Today is a resounding day for the United States of America as Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris are inaugurated into office. In celebration, CIRCA presents a virtual presentation by punk poet laureate, Patti Smith.
Featuring a specially recorded performance of ‘People Have The Power’ set against a montage of footage paying homage to people and organisations, past and present, who have used their voice to help create a better future: Shirley Chisholm; Kamala Harris; Greta Thunberg; Naomi Wadler; The Soup Kitchen, Holborn; The Emergency Designer Network, and many more.
This specially created 30-minute presentation features poetry, music, readings and an acoustic performance of ‘Because The Night’ by Thigh High (Tom Rasmussen and Hatty Carman) it is free to watch on the CIRCA YouTube channel at precisely 20:21GMT on the 20 January 2021.
“It’s a beautiful night, we have a new President and Vice President and our democracy seems to be quite intact and just wish everyone a better year. 2020 has been a Blakean year but I think the glad day is coming. This performance goes to everyone, it’s for everyone all over the world. Fred wrote it so that it might be embraced and it might inspire people globally, and it has. His wishes came true and may the wishes ring out in the New Year.”
Antonin Artaud, 1896 - 1948
One of Patti Smith most influential thinkers, Arthur Rimbaud was a French poet and adventurer who won renown in the Symbolist movement and markedly influenced modern poetry. His influence on the Surrealist movement has been widely acknowledged, and a host of poets, from André Breton to André Freynaud, have recognized their indebtedness to Rimbaud’s vision and technique. He was the enfant terrible of French poetry in the second half of the 19th century and a major figure in symbolism. His works continue to be widely read and translated into numerous languages. English language poets including Samuel Beckett and John Ashbery have translated and been influenced by Rimbaud’s works.
CLICK HERE to view and read MoMA's publication "Antonin Artaud: works on paper", Edited by Margit Rowell, 1996
Eternity It has been found again. What? – Eternity. It is the sea fled away With the sun. Sentinel soul, Let us whisper the confession Of the night full of nothingness And the day on fire. From humain approbation, From common urges You diverge here And fly off as you may. Since from you alone, Satiny embers, Duty breathes Without anyone saying: at last. Here is no hope, No orietur. Knowledge and fortitude, Torture is certain. It has been found again. What? – Eternity. It is the sea fled away With the sun. Arthur Rimbaud, May 1872