘Sunrise Comes to Second Avenue’ and discussing her vision of the future of poetry, and some speech fragments and loops of Derek Walcott and Ursula K. Le Guin…


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