Time Lived Without Its Flow: Denise Riley, Max Porter, Emily Berry
London Review Bookshop Podcast
Denise Riley’s devastating long poem ‘A Part Song’, written in response to the death of her son, was first published in the LRB in 2012 and later became the kernel of her acclaimed collection Say Something Back (Picador). The poem’s prose counterpart Time Lived, Without Its Flow was initially published in a small edition by Capsule Press but has now been made more readily available in a new edition, also from Picador. Riley was in conversation about her essay with the writer Max Porter, author of Grief is the Thing with Feathers and Lanny and with the poet Emily Berry, author of Dear Boy and Stranger, Baby. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
In a brilliant, wide-ranging discussion with Emily Berry, Editor of The Poetry Review, the celebrated poet Denise Riley talks about the art of composition – of indifferent mechanicals and of jigsaws pieced into sense from the edge pieces, confessional literature, lyric shame and strategies for repair. She also reads two poems just published in The Poetry Review: ‘How does anyone get over these things’ and ‘Another Agony in the Garden’.
Denise Riley is the author of the poetry collections 'Marxism for Infants', the volume 'No Fee' with Wendy Mulford, 'Dry Air', ' Stair Spirit', 'Mop Georgette', 'Selected Poems' and most recently 'Say Something Back', which was nominated for a Forward Prize for Best Poetry Collection. Her chapbook, 'Time Lived, Without Its Flow' is a meditation on time after the sudden death of a child. A sequence of 20 short poems from the chapbook, titled 'A Part Song', was published in the London Review of Books and won a Forward Poetry Prize for Best Single Poem.
Denise Riley and Don Mee Choi read at the launch of MPT The Blue Vein
Modern Poetry in Translation
In this podcast:00:00 - Introduction to Denise Riley02:50 - Denise Riley reading begins33.05 - Sasha Dugdale introduces Don Mee Choi42.12 - Don Mee Choi reads translations of Kim Hyesoon54:00 - Don Mee Choi reads translations of Kim Yideum 1:05:48 - Don Mee Choi reads from her book ‘The Morning News is Exciting’This podcast features Denise Riley and Don Mee Choi. It was recorded at The Print Room, London, for the launch of Modern Poetry in Translation's winter issue 'The Blue Vein', which features Korean poetry including work by Kim Hyesoon, Kim Yidium, Han Kang and more. See the full contents on www.mptmagazine.comAbout Don Mee Choi:Don Mee Choi was born in Korea, but settled in the USA. She is a poet, critic and essayist and in experimental and important work she challenges notions of history and identity. She is one of Korean poetry’s foremost translators and her translations of Kim Hyesoon are published by Bloodaxe. Her last collection of poetry, Hardly War was published to acclaim in 2016. The New York Times said of Hardly War:‘Deliberately and excitingly difficult in both its style and its subject matter, Don Mee Choi’s second collection, Hardly War, sees its author operating as an archaeologist as much as a poet. Choi’s use of hybrid forms — poetry, memoir, opera libretto, images and artifacts from her father’s career as a photojournalist in the Korean and Vietnam Wars — lets her explore themes of injustice and empire, history and identity, sifting through the detritus of family, translation, propaganda and dislocation.’http://www.donmeechoi.comAbout Denise Riley:Denise Riley is a critically acclaimed writer of both philosophy and poetry. Her books include War in the Nursery ; ‘Am I that Name?’ ; The Words of Selves ; Denise Riley: Selected Poems ; The Force of Language, with Jean-Jacques Lecercle ; Impersonal Passion , Time Lived, Without Its Flow  and Say Something Back . She is currently Professor of the History of Ideas and and of Poetry at the University of East Anglia, and has taught and researched widely at many institutions in Europe and America.. Her visiting positions have included A.D. White Professor at Cornell University in the US, Writer in Residence at the Tate Gallery in London, and Visiting Fellow at Birkbeck College in the University of London. She has taught philosophy, art history, poetics, and creative writing. Denise Riley lives in London.