Recorded at the home of Peter Reading in October, 2010.
Peter Reading is one of Britain’s most original and controversial poets: angry, uncompromising, gruesomely ironic, hilarious, and heartbreaking. In Spring 2001, the Lannan Foundation traveled to England and recorded Peter Reading reading his entire body of poetry to that time, i.e. through the collection Faunal. In 2010 the Lannan Foundation commissioned British videographer Pamela Robertson-Pearce to record Mr. Reading reading from his subsequent collections at his home in Ludlow, Shropshire, England. The Lannan Foundation is delighted to bring the voice and work of Peter Reading to a world-wide audience.
-273.15 [absolute zero] is a lament, a tirade, a disaster warning, and an anthropologist’s catalogue of our final expedition addressed to an earlier survivor of global catastrophe, Noah of the Flood.
“Despair, both environmental and political, is never absent; but this is an appreciative, defiantly humane volume.”
– Robert Potts, The Guardian
You may learn more about this event on the Lannan website.
Update: We previously had an incorrect video file and have replaced it with the correct version. We apologize for any confusion. 13 September 2011)