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Sue Sigmon Williams, A Wife's Journey
Reading and Book Signing: Wednesday, October 11 at 7pm

Poem 88 EDITIONS is pleased to announce the publication of A Wife’s Journey by Sue Sigmon Williams. Written over the last two years, the book provides an honest and intriguing telling of William’s self-discovery from the perspective of the freedoms and the confines of marriage and of motherhood. A native of Charlotte, North Carolina, Sue Sigmon graduated from The Women’s College of the University of North Carolina and married Neil Williams in 1958. Three years later, with a law degree for Neil and two-year-old son, they moved to Atlanta for Neil to practice law. In this memoir, Sue gives her account of their life together as they and their son and daughter matured and found ways to enjoy and contribute to life around them. Sue’s career as a singer, music educator, and writer as well as her and Neil’s extensive civic involvement with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Trinity Presbyterian Church figure prominently in the book.

Soft-bound, 305 pages, the book is divided into ten chapters with foreward and afterward, and with 11 color and black and white images.

Please RSVP to robin@poem88.net. Books will be available for purchase.

Wednesday, July 26 at 7pm
Conversation and Cocktails: Chuck Reece of the Bitter Southerner in conversation with Poem 88 artist Micah Cash . Followed by dinner at Floataway Cafe



June 14 to August 5, 2017

Judy Henson, Island, 2017, dye sublimation print on aluminum

Art Vandenberg, Stele, 2017, color digital print, 15" x 15"

Micah Cash, Apalachia, Reservation, 2015

Shana Robbins and Julie Travis


Go to the Correspondences page for this summer series of short exhibitions, informal talks, and performances that address our desire to restore a natural equilibrium in opposition to the multitude of perils that threaten our environment, the body politic, our spirits, and sense of fairness and justice


Book signing: Saturday, April 22, 2pm
Jiha Moon, Double Welcome Most everyone's mad here


Book presentation:
Sally and Carl Gable discuss Palladian Days: Finding a New Life in a Venetian Country House

Saturday, January 28, 2017 at 4pm

We are pleased to present Sally and Carl Gable who will give a presentation about their home in Italy, Palladio's Villa Cornaro, and their experiences renovating and caring for this exquisite architectural landmark.

Palladian Days is nothing short of wonderful–part adventure, mystery, history, diary, and even cookbook. The Gables’ lively account captures the excitement of their acquisition and restoration of one of the greatest houses in Italy. Beguiled by Palladio and the town of Piombino Dese, they trace the history of the Villa Cornaro and their absorption of Italian life. Bravo!” –Susan R. Stein, Gilder Curator and Vice President of Museum Programs, Monticello

In 1552, in the countryside outside Venice, the great Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio built Villa Cornaro. In 1989, Sally and Carl Gable became its bemused new owners. Called by Town & Country one of the ten most influential buildings in the world, the villa is the centerpiece of the Gables’ enchanting journey into the life of a place that transformed their own. From the villa’s history and its architectural pleasures, to the lives of its former inhabitants, to the charms of the little town that surrounds it, this loving account brings generosity, humor, and a sense of discovery to the story of small-town Italy and its larger national history.

Books will be available for purchase.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at 7 pm

As part of our November celebration of Poem 88's six-year anniversary,  we are very pleased to host the book launch for our dear friend, Atlanta poet Jimmy Lo. The Sea is White is a small cycle of poems that explores many obsessions, among them: memory, language, animals. It has been described as charming, dark, and strange. Jimmy will read from the new volume.

Many of the poems in it have been published in literary journals including Little Red Leaves, Jubilat, and 42Opus.

We'll be serving light refreshments. Books will also be available for purchase.


Tuesday, Aug 2, 2016 at 8 pm: Sarah Louise performs


"Although Sarah Louise has only one release to her name so far, Vol. 12 quickly places her alongside impressive contributors like Sir Richard Bishop, Glenn Jones, Bill Orcutt and Tashi Dorji. But Louise's music is spiritually and tangibly set apart from her peers', her 12-string compositions culled from birdsong and rivers as well as the sacred drone of Appalachian folk music."


Sean Abrahams: Inky Freakouts, book signing
Sat, June 25, noon

New from Poem 88 EDITIONS, Sean Abrahams: Inky Freakouts, is a black and white offset printed, two-sided broadside on ivory paper, 20" x 30"; Frontispiece and four page spreads taken from Abrahams' sketchbook, and includes a foreward by Dr. Mark J. Estren, author of A History of Underground Comics.

Limited edition of 125. $25

Sean will be present to sign your zine. Please join us!!

Afterward at 2pm, Robin Bernat will be sharing some selections from her own collection of artist books that includes several Nexus Press publications, among others.

Light refreshments.

Sat, June 11, noon-8 pm

Poem 88 will be at the Atlanta Zine Fest, and feature the brand new from Poem 88 EDITIONS, Sean Abrahams: Inky Freakouts, a black and white offset printed, two-sided broadside on ivory paper, 20" x 30"; Frontispiece and four page spreads taken from Abrahams' sketchbook, and a forward by Dr. Mark J. Estren, Author of A History of Underground Comics, $25. Sean will be present to sign your zine. Look for our table at Murmur. Inky Freakouts, Bright Star by Robin Bernat, Pictures Take You Places by Phillip Match Jones, Saudade by Robin Bernat, and Istanbul Drawings by Jon Ciliberto will all be available for purchase.

Atlanta Zine Fest at Murmur
100 Broad Street SW
Atlanta Georgia 30303

Sat, May 21, 1 pm

Join us for a triple-header book signing!

Poem 88 artist Carol John, H.G. Robert, and Robin Bernat will all sign their newest publications

Carol John: Pot Liquor collects four decades of Carol John's brilliantly colored paintings, showing how her work has evolved, shifted and sometimes circled back on itself over time. An essay by Dennis Harper, curator of collections and exhibitions at the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art at Auburn University and an artist himself, situates John's work among her peers and influences, examining it through art historical eyes. Studio photographs by Rinne Allen show John's paintings in relation to one another, and design by Michael Lachowski (of Pylon) brings out their fun and social nature.

H.G. Robert, #?Selfies, Social media is making us narcissistic. We possess a personality disorder that involves a preoccupation with ourselves and how we are perceived by others. We pursue gratification from vanity and from the admiration of our own physical and intellectual attributes.H. G. Robert's book, #Selfies, explores "the selfie syndrome" via 33 colored ink selfies, each captioned with a 5-7-5 humorous senry? poem. Foreword by art critic, Cinque Hicks.

Bernat's Saudade is an artist book exploring love and melancholy in a 32-page volume of images and poetry. Images of classical beauty mingle with their dark cousins.

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Sat, May 7, 7 pm

Harmonie Universelle performs "New Music for Old Instruments":
Contemporary pieces composed for 18th-century instruments

Catherine Bull, baroque flute
Janice Joyce, baroque flute
Jacob Bitinas, viola da gamba


Epigrams & Canons (1989) for two baroque flutes by Ezra Laderman (1924-2015)
“Anspielungen” (“Trials, Allusions”)  by Hans-Martin Linde (b. 1930) (1988), for solo baroque flute
“Hijaz,” for viola da gamba by Martha Bishop (b. 1937)
“Papilionoidiae” (2014), for two baroque flutes by Martha Bishop

Composer Martha Bishop is a resident of Atlanta. She has played in the cello-section of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and also with them as a soloist playing viola da gamba; and she has played with period-music ensembles throughout the Southeast, including Harmonie Universelle, New Trinity Baroque, and the Atlanta Baroque Orchestra. Her teaching-career includes tenures at Emory University, Agnes Scott College, and Clayton State University. She is respected internationally as a performer, teacher, and composer for the viola da gamba, being among the first to create and publish new music for an instrument that passed out of common use over two hundred years ago.

$10 suggested donation for the musicians; pay what/if you can

Fri, Apr 29, 6 - 8:30 pm
Sat, Apr 30, 11 am - 5 pm

Studio Sale to Benefit Feminist Women's Health Center

Poem 88 will host a pin-up show of its women artists to benefit the Feminist Women's Health Center in Atlanta, Georgia. The Health Center is Atlanta's leading non-profit women's health resource, earning an outstanding reputation for providing quality care and community education, while working to improve women's health. Fifteen percent of all sales will benefit the Center. Participating artists include: Jessica Caldas, InKyoung Chun, Judy Henson, Carol John, Faith McClure, Sharon Shapiro, Hannah Tarr, Zuzka Vaclavik and Nancy VanDevender.

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Sat, Feb 27, 1 pm
Book Signing:
Years Yet Yesterday
by Mark Addison Smith

Years Yet Yesterday is an artist’s book by New York City-based artist Mark Addison Smith. The book is a gay abecedary (in alphabetical order) using words spoken by playwright and activist Larry Kramer in his 2004 AIDS crisis, call-to-action speech, The Tragedy of Today’s Gays. Smith completed the drawings and subsequent book—a hand-lettered set of 24 grayscale eye charts—to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Kramer’s NYC speech and has recently designed and printed the book (in a limited-edition of 365 copies, all numbered and signed) with funding from the Research Foundation of the City University of New York. The artist’s book was developed in tandem with Smith’s 2015 solo exhibition at Chicago’s LGBT Center on Halsted, in commemoration of World AIDS Day, which featured the book’s 24 source drawings.

Each page is dedicated to a letter in the alphabet, and drawn using three words—rewritten hundreds of times—that appear in the original speech (this abecedary contains 24 works because Kramer’s speech did not include any words beginning with an X or a Z). The three words of each panel can be read in any order to invite viewers to reflect upon and question a decade-long sliver of the 30+ ongoing years of the AIDS crisis. You can read more about the work in Out Magazine and in an interview with Nelson Santos of Visual AIDS.

The book has recently been accessioned into the collections of the MoMA Franklin Furnace Artists Book Collection, Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) Chicago, Whitney Museum Frances Mulhall Achilles Library, Center For Book Arts in New York City, Yale Arts Library Special Collections, ONE National Gay + Lesbian Archives at University of Southern California (USC), Joan Flasch Artists Book Collection in Chicago, Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) Fleet Library Artists’ Book Collection, and the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) Artists' Book Collection, among others. Limited quantities are available for sale at Boekie Woekie in Amsterdam.

Artist’s Book: Years Yet Yesterday, 2015, 60 pages, 9.5 x 9.5 trim size, soft back with gatefold flaps, offset + digital printing, $30.

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about Mark Smith:
Mark Addison Smith’s design specialization is typographic storytelling: allowing illustrative text—oftentimes, repurposed from other speakers—to convey a visual narrative through printed matter, artist’s books, and site installations. He holds a Master of Fine Arts in Studio from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) and teaches in the Art Department at The City College of New York (CUNY) in Harlem.

Fri, Feb 12, 8 pm

Valetine's Salon

Join us for an evening of poetry and music featuring Harmonie Universelle (Catherine Bull and Daniel Pyle) in a concert of music by Henry Purcell and his contemporaries in England — songs, and chamber music with strings and flutes. Poets include Kevin O'Gara, Justin Barisich and Robin Bernat among others. Our special Pink Punch will fan the flames of love. A suggested contribution of $10 strictly supports our musicians.

$10 suggested donation for the musicians.

Saturday, October 3 at 1pm

Julie Püttgen:
Inner Beauty Pilgrimage Project to the Sacred Ordinary Everywhere

The Inner Beauty Pilgrimage to the Sacred-Ordinary Everywhere is part tent revival, part spa, part art installation, part meditation retreat, part lemonade stand, and part call of the open road.  Offering a full line of Inner Beauty Tools and Treatments, and supported by a successful Kickstarter campaign, the Pilgrimage’s mission is to create open, safe, collaborative spaces in which to explore:

When I say “inner beauty,” what do I mean? 

What makes me free?  

What makes me not-free? 

How do I work compassionately with my pain and the pain of others?

What am I thankful for?

What is my true nature, and how do I manifest this in the world?

` is an artist, sometimes college art professor, passionate advocate for creativity, scruffy traveler, sometimes chaplain, serial contrarian & idealist, meditation teacher, and former Buddhist nun.  She conceived the Inner Beauty Project in collaboration with Brooklyn-based artist Elana Langer (www.whatiliveby.com).  

Friday, August 7, 2015 at 8:00pm
Film Screening: Over Your Cities, Grass will Grow

In conjunction with the exhibition Brambles, Roads, and Fields, we will have a screening and discussion of the film Over Your Cities, Grass will Grow (2010) by director Sophie Fiennes-- a documentary about the artist Anselm Kiefer and his massive Gesamtkunstwerk "La Ribaute" on 35 acres of land in Barjac, France.

Our Annual Valentine's Day Salon

inspired performances of music and poetry Friday, February 13 at 7:30pm

Join us for a celebration of love and heart-break, joy and anguish. Readings from poets Laura Carter, Misty Harper, Michael Hessel-Mial, Jimmy Lo. Musical performances by Harriet Roosterson and others TBA.


Wednesday, 7 January, 9 pm.

Battery-Powered, Mono Out

An evening of small quiet electronics. Performers use only battery-powered devices, with a single mono audio output. These rules are intended to expand through contraction, and to fill the large space like a darkened forest with a nightnoise of small electronic creatures. Can you hear the creatures?

No computers.


Cedro Danado
Gage Gilmore
Robby Kee - soundcloud.com/roberthayeskee
Lindsay Smith
Frank Schultz & Adam Babar

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Ben Cosgrove at Poem 88 gallery from {Poem 88} Gallery on Vimeo.

Sunday, 11 January 2014, 6-8 pm

Ben Cosgrove is a touring composer, pianist, and multi-instrumentalist based in New England. He performs regularly across the US and Canada, writes scores for films, plays, radio, and television, and has produced several well-received albums of original instrumental music. His live performances on solo piano are at once dazzling and intimate, the music both delicate and commanding. From 2012 to 2014 Ben served as the Signet Artist-in-Residence Fellow at Harvard University, and he has also held residencies and fellowships at Acadia National Park, Isle Royale National Park, Middlebury College, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology.

In recent years, Ben’s interests in landscape, place, and ecology have become the strongest forces guiding his composition and performances. “I don’t think of my pieces as rendering places in music,” he notes in an article in Harvard Magazine, “but more just as responding to places musically. Writing music just turns out to be a great way for me to process the world.” For years, Ben has been inspired by the ways people respond to built and natural environments, and through songs with names like “Prairie Fire,” “I am Walking Inland,” “Nashua,” and others, he seeks to recreate these phenomena with sound. A year spent researching the preservation of natural soundscapes in America’s national parks has also shaped much of his new material. “I’m interested in the relationship between sound and a sense of place,” he says. “So much of the North American soundscape is becoming clouded with drones and mechanized noise that it’s quickly losing the rich diversity you see in the continent’s visual landscape.”

In February 2014, Ben released a highly anticipated album of new material, much of which reflects this concern. Field Studies is his first full-length studio offering since 2011?s Yankee Division , which focused specifically on the environment of north-central New England. The music on Field Studies looks through a broader lens, considering the human experience of many dramatically varied physical landscapes across North America. Different sections of the album utilize field recordings, innovative arrangements, and elegantly interwoven melodies to evoke deserts, wilderness lakes, prairies, mountain ranges, coastlines, and sprawling suburbs all in turn. In one piece, swirling arpeggios capture the disorientation of a fast drive across the plains; in another, murmuring dissonances suggest the swell of the tide. Taken as a whole, the new record and the performances Cosgrove has given in the wake of its release offer a one-of-a-kind aural tour of the continent.

In addition to his solo work, Ben works with a wide range of other artists: he tours and records regularly with the Minnesota-based stompgrass band Saint Anyway and constitutes one half of the folk duo 90-Mile Portage. In 2014 he produced and engineered a new record, Ellery, for the Maine-based singer-songwriter Max Garcia Conover, and he has also worked with musicians including David Berkeley, Charlie Christos, Forrest O’Connor, and Dedric Clark, playing keyboards, upright and electric bass, mandolin, trombone, trumpet, accordion, ukulele, violin, and other instruments both in concert and on record. He regularly composes string and horn arrangements for others’ projects and has recorded original music for clients including Grand Teton National Park, WHRB, Bristlecone Media, and the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.

Monday, 8 December 2014, 6-8 pm

PICTURES TAKE YOU PLACES, book signing with Phillip March Jones!

Pictures Take You Places by Phillip March Jones contains 52 full color postcards with caption on the reverse side from POEM 88 EDITIONS.

Pictures Take You Places is a daily photographic discipline, a sensitive index of the artist's encounters with beauty, serendipity and the ironic. While many of the images are quickly composed, remote and sometimes overly clever, the overall effect of the collection of images is more phenomenological. That is to say, taken as a whole, Jones seems to be saying something much more personal about his experience of each place and thing, and the resulting images reveal his intentionality.

Formal aspects like composition, color arrangements and qualities of light serve a common purpose of capturing the poetic and the provisional.

Amusing cultural markers, signs, and texts that lavish in the ironic are, instead, upended by the persistent inclusion of beauty and even the sublime. Desolation weighs on every image lending the collection a supremely post-apocalyptic intensity.

Taken primarily in the United States and Europe and uploaded daily to TUMBLR, Mr. Jones' photos reveal his present surroundings and are made immediately and instantaneously available for viewing and reviewing through electronic media. The book is a distillation of a year's worth of image-making shared across continents and free of editorial commentary.

about Mr. Jones:

Phillip March Jones is an artist, writer, and curator who splits his time between Lexington, Kentucky and New York City. He is founder of Institute 193, a non-profit contemporary art space and publisher in Lexington, Kentucky and director of Christian Berst Art Brut, a gallery located on New York's Lower East Side. His works and writings have been published by Vanderbilt Press, Dust-to-Digital, and the Jargon Society, among others.

Wednesday, 10 December 2014, 6-8 pm

429 presents 429Inspired in Atlanta

Join FourTwoNine Publisher Richard Klein and Photography Editor Joseph Alfieres for 429Inspired in Atlanta, with a special guest speaker. Cocktails, Conversation, and Cause to benefit GLAAD: the voice for LGBT Equality.

About FourTwoNine Magazine:
FourTwoNine highlights an ambitious and successful lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and ally (LGBTA) community and inspires the trailblazing instincts of its readers. Featuring innovators in technology, entertainment, design, media and politics, FourTwoNine showcases the ways in which our leaders are changing our world with sophistication, power, and a bold redefinition of what it means to be LGBT.

For more information and a preview of our latest issue, visit the site at dot429.com/subscribe Cocktails sponsored by SKYY Vodka

Hosted by: Joseph Alfieres, Robin Bernat, Kevin Ireland, Richard Klein, Eric Mask, Mimi McCain, and Paul Tuminaro.

**Donations for GLAAD are welcome at the event, and 10% of all art sold at event will be donated to the organization

Friday, October 3

Poetry at Poem 88

featuring Amy McDaniel, Josh Spilker, Matthew Sherling, Sasha Klupchak and Michael Hessel-Mial

8pm to 10pm

Host Michael Hessel-Mial (aka Karaoke Doctor, aka Greatest Poet Alive, aka PhD2B) will be our guide as we enjoy performances by:

Amy McDaniel - founder of 421 press and frequent author at HTML Giant

Josh Spilker - founder of I Am Alt Lit and author of Taco Jehovah, forthcoming 2015

Matthew Sherling - author of Bring Me My Absolute Surrender

Sasha Klupchak - filmmaker and poet, draws snakes and fantasizes about being a shark

Saturday, October 4

Artist talk for current exhibit, LEAVES OF GRASS



Saturday, October 11 at 1pm

Drawing Plant Auras: a Workshop with Hope Hilton

Join artist Hope Hilton as we explore the mystery and beauty of plants by learning how to discover their auras. Based on her work with plants as the medicine of slaves and investigation into local, native plants as well as her interest in silence as a sounding board for discovery, Hilton will conduct a small group in the ways plants transmit their energy through a series of drawing exercises. RSVP required. Limited to 10 participants. $20 for materials.

Saturday, November 8 at 1pm
Order of the Third Bird Attention Lab with Hope Hilton

Join artist Hope Hilton as we will pay attention, very special attention, to one work of art from the current exhibition. In steps, we will then encounter, write, and discuss. FREE but limited to 20 participants. RSVP required.

"Some degree of confusion exists concerning the history and activities of the body known as “The Order of the Third Bird”—which would seem, at least in its modern incarnation, to be a clubbish and somewhat arcane association of histrionic aesthetes. The manifest form of the Order’s current work takes the shape of ritual performances of collective “attention” to works of art. To what end? A fragment of their own writings offers the following:

"The number of accumulated works of art in the world now exceeds the number of persons on the planet. If each of these human artifacts can be understood as a reified request for attention, the nature and scale of the problem immediately becomes apparent. The Order of the Third Bird—an association of like-minded individuals (together with an intimate penumbra of splitters and apostates) who work at the convergence of performance and aesthetic theory—have devoted themselves to this overwhelming cause."

For more information, contact Robin Bernat, robin at poem88 [dot] net


Sunday, June 22 4 pm - 6 pm

Mendelssohn Trio No. 2; Anderson Hill at Poem 88 from {Poem 88} Gallery on Vimeo.

The Anderson Hill Trio plus wine and champagne tasting presented by Théâtre du Rêve.

In conjunction with the exhibition Carol John: "oh", the Anderson Hill Trio will perform at Poem 88. Led by violinist Adrianne Munden-Dixon, the program includes Mozart's Piano Trio No 5. in Bb Major, Prokofiev's Five Melodies and Mendelssohn's Piano Trio No. 2 in C minor.

Immediately following the concert, Théâtre du Rêve will offer tastes of several French wines and champagnes in support of their upcoming programming. $10 for the music + $15 for the French wine tasting.

The New York-based Anderson Hill Trio is part of a new wave of young artists breaking the mold of classical music today. While rooted in the tradition of Western classical music, the AHT is committed to the development of instrumental music and the commissioning of new works for violin, cello, and piano. Members of the AHT have worked with and collaborated with such award-winning composers as Nicholas Virzi and Paul Dooley. In addition to performances in concert halls, the AHT also appears in non-traditional venues such as galleries, bars, and homeless shelters. As students of the SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Music, members of the AHT have been coached by musicians in the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and faculty members of the Juilliard School and Manhattan School of Music.

Sunday, MAY 18 12:00- 4:00pm

Live Tweet Reading of Glenn Ligon's “Kelley Walker's Negro Problem"

Please join us on this weekend for Sundays at PARMER from noon to 4:00pm for a live tweet reading of Glenn Ligon’s text “Kelley Walker's Negro Problem” in Parkett, Vol. 87, 2010. This is the second of three Sunday reading groups that will draw from Nikita Gale’s selection of texts chosen to contextualize her practice and exhibition #parmograph at PARMER on view April 19 – June 8, 2014. The reading groups will be co-hosted by PARMER in Brooklyn and spaces throughout Atlanta, Georgia, where Gale is currently based. The live tweet exchange between the concurrently held reading groups—in Atlanta and Brooklyn—offers a platform to record the dialog between the these communities and the discourse building around the work and text.

NIkita Gale will host the {Poem 88} reading group in Atlanta at the gallery and the Brooklyn group will take place at PARMER in Bedford Stuyvesant. To learn more about {Poem 88}— an Atlanta-based gallery under the curatorial direction of writer and filmmaker Robin Bernat whose programming includes musical performances, literary readings, and film screenings—please visit their website. If you would like to follow or participate in the conversation but are not able to attend please search for or use the hashtag “#parmograph.”

If you plan to join either group please RSVP to info@parmer.info.

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PARMER 464 Quincy St. #1 Brooklyn, NY 11221
{Poem 88} 1100 Howell Mill Rd.#3A04 Atlanta GA 30318


Saturday, MAY 3 at 4:15pm

Book Release: Electronic Corpse: Poems from a Digital Salon, ed. M. Ayodele Heath

This anthology features collaboratively created poems by 84 contributors of all experiences and geographies – from state poets laureates to casual journalers; from Pennsylvania to Georgia to South Korea, India and South Africa. In 2012, inspired by the early 20th century French surrealist parlor game, Exquisite Corpse, M Ayodele Heath began hosting collaborative poetry-making sessions, or digital salons, on his Facebook page. To date, more than 150 poets participated in these virtual events. Heath chose the very best 50 poems, out of hundreds, to carefully catalogue, assemble and preserve.Published by Svaha Paradox Salon of Pittsburgh, PA.

Featuring solo and collaborative readings from contributors including: Christina Springer, Collin Kelley, C.G. Brown, Dan Veach, Jennifer Balachandran, Jon Goode, Miss Haze, Robert E. Wood, Rupert Fike, Teri Elam, Theresa Davis, and editor M. Ayodele Heath; copies of the book will be available for purchase.

Sunday, February 9 from 4pm to 6pm
Valentine's Salon

Join us for our annual celebration of love in all its forms through performances of music and poetry. Headlining the afternoon will be legendary drummer Kinah Boto, Grammy-nominated trumpet player Russell Gunn, and saxophone/multi-instrumentalist Hiron Roy (Good Golly Svengali) in performance. Local poets will read their own verse along with some shorter musical interludes. Readers include Maggie Ginestra, Jimmy Lo, James Sanders, Judy Henson, Robin Bernat, Kevin O'Gara... to name a few. Valentine punch and goodies. Merriment and woe guaranteed. $10 suggested contribution for the performers. Free parking in the parking deck.

Tuesday, Feb 4, 7 pm
Panel discussion:
Ten Years After "A Quiet Crisis" with Brendan Carroll, Craig Drennen and Shara Hughes

Ten years ago, Senior Editor of Art in America, Raphael Rubenstein published the essay “A Quiet Crisis.” In the article, Rubenstein laments the loss of value judgments by means of historical significance. Rubenstein offers a counter argument to Arthur Danto and pluralism while imploring artists, critics, and institutions to return comparative analysis to their practice. After nearly a decade, this discussion, lead by artists Brendan Carroll, Shara Hughes, and Craig Drennen will thrash out what impact the article has made and how artist today assess their work. Additionally, Carroll offered these insights into the artist's process in a recent article for Burnaway titled "Patience and Painting" (December 5, 2013). You can access the article here.

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Book Release:
She’s Got What It Takes
American Women Artists in Dialogue
, Deanna Sirlin

Saturday, November 23 at noon

Sirlin's book is a critical yet intimate look at the lives and work of nine noted American women artists who have been personally important to artist and author. Having followed and drawn inspiration from their work for over thirty years, Sirlin decided to visit and talk with each of these artists in their studios; her goal was to find out how these women think about making art, how they view their place in history, and what it means to be a woman artist today. In documenting these meetings, this book captures the continuing vitality of a group of women who have committed their lives to their respective artistic visions. It also conveys the deep sense of kinship Sirlin has come to feel with them, and the way these encounters have added meaning to her own sense of herself as an artist. Published by Charta Art Books of Milan, Italy. Deanna Sirlin will be joined in conversation with Atlanta artist Sarah Emerson; copies of the book will be available for purchase.

Out of this World film series

In conjunction with THE LAST ONE, Poem 88 will screen four science fiction films on successive Fridays in November. Screenings begin promptly at 8pm. $5 suggested donation.

Nov 1 Moon (2009) director, Duncan Jones
Starring Sam Rockwell and Kevin Spacey, Moon portrays the dramatic unraveling of astronaut Sam Bell as he nears the completion of a three-year solo mission on the dark side of the moon. 97 min.

Nov 8 Gattaca (1997) director, Andrew Niccol
Starring Ethan Hawke and Jude Law, Gattaca is the tale of a dystopian future where eugenics determine each individual's fate. 106 min.

Nov 15 Solaris (1972) Andrei Tarkovsky
Tarkovsky's 1972 masterpiece presents the story of Russian cosmonauts and their interaction with the planet Solaris. An ultimate tale of wish-fulfillment, Solaris appears to a have a subconscious link to the cosmic voyagers and conjures into being their lost loved ones. The cosmonauts must grapple with what to do with these non-human proxies. 165 min.

Nov 22 La Jetée (1962) Chris Marker
Constructed almost entirely of film stills, La Jetée tells the story of a post-nuclear war experiment in time travel. 28 min. This film will be presented along with a live performance by Atlanta musician Victor Pons!

Atlanta Gallery Weekreception:
Wednesday, October 2, 7pm to 9pm

Special for Atlanta Gallery Week, artist Judy Henson will create a site-specific installation, Old Forest_Remnant Light, in the front window of {Poem 88}.

A former exhibition designer at Fernbank Science Center, Henson's creation embraces ideas of the diorama and the Wunderkammer, its antecedent. Within a grid structure, layers of color transparencies and found objects evoke a feeling of discovery.

Judy Henson completed her BA in art at Cornell College and her MFA in sculpture at Ohio State University. After graduate school she worked for many years in the field of exhibit design for art, history and natural history museums, including Fernbank Museum in Atlanta. She was also involved in the Atlanta art community in the seventies through editorial work for Contemporary Arts Southeast and Atlanta Art Papers, now Art Papers. She has exhibited at the Forrest Avenue Consortium, Heath Gallery, the High Museum of Art (The Avant-Garde: 12 in Atlanta, curated by John Howett), the Atlanta College of Art (Origins and Evolutions, curated by Genevieve Arnold), Nexus Contemporary Arts Center (The Avant-Garde Revisisted), the Michael C. Carlos Museum (Connections and Contradictions: Contemporary Art from Atlanta Collections, curated by Genevieve Arnold), and MOCA GA (A Tribute to the Artists of Heath Gallery).

Wednesday, June 19 at 7pm

film discussion: Grizzly Man (2005) by Werner Herzog

In conjunction with Et in Aracadia ego: Sean Abrahams, Ted Fair and Allyson Ross, please come for a discussion of the 2005 documentary film Grizzly Man by German filmmaker Werner Herzog. In the film, Herzog presents the life and dramatic death of amateur naturalist Timothy Treadwell, who, while studying grizzlies in the Alaskan wilderness, was mauled and eaten by a bear. The film includes Treadwell's own footage as well as interviews with Treadwell's family, friends, park rangers, locals, and especially the coroner all whom expound on Treadwell's activities, speculate on his state of mind and offer their own views about Treadwell's project.

The film presents a fascinating entree to a discussion of our perceptions of wilderness, wild animals, and our ability to thrive in such an environment. Moreover, the film brings up ideas about our desire to dominate the natural environment while simultaneously alienating ourselves from it: all themes that are also explored in the exhibition.

In Manolo Dargis's 2005 NYTimes review of the film, she says:

Treadwell's adventures among his beloved grizzlies were also a kind of performance, built on lies and truth and played out on the stage of celebrity. Even though his choices were dangerous and finally fatal, he traveled a familiar American path shaped by boundless optimism and an almost religious belief in the self. He lived among grizzlies because he believed that he could.

The film is available streaming on NETFLIX.

Saturday, June 29th, 4-6 pm


Cynthia and Vince's signature is a warm blend of tight harmonies with a backup of guitar and dulcimer acoustic, covering multiple genres including folk, blues, country and pop. They have been playing in the North Georgia area for the past five years including Gibbs Gardens, Three Sisters Winery, The Jasper Art Festival, Sharp Top Mountain Art Gallery, Mountain Conservation Trust, Big Canoe Veranda, Amicalola Falls Lodge and Dawson County Artists Assoc.



early July:
ORIANNE SOCIETY OF RABUN GAP visits {Poem88} with some of their wild friends.

Saturday, July 27, noon to 4pm

{Poem88}'s first mini Book Fair

Saturday, May 4, 7:30pm to Sunday, May 5, 2am

Please join us on Saturday, May 4 for an Antonioni Movie Marathon. In conjunction with BLOW-UP, we will be screening Michelangelo Antonioni's famous film trilogy, "L'Aventtura" (1960), "La Notte" (1961), and L'Eclisse (1962). In each film, Antonioni brilliantly breaks with cinematic conventions: narratives change mid-course, long takes portray an ever-present ennui, casual seduction replaces the grand love story, main characters walk out of the picture plane never to return again. It has been said that Antonioni's films encapsulate the modern condition and, whereas his contemporary Ingmar Bergman presents a series of morality tales, Antonioni, instead, explores the human condition almost as a surrealist might: the passage of time never seems correct, the stories are more akin to dreams.

The films are free and parking is free in the White Provision parking deck.

Sunday May 12 8:00pm
Chamber Cartel and the nobrow.music.collective

Atlanta's own Chamber Cartel and the Ohio based nobrow.music.collective come together to present a night of post minimalist music. The evening will include 5 Quiet Machines by Marc Mellits, Lipogram from Straitjacket by Mark Applebaum, Elliot Cole's Postludes, and Science is Only a Sometimes Friend by Aaron Siegel. Come on out and support local and new music!

Marc Meillts' "5 Quiet Machines" (2006), written for Cello, Piano, and Marimba, was arranged for the group Real Quiet from "5 Machines" (2000). The New York Press has said about Machine 5 that it "...is reminiscent of Riech's work, but with even more complicated cross-rhythms and syncopations...

"Lipogram" is the third movement from Mark Applebaum's "Straitjacket." Written for percussion soloist and percussion quartet, this particular movement only deals with vibraphone. The Four ensemble players come and strike a massive chord on the vibraphone and the soloist mutes sounding notes to make a new chord.

"Postludes" is a book of eight pieces for a familiar instrument played in a new way. Four players, with eight double-bass bows, play interlocking lines on a single vibraphone. The interplay of bows and hands tapping, muting and touching harmonics, weaves an intimate and intricate counterpoint that is as beautiful to watch as it is to hear: fragile, tender and haunting.

Science is Only a Sometimes Friend is scored for eight glockenspiels and organ. The constant chiming of the glockenspiels creates a halo of harmonic activity around the performers that shifts depending upon the location of the listener. This mysterious whistle is anticipated, yet oddly vague, sometimes more present and other times hidden. The piece tests the science of attention and the counterpoint of daydreams.

Admission will be pay-what-you-can (cash). We suggest 10-20$ per person but no one will be turned away!

Wednesday April 17 8:00pm

Lucio Menegon, Caleb Herron

4-17-2013 Lucio Menegon & Caleb Herron at {Poem 88} from {Poem 88} Gallery on Vimeo.

Lucio Menegon is a composer, collaborator and sonic artist. His work ranges from avant garde improvisation to melodic based song composition. With general disregard for genre, Lucio creatively combines the interesting and appropriate - freely mingling angular riffs, subtle sounds and sheer noise with fucking awesome in-free-fall after jumping out of a balloon capsule at the edge of space guitar work. kingtone.com

Caleb Herron is chiefly a percussionist, but he is also a composer, improvisor and organizer. He focuses on new music and has a developed interest in Morton Feldman, Iannix Xenakis and John Luther Adams. Caleb is the director of the Chamber Cartel, an Atlanta-based new music ensemble.

WATCH a short video from the performance.

Saturday, April 13, 2013 8:00 pm

FILM LOVE presents:

We Are Winning, Don’t Forget
Works by Jean-Gabriel Périot
Filmmaker in person

"Périot’s work is distinguished for its intense, emotional approach to contemporary and historic political themes." – Sally Berger, Department of Film, Museum of Modern Art

Working with found footage and still photographs of historic events, Jean-Gabriel Périot creates videos of cumulative emotional power, works that tap into deep currents of history and memory.

In these videos, Périot uses diverse editing techniques and digital manipulations to literally run history backward (Undo), reconstruct a devastated Hiroshima (200000 Phantoms), remind us of hidden streams of power and authority in society (The Barbarians) and indict mob rule – even when they’re on "our side" (Even If She Had Been A Criminal…). These hard-hitting works are juxtaposed with shorter, acerbic pieces of irony and wit, skewering the conformities of gay assimilation (Before I Was Sad) and eco-consumerism (#67).

Unifying these works are Périot’s compassion for his subjects, unsentimental view of political resistance, and ability to avoid despair without denying its existence in our world. And his virtuosic repurposing of the resonant footage he finds provides another layer to these works: a deeply ambiguous take on media, imagery, and historical representation.

Périot’s videos have been shown in numerous screenings and exhibitions and on television worldwide, including such venues as the Tate Modern in London. On April 13, together with {Poem 88}, Film Love is proud to host Jean-Gabriel Périot on his first American tour – directly after his first solo screening at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. The artist will introduce his work and answer questions.

We Are Winning, Don't Forget is organized by Amélie Garin-Davet and Steve Holmgren, and is presented with support from UnionDocs and The Cultural Services of the French Embassy and the Museum of Modern Art.

PROGRAM notes below by the artist

Nijuman no borei (200000 Phantoms) (2007), 10 min
"Hiroshima, 1914-2006."

The Devil (2012), 7 min
"’You don’t know what we are.’ A visual history of the American Civil Rights Movement."

Undo (2005), 10 min
"Today’s been sad. Tomorrow won’t get any better. Let’s un-do it all over again."

We Are Winning, Don’t Forget (2004), 7 min
"We are many, we are uniforms, we smile in the pictures, but we are NOT happy."

The Barbarians (2010), 5 min
"If politics were to come back, it could only be from its savage and disreputable fringe. Then, a muffled rumor shall arise whence that roar is heard: ‘We are scum! We are barbarian!’

(Alain Brossat)" Even If She Had Been A Criminal… (2006), 10 min
"France, Summer 1944. The public punishment of women accused of having affairs with Germans during the war…"

#67 (2012), 2 min
"A film about politics and tomatoes."

Before I Was Sad (2002), 4 min
"Before I Was Sad is a very short animation movie about the utopia of integration. It’s the story of a gay man, sad of the gay way of life and trying to be ‘normal.’ The movie shows ironically that integration could destroy all the differences."

Between Dogs And Wolves (2008), 28 min
"A young man, looking for a job…"

Sunday, 17 February, 8 pm

Chamber Cartel is kicking off our 2013 season with a bang! The A/B Duo from Chicago will be performing multiple selections on the program. Poem 88 will present this concert titled "The Art of Noise."

Program to include:

The Flight of the Bleeper Bird By Matthew Joseph Payne
The Art of Noise by Janice Misurell-Mitchell
Hyxos by Giacinto Scelsi
Patty Cake by Sean Griffin

Tickets will be $10 (cash) at the door.

Chamber Cartel is a misfit bunch of musicians bringing the experimental and avant-garde music tradition to life in Atlanta. Their second season "What are we doing? Where are we going?" will take a look at contemporary classical masterworks of the 20th century as well as perform the music of some of today's best emerging composers.

Out of the basement rehearsal rooms of Chicago’s Symphony Center, the energetic forces of flutist Meerenai Shim and percussionist Chris Jones forged together to form the A/B Duo in Spring of 2012. This new duo has already premiered and recorded The Art of Noise by Janice-Misurell-Mitchell and has embarked on their first concert tour in Winter of 2013. A duo that specializes in new works, the A/B Duo dedicates their efforts to commissioning and championing new works for the flute and percussion repertoire. abduo.net/wp/

Saturday, 9 February, 3 pm
BURNAWAY Public Panel: "“Living Walls and the Perils of Public Space”
moderated by Cinque Hicks. (Read Cinque's editorial here.)

Saturday, 26 January, 2 pm

Artist talk at L.P. Grant Mansion
with musical performance by Sarah Henson

In conjunction with five Poem 88 artists' work appearing at the L.P. Grant mansion – Atlanta's oldest residence, and site of the Atlanta Preservation Center – a talk, with "period" music performance by Sarah Henson.

At 327 St.Paul Avenue SE, Atlanta, Georgia 30312


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Friday, 28 December, 9 pm.

Battery-Powered, Mono Out

An evening of small quiet electronics. Performers use only battery-powered devices, with a single mono audio output. These rules are intended to expand through contraction, and to fill the large space like a darkened forest with a nightnoise of small electronic creatures.

No computers.

Unisa Asokan - soundcloud.com/empremix
2bit Haven -
hoka no na - soundcloud.com/hoka-no-na
Robert Hayes Kee - soundcloud.com/roberthayeskee
J Waters - dubbnormal.bandcamp.com/

12-28-2012 Battery-Powered, Mono Output from {Poem 88} Gallery on Vimeo.

12-28-2012 Battery-Powered, Mono Output at Poem 88 from {Poem 88} Gallery on Vimeo.

13-17 December, 88 Keys at Poem 88
A special series of piano-centered musical events

14 December, 7 pm
Chamber Cartel presents The Party.

This is a non-holiday themed party to celebrate new music. Lasting 4 hours (7-11 pm), the Cartel will perform pieces by today's leading composers of new and experimental music. The event will have mini concerts interspersed with social mingling. Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for students (w/valid ID). Open Bar.

15 December, 8 pm
Tim Whitehead, piano

Variations by Anton Webern
90+ by Elliot Carter
Mad Rush by Philip Glass
Wed by David Lang
Piano pieces by Hywel Davies

Tim Whitehead is a graduate of The Eastman School of Music and has been both a long and short term resident artist at The Banff Centre in Alberta, Canada. He has performed throughout the United States, Canada, and Western Europe, and has been heard on National Public Radio, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s ZedTV, and Radio Suisse Romande. His performance at TedTalks in 2011 was broadcast live internationally. In 2010 he was appointed pianist in Sonic Generator, Atlanta's pre-eminent new music group and ensemble in residence at The Georgia Institute of Technology.


16 December, 8 pm
Mary Williams

Mary Williams and her band will be performing her first-ever collection of songs.

Mary Williams, piano and voice
Robby Handley, bass
Marlon Patton, drums
Blake Williams, electronics

Wednesday, 28 November, 8 pm
Chamber Cartel with special guests Valerie Kheune and Joey Molinaro.

Atlanta-based ensemble Chamber Cartel has proceeded through 2012 with a series of (mostly) monthly performances of contemporary and 20th century chamber music. This hugely ambitious project reaches its penultimate stage with a performance of the well-known improvised game piece by John Zorn, Cobra. New York musicians Valerie Kheune (cello) and Joey Molinaro will perform original works as well.


Saturday, December 1 at 6:30pm
Closing for Guy Mendes 40/40
Film Screening: George King's Ten Thousand Points of Light

In celebration of the photographic portrait, {Poem 88} presents Atlanta documentarian George King's Ten Thousand Points of Light (1991) to welcome in the holiday season. This re-release by Dust to Digital celebrates the 20th anniversary of the film. Shot on VHS tape in 1989 and 1990, Ten Thousand Points of Light is available on DVD for the first time. DVDs will be available for purchase. TRT: 32 minutes.

“Kitsch alert! Worshippers at the shrine of Elvis and followers of pop culture take note. Ten Thousand Points of Light is a wry, understated and terrifically funny look at the Townsends, a suburban Atlanta family who, every holiday season for eight years, transformed their Stone Mountain area brick ranch house into a meteoric blaze of Christmas lights. Known as both “the Christmas House” and the “the Elvis House”, the Townsend’s home was visited yearly by vast numbers of people, many of whom viewed a trip to the land of a thousand tchotchkes as an annual pilgrimage".
- Linda Dubler, Creative Loafing

Review at daily.greencine.com.

This will be the last opportunity to see GUY MENDES 40/40......

Friday, October 5 at 8pm

Jazz for 1961 Performed by Zac Denton (piano) & Kinah Boto (drums)

Kinah Boto & Zac Denton performing John Coltrane's "Alabama" from {Poem 88} Gallery on Vimeo.

Please join us for a special performance of jazz music from the era of 1961 to accompany the current exhibit, Nikita Gale: 1961. Percussionist Kinah Boto and pianist Zac Denton perform music by John Coltrane, Charles Mingus, Max Roach, Nina Simone, and original compositions. Suggested donation: $10

Films for the 99%

{Poem88} will be screening Films for the 99% as a means to engage Atlantans in a dialogue about politics and protest in America. These films share a common social consciousness, highlighting social and economic injustice with the aim of lifting our minds to a place of greater equality for everyone. Films will be screened twice monthly on Wednesday evenings.

The films are free, screenings at 8 pm. Free parking, too.

Wed May 2
Fur (2006) Steven Shainberg

Wed May 16
To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) Robert Mulligan

Wed June 6
The Battle of Algiers (1966) Gillo Pontecorvo

Wed June 20
Trumbo (2007) Peter Askin

Wed July 11
Norma Rae (1979) Martin Ritt

Wed July 25
Hunger (2008) Steve McQueen

Wed Aug 1
When I Rise (2010) Mat Hames

Wed Aug 15
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) Frank Capra

Wed Sept 5
Paris is Burning (1990) Jennie Livingston

Wed Sept 19
In This World (2002) Michael Winterbottom

Wed Oct 3
Umberto D. (1952) Vittorio De Sica

Wed Oct 17
The Garden of the Finzi-Continis (1970) Vittorio De Sica

Thur, August 2, 8 pm
Book Release for Atlanta Poets Group Anthology: The Lattice Inside

Please join us for the release Atlanta Poets Group Anthology: The Lattice Inside (The University of New Orleans Press) which chronicles the group's work and activities over its 10+ year history. Snacks, sips, sonnets, stuff. Meet the contributors or try your best to avoid them.

Free and open to the public!

The Atlanta Poets Group (APG) is a writing and performing collective that has been operating and publishing since 1997 and has included roughly 20 participants. An Atlanta Poets Group Anthology: The Lattice Inside showcases the group’s varied poetic output and practices. Rather than the common "zoo for poets" layout, the book is organized around ‘nodes’— the concepts at the intersections of the APG’s activities— including improvisation, the polyphon, performance, poem-object, lattice, sound and process. More than a mere collection of works, this anthology is a window into the group’s ongoing experiment attempting to replace the poet as individual with the poet as transindividual: “a concept of poetry as a life activity, as a living activity. Poetry is the activity of language as much as it is the poems themselves.”

Copies will be available for sale.

Wednesday, July 18 at 8 pm

Stan Woodard for President, The Opera
“Good News for Modern America 2012”.


Vote Stan Woodard; it’s like voting for yourself!


Saturday, 30 July, 4 pm
Jon Ciliberto, Presentation on Journey to Pangmo book project, with chai, Indian sweets, and music performed on Indian instruments. Click here for the Kickstarter campaign for this project.

Films for the 99%

Wednesday, 2 May, 8 pm

Fur, An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus (2006)

Fur (2006) by director Steven Shainberg; "Fur" provides a fictionalized account of the life of Diane Arbus, starring Nicole Kidman and Robert Downey, Jr. Our film screening is one of a two-part program in conjunction with Jennifer Schwartz Gallery who will be presenting a book signing by a SCAD professor and Arbus scholar the following Friday...

Facebook link to the event

April 4, 7:30 pm

Film Screening: Before Night Falls (2000) by Julian Schnabel

Before Night Falls, directed by Julian Schnabel and starring Javier Bardem, tells the story of Cuban poet Reinaldo Arenas and his persecution and imprisonment by the Cuban government for his openly gay lifestyle. I have chosen this film in conjunction with the current exhibition, Living Color: new works by Julia Kjelgaard and Mehmet Dogu because of Schnabel's magnificent use of color. Schnabel and his cinematographers, Xavier Pérez Grobet and Guillermo Rosas, experimented with high-speed films in bright daylight to unbelievable effect. The saturated color creates a richness to the imagery, transporting the viewer to Cuba of the 1960s.

The screening will begin promptly at 7:30pm to allow time for brief discussion following the film.

April 14, 11am -1 pm
Musical Performance, Sarah Henson

at WonderRoot,
982 Memorial Drive Southeast Atlanta, GA 30316 (Google Map)

Sarah Henson learned to play guitar and banjo at the foot of the Black mountains in North Carolina. Dark, modal banjo tunes and the blues of the rural south inspired her early work, which evolved as she discovered Takoma players and contemporary classical composers. Her lush, hypnotic guitar and banjo compositions recall rhododendron thickets and countless hours playing by her crackling woodstove, and her voice reflects the soul of the field recordings she has absorbed over the years. She has combined these elements into a mature and original sound that pushes the boundaries of folk and experimental music.

Music from Sarah's 2010 performance at Poem 88.

A video from Sarah's 2010 performance at Poem 88.

April 18, 6 pm
Phillip March Jones Book Signing

Phillip March Jones, founder of Institute 193 and director of the Atlanta-based Souls Grown Deep Foundation, will be signing his new photographic collection, "Points of Departure: Roadside Memorial Polaroids" at Poem 88 on April 18. The book was published by The Jargon Society (Highlands, NC) and features a foreword by poet and scholar Thomas Meyer.

From the author:

"Roadside memorials mark geographical points of departure in a landscape that is generally devoid of real human interaction or activity. We pass them at sixty miles an hour, sometimes glancing back, but are never afforded the time to actually see them. This project is about slowing down.

Polaroid was a natural choice. Early in its development, Polaroid film was widely used by police officers and other law enforcement, because it produced an unalterable instant photo,irrefutable evidence of a particular event. These photographs are evidence of something greater, an unspoken need to commemorate and celebrate our own fleeting lives and stories."

Facebook Event link


Wednesday, March 7
{Poem88} artist Mehmet Dogu, whose work will be on view in the gallery in Living Color has chosen a reading by Kirk Varnedoe from his book, Pictures of Nothing. It addresses specifically ideas about minimalist painting.

Click here to download a PDF of the article.

Mehmet, who is an architect by training, an artist and exhibition designer will facilitate the discussion. Please feel free to post relevant readings on this event's Facebook page.

12 February 2012, 4 pm
Valentine’s Day Salon

Please join us for a Valentine Salon of music and poetry.

Free Poems on Demand
Robin Bernat
Heather Buzzard
Jon Ciliberto
Zac Denton
Jimmy Lo
James Sanders

Special treats by Stella & Dot! Surprises and refreshments, too!

15 February 2012, 8 pm
Book Release Party

With musical performance by Duet for Theremin and Lapsteel. Have a listen to some of that, here!

‎"In a series of successive cultural interventions of which Fort!/Da? is only the latest iteration, Robert Cheatham has sought to keep alive alternative models and modes of thought about the human condition, modes that belong to no single intellectual camp, though interdisciplinarity reigns supreme in all his enterprises.

"French and Italian philosophers are likely to find themselves keeping company with novelists, poets, and UFO researchers, with the results always happily unpredictable. " Jerry Cullum, editor-at-large, Art Papers

18 February 2012, 1 pm.

A last minute fill in for scheduled performer Pedro R. Rivadeneira, Jon Ciliberto performed music intended to react to Phillip Buntin's paintings at Poem 88. Listen to one of the performed pieces, for classical guitar and live processing, here.

Have a look at Phillip's paintings.

And here are the other two pieces of music performed:

This one has a live mike in the room, placed inside a wooden box atop which audience members were ask to make drawings on paper.

And an encore (of sorts), much more friendly.

8 February, 7 pm
Art Criticism Reading Group
For February's Art Criticism Reading Group, we will be reading Roberta Smith's review of the assorted Damien Hirst shows at Gagosian Galleries.... There are several provocative topics here: working serially, art as commodity, and, of course, the manufacture of art objects by persons other than the artist. Follow the link for the Times article as well as the pseudo-obituary from the Village Voice....

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Bagpipes in the Gallery
December 28, 2011

My old friend Mark V. dropped by to play bagpipes. You can watch a short movie here, and hear the world's first ever (I am fairly certain about this) bagpipes and ’ukulele duet.

Jazz Piano Originals and Standards, by Zac Denton
Saturday, December 10, 2011, 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Listen to Zac, with Drew Lloyd (bass) playing "Time Remembered", and solo on the e. piano.

Charlotte Graft, Ben Warsaw, and Jean Jansen in Concert
Sunday, December 11, 2011, 8pm

Free Concert of classical piano and electronic music by Charlotte Rada Graft, Benjamin Warsaw, and Jean Jansen with Jon Ciliberto.

~ Reception to follow ~

join us for a pre-holiday Holiday Market at { Poem 88 }

Saturday November 12
1pm to 5pm

Jewelry from Stella & Dot
Chocolates & candies from Sugar-Coated Radical
Dessert wines from Perrine’s Wine Shop
apparel from drue dun

Tuesday, November 8, 7-11 PM

Atlanta Art Now Launch Party - a creative black tie affair!

Click HERE to watch a short stop-motion movie from the event....

Join Atlanta Art Now as we celebrate the publication of our inaugural edition - Noplaceness: Art in a Post-Urban Landscape.

Tuesday, November 8, 7-11 PM @ Poem88 Gallery

Enjoy food, drinks, music and art as we shine the national and international spotlight on the Atlanta art scene!

General Admission Tickets - $25
Available at the door or online at www.atlantaartnow.com

Creative Black Tie Attire Required - celebrate in your own creative style!!

We look forward to ushering a new era in Atlanta art with you!!

Film screenings in conjunction with Holly White: Cinematic Language:

Thursday, November 10, 8pm: Summer Hours by Oliver Assayas (2008)
Thursday, October 20, 8pm: Claire’s Knee by Eric Rohmer (1970)

Monday, November 7pm

Please join us at the gallery for a talk and open discussion Monday, November 7pm "Can't Buy Me Love: Guy Debord in the age of the Society of the Spectacle." Presented by Emmanuel Guy in Collaboration with the Art History Department of Emory University and {Poem88}.

Emmanuel Guy is a former student of the Ecole Normale Supérieure (Paris), Agrégé de Lettres Modernes. Currently he is teaching Literature and Art History at Université Paris 13, and working on the Guy Debord Archives at the Bibliothèque Nationale de France where he will curate a Guy Debord exhibition in 2013. Also, he is leading the seminar "1955-1975 : sources et methods" at the Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris, with Sophie Cras.

A revolutionary artist, cut-up writer and Marxist strategist, Guy Debord co-founded two radical movements that continued the Dadaist and Surrealist tradition: the Lettrist International (1952-1957) and the more famous Situationist International (1957-1972). Within these politico-artistic collectives, he developed an uncompromising critique of modern art, urban planning, capitalist and communist ideologies, mass media and mass consumption society.

Born as an anti-art movement, the Situationist International increasingly became a political avant-garde group over the course of the 60's until its hour of glory: the student uprising of May 68 in Paris. Guy Debord ended the SI in 1972, but the group inspired a large part of the 70's counter-culture in Western Europe. Today, it is still a recurring reference for numerous authors, artists and political activists.

This presentation will focus on the art/politics interweaving within the situationist project : the construction of situation and the revolution of everyday life. Dérive, détournement, psychogeographie, urbanisme unitaire, and permanent play are the main anti-art practices invented by Guy Debord and his friends to fight back on its own ground the Society of the Spectacle: the pin-ups and Godard, Mao and Nixon, modernist architecture and advertisement…

This event is Free. Parking is also free.

Film screening in conjunction with Ryan Nabulsi: Photo Secession:

Thursday, September 29, 8pm: experimental films by Christina Price Washington

Art Criticism Reading Group

Beginning October 5 at 7 pm, {Poem88} will host an Art Criticism Reading Group facilitated by Paul Boshears, editor of the journal
Continent. The first readings will be focused on photography: a selection from Roland Barthes' Camera Lucida and/or a selection from Francois Laruelle's The Concept of Non-Photography. The group will meet regularly on the first Wednesday of every month at 7pm. For this first meeting, Paul has selected the readings, but after our initial meeting, participants may suggest readings for each successive month.

Please email your interest in participation to info@poem88.net, or seek us on Facebook to join.

Stop-motion movie from the reception for Ryan Nabulsi: Photo Seccession.

Eyedrum presents: Thresholds! A new presentation series hosted by Robert Cheatham

The synonyms for ‘threshold’ say as much as we need to know: brink, dawn, door, doorstep, doorway, edge, entrance, gate, inception, origin, point of departure, sill, start, starting point, verge, portal and probably many more that we could present.

These presentations are all about portals, possible openings (note the plural) into different forms, times and spaces. And, although it may seem a bit of hubris on our part, into the new, that which may be on the other side of the door sill. Granted, the term ‘new’ has been leveraged into banality by thousands of consumer ads; it may be time to degrease it and knock the rust off. The one thing that modernism has done is bequeath a patina of ‘been there, done that,’ a patronizing sense of familiarity with the world. It may be that the mechanisms of modernism have turned from excavating to backfilling. Even the very idea of ‘thresholds’ has been set on a wobbling axis by those who believe there is not, and cannot be anything radically new under the sun, and those who wish to bring back a sense of enchantment, of stepping through a portal, into a different world. (Let us just note in passing that the premier contemporary philosopher of the threshold Giorgio Agamben is not so sanguine about the possibilities of threshold events, in that ‘states of exception,’ ‘zones of indifference,’ ‘bare life’ and a general orientation toward human/inhuman thresholds lead to what some would claim as fascinating and others as fearful repercussions. But then, a threshold by its nature is also a zone of indeterminacy.)

Whether dream world or drudge world, prison world or paradise world, our technologies are ever on the way to seemingly making both come true simultaneously.

These presentations over the next six months will, with any luck, at least open thoughts to possibilities. We open the series with Rick Phillips and the UFO phenomena.

‘The particularly peculiar UFO phenomena' presentation by Rick Phillips

Can there be any three letters that inspire such shaking of the head or a quickening of the pulse as ‘UFO’? The UFO has to be one of the most visualized (while still largely invisible!) objects in the contemporary landscape, especially after five decades of cinematic explorations. Is there any single item on the cultural agenda that inspires more snarkery and ridicule on the one hand, and on the other hand such unselfish-devotion by amateurs to try to unravel the quixotic aspects of the UFO? (And I include in this, the urgency which some apparently feel, who wish to hoax UFO sightings) Is there less to the phenomena or much more to it, than meets the eye? Mr. Phillips asserts that not only is there more than meets the eye but that the phenomena has been morphing into many other forms, aspects, many more sightings being reported every year, and more theories to account for what they are. This should be a hair-raising ride through the mind field of contemporary mythos, where nothing is certain but that huge morphing bright light outside your window at three in the morning.

Rick Phillips, Market Researcher and Analyst in real life, deep into the alternative and esoteric in mental life. UFO blogger since 2007 with many followers, inspired by 1991 close up UFO sighting, brings full range of analytical skills in looking at the TOTAL UFO phenomena - with opinions you simply do not hear in the LameStream Media.

Articles by Phillips often find their way onto The Anomalist, The Debris Field and other fine anomalous websites. Additionally, Phillips talks about a `Phillips Phenomenology' system that is similar to the works of Sartre and Husserl - that `came' into his mind in the early 1970's while in altered consciousness states. Phillips was also interviewed recently by L.A. Marzulli for his highly followed webcast, as well as the UK show `Now That's Weird'.

Phillips's websites include www.theheavystuff.com and ufodisclosurecountdownclock.blogspot.com .

$5 donation

"Transmography" was performed in conjunction with the residency of visual artist Phillip Buntin. The piece was inspired by Phillip Buntin's work, the impossibility of true repetition and the change inherent in attempted repetition. The piece explores the patterns created through repetition of one movement phrase over time, across bodies, and through interaction and interruption.

Dancers: Jessica Gaines, Aasim Hudson, Chris McCord, Rachael Rinehart, Said Rios, and Lane Eldridge Salter.

Music: "eight zero one" by lacunae "Sacrificial" by Shigeto


FRIDAY FRIGHT NIGHTS! July 15, 22, 29; and August 5 at 8pm come and enjoy some heart-racing suspense on screen. Guaranteed to elicit nightmares. Popcorn. Beer. Wine. No charge (barely suggested donation of $2).

filmJuly 15 The Vanishing (1988) or “Spoorloos” in Dutch meaning “without a trace” is by director George Sluizer. A young woman, Saskia, disappears from a rest stop while on holiday in France. Her boyfriend, Rex, searches for her obsessively getting closer and closer to discovering what has happened to her. film

July 22 La Moustache (2005) by Emmanuel Carrere explores the marriage of Marc and Agnes posing questions about sanity, fidelity and treachery.

filmJuly 29 La Ceremonie (1995) by French director Claude Chabrol tells the story of a dyslexic housekeeper who, after befriending an unstable local woman, becomes increasingly contemptuous of her employers


August 5 The Seventh Continent (1989), Michael Haneke.
Haneke's first feature film portrays the true story of an Austrian family and their uneasiness with modern life. Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune, writes "The Seventh Continent is a calm chronical of hell...how commonplace people can erupt into despair and violence. Beautifully controlled, liberatingly intelligent... it establishes Haneke as one of the more remarkable young contempory filmmakers. The climatic half hour of this film ranks among the mosy truly terrifying in the modern cinema."

Sunday 7 August 6pm
DAVID FINKELSTEIN study group and potluck dinner
Harry Potter and the Lively Quantum: Georgia Tech Professor of Physics, David Fineklstein, will present thoughts on classical and quantum physics. Very Limited Space. Please email robin@poem88.net for more information.

Wednesday, August 10, 7 pm
CONVERSATION: Interpretation, Mindfulness and Creativity
Phillip Buntin, artist-in-residence,  Ass. Prof. from Kent State University in Ohio, will lead the discussion.

Other discussants:
Robert Cheatham of Public Domain
Jon Ciliberto, Buddhist Art News
Julia Kjelgaard, lecturer at Emory University, Visual Studies
Michael Elliston, Roshi,  Atlanta Soto Zen Center
The conversation, open to the public for participation, is on the intersection of these ideas. Free.

Buntin says about his work:
"In my current body of work, I have sought to create an uneasy equilibrium between fragments and their conjoining into elusive wholes. This is done to create a perceptual experience and language that metaphorically expresses our limitations and inclinations when approaching complex phenomena. The language of the work is diagrammatic and alludes to rationalistic approaches of
understanding. The sources for my figures/diagrams are borrowed, manipulated, inspired by diagrams from various scientific disciplines. When using them in the paintings, the diagrams are combined to augment, obfuscate, or contradict one another, yet still strive to hang together. This relationship between competing fragments and elusive wholes reveals as a metaphorical and perceptual analog the longing to make our partial understandings in life into systemic or narrative wholes. An important linchpin of the work is the inability to easily “close off the circle” or to see the fragments as a related whole. This aspect of the paintings allows us to directly understand in a visual experience that our interpretations and understandings of complex phenomena are illuminating yet incomplete, and as such, are always open to reevaluation."

Friday, August 12, 8 pm
Performance by Brooks Emanuel Dance Company (youtube link of performance)
“Transmography” is inspired by Phillip Buntin’s work and the idea of the impossibility of true repetition and the change inherent in attempted repetition. The piece explores the patterns created through repetition of one movement phrase over time, across bodies, and through interaction and interruption. Other dancers in the piece are Jessica Gaines,
Aasim Hudson, Chris McCord, Rachael Rinehart, Said Rios, and Lane Salter.

Performances at 8:00 and 9:00 pm. followed by a dj’d dance party!
suggested donation, $5



Saturday 13 August, 8pm
ZAC DENTON + 1: John Coltrane, Bill Evans and some original compositions by Zac...... jazz for keyboard and bass... suggested donation, $5.

Saturday, 16 July, 1 pm

Jon Ciliberto talks about drawing, with many anecdotes and absurd but true stories to illustrate the value of giving art away, the place of immediacy in art as a means of communication, how mania interacts with practice. Very likely free drawings and paintings will be made and given as gifts.

WORKS on PAPER: a stop-motion photo movie from the opening night of this exhibition.

2 July - 2 August 2011.

x (lattice), y (glyph), z (time): a performance and collaboration between David D’Agostino and the Atlanta Poets Group––
With Luke Leavitt, Dessislava Dimova, Andrew Axel, Jean Kern, Lazare Lazarov

May 17 to May 19 2011, 6pm to 9pm daily in Suite 111, White Provisions Building

David D'Agostino kidnapped the Atlanta Poets Group. They were taken to Bulgaria on a silver ship. Something returned. X (LATTICE), Y (GLYPH), Z (TIME) is an installation-performance resulting from the collaboration between visual artist David D’Agostino and the Atlanta Poets Group and including Bulgarian painter Rassim and other artists. This “in-between-exhibitions-exhibition”, sited for the Poem 88 gallery space, consists of various physical objects (paintings/poetry objects/photos/other), performances, music and sound phenomena. Words are connected to the grid. Life is line-drawn, turned as a table, and unearthed in a city too hussy to bait. The installation-performance will span three evenings, May 17, 18 and 19, from 6 to 9 PM each evening. You may come and go as you please. Sound is a photograph of language how a lattice breathes.

Rapidly made videos from the performance: first night, third night.

21 May for the opening of Marwencol: Photographs by Mark Hogancamp & David Naugle at 7 pm, and a special screening of the documentary film Marwencol (2010), directed by Jeff Malmberg, at 8 pm.

Stop motion video from our screening.

Sunday, 15 May 2011, 3 pm
Hallucination Duet in Performance

HARKEN,HARKEN!! Poem 88 announces a concert on May 15 at 3 PM by the famous Cullum-Robinson duo and their infamous HALLUCINATION SEXTET (two live and four virtual), a freely improvised, nonidiomatic, quadraphonic, quasichaotic performance jamboree...

Video sampling of the performance. And another movie, by Tom Ferguson.

Saturday 16 April 4pm
In collaboration with visual artist David D'Agostino, the Atlanta Poets Group
will give a language performance, drawing on both scripted scores and as-yet-unknown thoughts that may emerge during the performance.

D'agostino's "Whiteout" paintings series (part of the current Axis Mundi exhibit) will provide the spark; the APG will navigate the possibilities.

Saturday 19 March 3pm
Westside Arts District Third Saturday Art Walk:
Sharon Shapiro in conversation with art historian and critic, Dinah McClintock

Tuesday Film Series in March, in conjunction with Sharon Shapiro: California

Febrary 12
Valentine's Salon

Poetry by Robin Bernat, Jeff Dahlgren, Misty Harper, Jimmy Lo; Music by Jon Ciliberto, Zac Denton, Satchel Mallon. Watch some of it here.

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18 December 2010

Sarah Henson / False Dawn Echo

Sarah Henson: Sarah Henson first learned to play banjo and guitar while living in the North Carolina mountains. Fascination with rural American culture led to meticulous research into the diverse musical styles known collectively as "the blues" and "old-time." In part through her visual art practice, Sarah has also developed a strong background in experimental music and the work of composers such as Lubomyr Melnyck, Steve Reich, and Meredith Monk. From these varied influences, Sarah presents a clear, original voice in contemporary music.

False Dawn Echo: an Americana folk duo comprised of Zac Denton and David Elden. Formed in 2008 the group has written songs and melodies inspired by old time traditional music still heard all across Appalachia and throughout the Southeast. The musical arrangements present haunting and austere soundscapes as well as lively foot-stomping hootenanny tunes.

Friday, 3 December 2010

Carol Novack is the former recipient of a writer’s award from the Australian government, the author of a poetry chapbook, an erstwhile criminal defense and constitutional lawyer in NYC (newly transplanted on a mountain in Asheville), and the publisher of Mad Hatters’ Review. Her writings have been published in numerous journals and anthologies and translated in several languages. Ms. Novack will read from her illustrated collection of fictions, fusions, monologues and poems,Giraffes in Hiding: The Mythical Memoirs of Carol Novack (Spuyten Duyvil 2010).

Hugh Fox has called Giraffes: “THE most seductive, original, impacting work I have seen for years. A fascinating combination of Kerouacian street-talk plus a trip through the museum of Modern Art in Chicago, plus a nod-off to Kosty's furthest out experimentalism. Magnifique!" “She has the literary equivalent of perfect pitch, like those musicians who can specify the hertz of birds and burps. Uncanny tympani!" -- Tom Bradley.

18 pm, Wednesday, 1 December 2010

FORT!/da? : Moans from the Crypt --- Readings and Viewings from the Public Domain Archives, New and Old, with Diverse and Uncanny texts Sounds Images, A Show for Every One and No One

A Twenty Year fly-over with:

Multiple projections

Multiple Readers: Ed Hall, Terra McVoy, Robert Cheatham, Sean Beeching

Fort?/da! is the publishing arm of Public Domain, Inc., "a non-profit organization devoted to examining the nexus between art, theory, community, and technology."

Links: Fort?/da!
Robert Cheatham at pechakucha

Saturday, 30 October 2010, 7-9 pm


Magicicada live at Poem 88.


Magicicada creates microworlds, wonderful realms, with dark strata and thousands of creatures in conversation and activity. His performances are a treasure within Atlanta music. We are looking forward to his integration with the visual art of EK Huckaby and musical performance live in the Poem 88 space.


Saturday, 30 October 2010, 3-5 pm

Satchel performs for gallery visitors.


Satchel Mallon -- Solo guitar, experiments in the Iberian and Arabian peninsulas, stories from tropical topics and infracted interiority. Join us for live music by Satchel (preview), Readings by KT, and afternoon tea in the Poem 88 bookshop.


Thursday, 28 October 2010, 7-9 pm

Bruce Covey reading at Poem 88.

Author, lecturer in poetry at Emory University, and local literary champion Bruce Covey will read selections from his new release, Glass is Really a Liquid. Reading at 7:30 pm.

16 October 2010, 7-9 pm

Burning Artist performing at Poem 88.

Burning Artist(s) Sale -- Audio alchemy, transformations of the visual into the aural (and vice versa). Burning Artist created an audio substrate and atmosphere, above and below and filtering through permeably for the opening of our exhibition of EK Huckaby's Excursus. Have a listen here.




Audio from performances at Poem 88 space:

13 October 2010: Satchel Mallon: avant-garde guitar

16 August 2010: Burning Artist for EK Huckaby, Excursus. (Click for external link)


Poem 88 seeks artists for music and book events.

We wish, in the main, to program music within these genres: quiet noise, BGM, ambient, drone, deep dub, modern chamber music, and alt folk. However... our programming is only limited by the breadth of the artists we host.

If you are interested in performing at our space, contact jon (at) poem88.net.