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Ugo Rondinone: I ♥ John Giorno is a sprawling, multipart exhibition that presents the extraordinary life and work of poet, artist, activist, and muse John Giorno. Encompassing nine nonprofit venues around Manhattan and a total of fifteen partnering institutions, the exhibition features paintings, films, sound installations, drawings, archival presentations, performances, and a video environment by both Giorno himself as well as by others whom he has inspired.
The editors would like to thank Ugo Rondinone, John Giorno, and Phong Bui for the invitation to edit a special issue of The Brooklyn Rail to be published in conjunction with the multi-part exhibition I ♥ John Giorno.
Im afraid flea markets are the same all over the world. Im afraid beaches are too. Im afraid nudist ones are no exception.
I. You thought this would be a dance lesson, things were easier then. No marimbas, no clarinets; only a longing for the fun to begin. Rain came down.
Monica de la Torre: When did you start publishing? Bob: In 1968 I sent in a clutch of poems to Rolling Stone. They published Grandmothers. My first book was published in well, here it is. Tear to Open, Power Mad Books, 1979.
Mónica de la Torre works with and between languages. Her latest book, The Happy End/All Welcome, was published by Ugly Duckling Presse, which also put out her translation of Defense of the Idol by Chilean modernist Omar Cáceres in 2018. Repetition Nineteen, her new book of poems, is forthcoming from Nightboat in 2020.