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Julie Patton: I'm Not Black, I'm Blue



Julie Ezelle Patton is a permaculturist, poet, performer, artist, and sculptor. Her poetics take the form of scrolls, extended texts, limited edition work, performances, and site-specific installations. In this program, Patton talks with Charles Bernstein about growing up in an art-rich home and community in Cleveland, the influence of her artist-mother, and the Cleveland art, performance, and poetry scenes on her early development as a poet/artist/performer; her move to New York and travel in Europe, her approach to writing as physical and acoustic media, her developing style of improvised performance, and her visual art. She talks about her poem Using Blue to Get Black, discussing the politics of the form. As Patton puts it, I'm not black, I'm blue. Patton’s 2007 book Notes for Some (Nominally). Patton is a self-proclaimed "phonemenologist" who has toured and recorded with Ravi Coltrane, Uri Caine, Paul van Curen, and others. Her book length serial poem B (Tender Buttons Press) and Writing with Crooked Ink (Belladonna) are forthcoming. Listen to more work by Patton on her PennSound page. Close Listening is produced and recorded by Charles Bernstein for Clocktower Radio in collaboration with PennSound. You can listen to the full set of programs at clocktower.org where the Julie Patton segments are the 139th and 140th in the series (the first show in the series was in 2003.)
 

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