Serpentine Pavilion Friday 19 July 2024, 8pm Price: £10, £7 Conc. Donate today

On 19 July the Yinka Shonibare exhibition will be open 10am-8pm


For Park Nights 2024, Serpentine presents Temporal Magic, an evening of poetry that brings together the voices of distinct literary scholars, including Anne Boyer, Don Mee Choi and Denise Riley.

Anne Boyer is a critically acclaimed poet and essayist whose work explores embodiment, truth, beauty, ephemerality, and history. Her books include The Undying, Garments Against Women, and A Handbook of Disappointed Fate and have been translated into over a dozen languages. Her honours include a Pulitzer Prize, the Windham-Campbell prize in nonfiction, the inaugural Cy Twombly Award for Poetry from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, and a Whiting Award in both poetry and non-fiction. She lives in Edinburgh and teaches poetry and poetics at the University of St. Andrews.

Denise Riley is an author based in London. Her prose books are War in the Nursery: Theories of the Child and Mother (1983), ‘Am I That Name?’ Feminism and the Category of ‘Women’ in History (1988), The Words of Selves: Identification, Solidarity, Irony (2000), The Force of Language (with Jean-Jacques Lecercle; 2004), Impersonal Passion: Language as Affect (2005) and Time Lived, Without Its Flow (2012). Her poetry collections include Marxism for Infants (1977), Dry Air (1985), Mop Mop Georgette (1993), Penguin Modern Poets series 2, vol 10 (with Douglas Oliver and Iain Sinclair; 1996), Selected Poems (2000, 2019), Say Something Back (2016), Penguin Modern Poets series 3, vol 6 (with Maggie Nelson and Claudia Rankine; 2017) and Lurex (2022).

Don Mee Choi (b. in Seoul, South Korea, and currently based in Berlin) is the author of the KOR-US trilogy: Mirror Nation (Wave Books, 2024), the National Book Award winning collection DMZ Colony (Wave Books, 2020), and Hardly War (Wave Books, 2016). She has received fellowships from the MacArthur, Guggenheim, Lannan, and Whiting Foundations, as well as the DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Program. Her most recent translation of Kim Hyesoon’s poetry collection, Phantom Pain Wings (New Directions, 2023), received the 2023 National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry.

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