Jack Skelley, David Trinidad & Tosh Berman in conversation
Jun 29, 2021
A reunion of figures from the Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center’s haunted hallways of the 1980s and 90s. Poets Jack Skelley and David Trinidad gather to chit-chat about chapbooks, popular culture and its iconographies, self-publishing, Stone Aged-ideas, and, to lend from Skelley's own tongue, poetry’s “archetypal symbologies.”
This program is part of a series, Beyond Baroque and Beyond, in which Tosh Berman, writer, poet, Los Angeles publisher of the postwar French literati, and beloved host of the 1980s cable talk show Tea With Tosh, returns to the screen to confabulate with figures from the Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center’s haunted hallways. Summoned to Berman’s virtual sofa are a host of poetic voices, each of whom have been central to the center’s programs at a point between 1980 and 1996. Not merely interviews, Beyond Baroque and Beyond is equal parts séance, chat show, reunion, literary production, past life regression, tea time. No nostalgia.
In conjunction with the exhibition Made in L.A. 2020: a version.