16. March 2010 · Comments Off on Visionary Scrawl · Categories: Society News

6.30pm 8 June 2010
The City of Westminster Archives Centre
10 St. Ann’s Street, London SW1P 2DE – just off Parliament Square

Richard Tayson
Visionary Scrawl

From her acclaimed first album, Horses (1975), to her new memoir, Just Kids (2010), Patti Smith demonstrates a passion for William Blake.

But what, exactly, does Smith inherit from her primary chosen ancestor?  From the fusion of the sacred and the profane, to the desire to awaken the polis via visionary prophecy, this talk will focus on the specific ways that Blake has been received by this New York artist.

Richard Tayson is himself a New York poet whose work has appeared in over fifty publications in five countries. His latest collection The World Underneath was published in 2008. His non-fiction has appeared on bestseller lists in Germany and has been included in Reader’s Digest’s Today’s Best Nonfiction in the USA and in Australia. Tayson has taught literature and writing at Rutgers University and is currently a Chancellor’s Fellow at City University, New York.

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