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.

In the same way that Herbert Spencer simplified and misrepresented Darwin’s theory of evolution into their bleak and dangerous vision of social competition, so the spirit of Anarchism has been actively misrepresented and vilified by the collusive vortex of conservatism and political socialism. As that vortex gradually spins off its axis, could asserting Anarchism’s real meaning be the best defence against the dire wave of populism sweeping through the Euro-Atlantic world?—even simply as the philosophical foundation from which organised political institutions can be formed to replace ineffective and corrupted representative electoral processes with truly democratic systems of deliberation and random selection. Here’s a less-than-random selection of tracks that hopefully capture a little of that spirit, and its healthy disdain for the status quo––collected from the ongoing audio-bibliography that once helped inform Rupert’s ‘Zibaldone III of CVX’ release on the great Berceuse Heroique… bookended by two of Soledad Bravo’s stirring ‘Cantos Revolucionarios’, we also find a recital of ’The Death of Kropotkin’––Herbert Read’s poem remembering Emma Goldman’s account of the beloved Russian anarchist’s passing, along with other fragments of the ‘black and scarlet banner’.


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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