Julie Patton

    Julie Patton went to the stage at the Bowery Poetry Club and sat down on the stairs in front of the stage. She held her microphone and notebook very casually. She started her set with a transcribed interview with her mother. The words sounded more like a conversation than a formal interview. The section was about colors. Patton’s mother, a painter, talks about painting characters and the colors under-toning them. This relied heavily on Pound's phanopoeia because it used so many solid images. She focused mainly on the color blue and its many meanings relating often to honesty and sadness. It was hard to believe that this conversation happened outside of a movie because it was extremely quick and witty. This disbelief in combination with Patton’s disarming and mellow manner turned this experience into a nearly surreal one.
   Patton’s second piece was from a Poem in which life was described as a garden. She used common and scientific names for common garden plants to create an exciting labyrinth of quasi-scientific text and beautiful poetic comparisons. The work was full of Latin and bits of French. Pound believed this was a way to bypass the limitations of a language's meaning and of the prejudices that belong to that language's people. At one point she exposed the naturalistic fallacy many poets and dreamers fall for with a line about the perversion of the garden “What do you expect from dirt?” Patton finished abruptly, but just as softly as she began.

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