Poet Kimberly Lyons initiated this idea—and the whole is now a project of Kim’s small press, Lunar Chandelier. Here’s the official announcement:
Lunar Chandelier Press is proud to present Basil’s Arc on September 22, 2012, in New York City – A consideration of the paintings and poetics of the painter/poet Basil King, now in his 77th year.
The event will include the premiere of a film by Nicole Peyrafitte and Miles Joris-Peyrafitte, “Basil King: MIRAGE,” commissioned by The Friends of Basil King, performances of music inspired by King’s visual art, and discussions and presentations on the sources and implications of his aesthetics.
[To see the trailer of the film –and to give a donation (any amount will help)– please scroll to the earlier blog entry on “Basil King: MIRAGE.” ]
Before I was approached, Kim had invited Vincent Katz and Mitch Highfill. I suggested adding Burt Kimmelman. And I joined in as a highly interested member.Vincent urged us not to create a huge committee because it would soon become way too hard to get anything decided. So we stopped here.
But we wanted to have input from the poetry community – and the following poets accepted invitations to be advisors. They are:
Lee Ann Brown
Jeffrey C. Wright