The third prong of the KinKonCambridge series is an archival exhibition which I have been lucky enough to curate at the Centre of Latin American Studies in the Alison Richard Building in Cambridge in close association with Professor Stephen Bann from whose collection of material relating to exchanges with Brazilian poets from the early 1960s to the 1970s this exhibition has been wholly sourced. The title of the exhibition is taken from a letter written by Pedro Xisto to Stephen which is on display on the second floor of the ARB. The show combines correspondence to Bann from Xisto and the de Campos Brothers as well as from Edgard Braga when he was sending poems to Bann and Edwin Morgan to be included in the Beloit Poetry Journal which Bann edited and Philip Steadman designed in 1967.
A collection of books, journals and poem mobiles as well as rare 3D poetic constructs developed by Julio Plaza and Augusto de Campos are available within the Centre of Latin American Studies until 1 March for public viewing.
Concrete poetry lovers are also invited to a day symposium, convened in collaboration with Kettle’s Yard, on 14 February with: Stephen Bann, Greg Thomas, Drew Milne, Eduardo Kac, Viviane C. d’Annunciacao and Vanessa Hassenschlaeger. The event: Concrete Poetry – International Exchanges will focus on poetic connections made between UK, Brazil and Europe in the 1950s and 1960s exploring the work of Ian Hamilton Finlay, Wlademir Dias-Pino, Ernst Jandl, Augusto and Haroldo de Campos, Bob Cobbing among others. The event will end with a reception and special tour of the Beauty and Revolution exhibition at Kettle’s Yard. Booking and other information here: