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Poet-critic Joshua Clover headlines Just Buffalo's BIG NIGHT!


Say poetry is understood as a specific mode of engaging the same set of problems that everything else means to engage. And the desire of poetry is not to represent the world but to change it and be changed by it; to be adequate to its time, of its time, part of the constellation. Say poetry is understood as being a way of grasping things that otherwise would escape, or grasping things in a way that understands them otherwise: a kind of counter-cognition.
                                                        --Joshua Clover and Juliana Spahr, "The 95ยข Skool,"
               from Poets on Teaching: A Sourcebook (University of Iowa Press)
California native Joshua Clover is one of a handful of top poet-critics on the contemporary scene adept at writing across disciplines and boundaries of professional discourse in his explorations of the interstices between poetics, popular culture, politics, economics, and critical theory in a variety of publications.  The University of California-Davis based professor is currently a Fellow at the Society for the Humanities at Cornell University, researching a book project on poetry and political economy.
Saturday, he will be the featured guest of this month's Just Buffalo BIG NIGHT celebration along with music by the electro-acoustic improvisational sound group Lulldozer, and an interactive installation by computer/media artist Timothy Scaffidi.
Clover is the author of two collections of poems--The Totality for Kids (University of California Press, 2006), and Madonna anno domini (LSU Press, 1997), which was poet Jorie Graham's pick to receive the 1996 Walt Whitman Award from the American Academy of Poets

Clover is also a widely published critic and journalist, a frequent contributor to The New York Times Book Review and The Nation magazine,  and is the poetry editor for the Village Voice Literary Supplement.  His book-length contribution to the Modern Classics series for the British Film Institute, The Matrix, was published in 2005. He is also the author of a book of cultural history and criticism 1989: Bob Dylan Didn't Have This to Sing About (University of California Press, 2009).

He is also a columnist for the publication Film Quarterly and serves on its Editorial Board.  Writing under the pseudonym "Jane Dark," Clover has been an occasional contributor of film and music reviews to The Village Voice.  Up until recently, he maintained a blog on music and popular culture called jane dark's sugarhigh!, which you can still visit at
The festivities begin at 8 the Western New York Book Arts Center, 468 Washington St. (at Mohawk St.), in Buffalo.  As with all BIG NIGHT events, there will food by gourmet chef and Blazevox Books publisher Geoffrey Gatza.  Admission is $5; free for members of Just Buffalo and its affiliate organizations.
--R.D. Pohl
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