Jimmie Durham, Particle/Word Theory

Jimmie Durham, Particle/Word Theory

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Jimmie Durham
Particle/Word Theory
published by Wiens Verlag
with texts by Jimmie Durham

104 pages, English
21,5 x 14 x 1 cm


Particle/Word Theory is Jimmie Durham’s third poetry book after Columbus Day (Albuquerque 1983) and Poems That Do Not Go Together (Berlin, London 2012). The new book contains thirty-eight poems, written between 2014 and 2019 and twelve drawings. Durham’s sculptures as well as his texts are made out of fragments, they are a lifelong statement against monumentality. Durham observes nature, thinks about the try to categorize and name nature and he reflects about unspectacular, daily behaviour of animals and humans - himself included. In his new poems he cites also scientific studies, articles about brain and pain research - all this stands next to his own pain experience. It underlines a provocative sentence he wrote in 1998: „Art and science are the same thing “.

Jimmie Durham was born in the U.S. in 1940.
He is a poet and visual artist, living in Naples and Berlin.