Adam Dickinson

(Canada, 1974)
 

Dickinson’s poetry reads like an exploration of the relationship between literature and science. This is not achieved by reporting such explorative exploits in the actual poems but rather by bringing together materials, trains of thought and methods of approach from the two disciplines so that new light can be thrown on the matter of how we view each other and the world, the kind of ethics we uphold and how knowledge works. In previous collections it was cartography and taxonomy that were central themes, disciplines that set out to define facets of the world in the knowledge that such approaches are not without their downsides. In his newest collection, The Polymers, Dickinson subjects our contemporary world and lifestyle to comparisons with the structure and ‘behaviour’ of polymers, large molecules made up of series of identical components, as in the case of most plastics, but also proteins, carbohydrates, wood and the external skeletons of insects. Plastics, carbohydrates and culture are more closely related to each other than one might expect, and in the poetry of Dickinson we can discover exactly why that is so.

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Tuesday 10 June 2014
  15:30 - 16:00  FLAG PARADE
Flag Parade : crossovers
Adam Dickinson, Alfred Schaffer, Ann Jäderlund, antoine de kom, Charl-Pierre Naudé, Daniel Falb, Habib Tengour, Hu Xudong, Jules Deelder, Julian Talamantez Brolaski, Martín Gambarotta, Micha Hamel, Mohamed Al-Harthy, Monica Aasprong, Norbert Hummelt, Paul Bogaert, Peter Gizzi, Roni Margulies, Véronique Pittolo
  20:00 - 22:00  OPENING NIGHT – ‘ALL THE LIGHT-HEARTED MAY…
Main Auditorium : special event  LIVE STREAM (event has taken place)
Adam Dickinson, Alfred Schaffer, Ann Jäderlund, antoine de kom, Charl-Pierre Naudé, Habib Tengour, Hu Xudong, Jules Deelder, Julian Talamantez Brolaski, Martín Gambarotta, Micha Hamel, Mohamed Al-Harthy, Monica Aasprong, Norbert Hummelt, Paul Bogaert, Peter Gizzi, Roni Margulies, Véronique Pittolo
Wednesday 11 June 2014
  18:30 - 19:30  SHORT POETRY READINGS
Small Auditorium : reading  LIVE STREAM (event has taken place)
Adam Dickinson, Alfred Schaffer, Charl-Pierre Naudé, Habib Tengour
Thursday 12 June 2014
  13:00 - 15:00  POETRY PICNIC IN TROMPENBURG GARDENS
Trompenburg Gardens & Arboretum : reading
Adam Dickinson, antoine de kom, Habib Tengour, Roni Margulies
  21:30 - 22:30  POETRY READING AND DISCUSSION
Main Auditorium : reading
Adam Dickinson, Hu Xudong
Friday 13 June 2014
  14:00 - 15:00  ‘IN OTHER WORDS’ WORKGROUPS
Foyer : translation
Adam Dickinson, Habib Tengour, Norbert Hummelt
  21:30 - 22:30  POETRY IN SCIENCE
Small Auditorium : special event
Adam Dickinson, Peter Gizzi, Véronique Pittolo
 

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