“It doesn’t get better”… than John Giorno
John Giorno, an American poet with a penchant for the offbeat will be gracing the National Arts Centre’s (NAC) Fourth Stage next month as part of the A B Series. The U.S. Embassy, Ottawa awarded a grant to the A B Series to support the visit to Ottawa of John Giorno. The U.S. Embassy grants partnership program supports the promotion of American culture in Canada.
Giorno, a long-time poet, has worked tirelessly to broaden the reach of his craft since the late 1960s when he set up “dial-a-poem” recordings of various poets reading their works. He did this using an existing communications system, back before there were instances of “dial-a-anything” available. Giorno wrote in an introduction to the collection of recorded poetry, now available online, “We established a new poet-audience relationship.”
Since that time, Giorno has expanded his poetry to include representations on canvas, such as those on display at the Almine Rech Gallery in Paris, France. He also does live performances of many of his poems, including “THANKS FOR NOTHING”, “Just say NO to family values”, and “It doesn’t get better.”
This will be the internationally-renowned poet’s first performance in Ottawa.
Tickets for the November 7th, 7:30 p.m. performance can be purchased in person at the NAC Box Office or online at http://www.ticketmaster.ca/venue/131211?brand=nac&lang=en-ca.