An audience of approximately thirty-five people turned out to hear poet Michael Davidson read in the Arthur Hill Auditorium on the UMaine campus as part of the fall 2007 New Writing Series.
Davidson opened his set with two pieces—”Subject Matter” from Post Hoc and “You Were Saying” from The Arcades—that are scored for two voices (poet & UMaine professor Jennifer Moxley supplied the second voice). He then read further from Post Hoc, The Arcades, and “Bad Modernism,” a sequence from a manuscript in process. A question and answer period followed, during which Davidson spoke about the formal and conceptual constraints that shaped his sequence, “Screens,” and about the sources, more generally, of the various projects he’d read from. He also spoke about how the process of losing his hearing forced him to rethink some basic, aural-centered, assumptions he’d had about poetry. A detailed set-list will follow.
Davidson’s visit to UMaine, which also included a lecture drawn from his forthcoming book, Concerto for the Left Hand: Disability and the Defamiliar Body, was generously co-sponsored by the UMaine Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Study.
The event, which was introduced by Steve Evans, was recorded on digital video tape; vhs- and dvd-duplicates are available through the English Department (contact Steve Evans or Hansie Grignon on FC).
Michael Davidson reading from a new manuscript
Davidson and Moxley perform a poem for two voices
Some of Davidson’s many books
Entertaining questions after the reading