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Liszt Listening Lists
(a symphonic poem performance)
after peter allen performing franz liszt

Joe Blades

21 October 2011
5.5” (w) x 8.5” (h)
Colour LED-printed on cover stock throughout
12-pages self-cover, hand-bound by the author with raw linen thread
Signed and numbered limited edition of 50
ISBN 978-1-55391-110-4. $15 (no trade or jobber discounts)

2011 marks Hungarian pianist–composer Franz Liszt’s bicentenary. Among other things, he composed orchestral music he called “symphonic poems” that interpreted poems, paintings or other non-musical sources. “As a twist on this idea, the Charlotte Street Arts Centre will host visual artists and writers to interpret, during the concert, the musical works presented” (from the Program).

Joe Blades was one of three Fredericton artists invited to create during Peter Allen’s recital on 19 October 2011. Blades chose to mostly write poetry in response to the actions and environment felt in Liszt’s music in Peter Allen’s powerful performance. During “Sonata in B minor” Blades weaves the music-inpired poetry with images from his experiences in Central Europe and, especially, in Budapest, Hungary. During the next two days Blades produced a near-instant chapbook of his “symphonic poem”. The typeset poem overprinted on images of the poems original handwritten journal pages make for a visually rich presentation. See his web log post:

Joe Blades lives in Fredericton, NB where he is an artist, educator, and author with seven poetry books including River Suite (Insomniac Press), Casemate Poems (Collected) (Chaudiere Books) and Prison Songs and Storefront Poetry (Ekstasis Editions). Three books are translated into Serbian, and two translations into Spanish are in the works. A Past President of the League of Canadian Poets, he is also publisher of Broken Jaw Press, and producer–host of Ashes, Paper, & Beans: Fredericton’s Writing & Arts Show at CHSR 97.9 FM. His website is

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