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Ragged Claws at HKU Museum and Galleries


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Prufrock the Destroyer, an Anthropocene Mutant arisen from the floors of silent seas…. From the HKUMAG site (with thanks going out to the excellent James Shea, Collier Nogues, and Chris Mattison):

About his talk, David says, “I’ve lived in Shanghai for over a decade now, and I’m fascinated not only by its storied past as a cosmopolitan entrepôt (not to mention its myth-in-the-making present) but also as a key site in the networked production of intensifying crisis – economic, geopolitical, environmental, global. My recent book of poems, Expat Taxes, emerges from this fascination with Shanghai at the (likely) dawn of the Anthropocene, as does my current project to explore and write about neighborhoods surrounding many of Shanghai’s 364 Metro stations as directed by pseudorandom processes that include a set of necessarily mistranslated English texts.”

David Perry has lived in Shanghai for over a decade. He is the author of Expat Taxes (Seaweed Salad/French [Concession] Press), Range Finder (Adventures in Poetry), Knowledge Follows (Insurance Editions) and New Years (Braincase Books). He teaches in the Writing Program at NYU Shanghai and holds an MFA in Literary Translation from the University of Iowa.

Ragged Claws stages monthly discussions in Hong Kong about an element of poetic craft or practice. Ragged Claws is always an open event, and everyone is welcome. The name is taken from T.S. Eliot’s poem “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock.”