Further thoughts on the cultural labor of poetry and art. Not merely "is it good?," but "what has it accomplished?"...reviews of recent poetry collections; selected poems and art dealing with war/peace/social change; reviews of poetry readings; links to political commentary (particularly on conflicts in the Middle East); youtubed performances of music, demos, and other audio-video nuggets dealing with peaceful change, dissent and resistance.
Thursday, March 20, 2008
Four Poets at Visible Voice, March 19, 2008
Last night, despite yet another Cleveland snowstorm, four horsemen of the word apocalypse, Philip Metres, George Bilgere, Roger Craik, and Michael Dumanis read poems at Visible Voice Books in Tremont. Thanks to Virginia Konchan for organizing the event and Dave at Visible Voice for providing the intimate space. And for the crazy people who came out on such a hibernatory evening, to complete the circle of our words. On the way over, while listening to the Grifters and sliding through the abandoned snowy streets of midtown, a parody of Basho came to me:
Even in Cleveland
driving under another snowstorm
I long for Cleveland.
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Oh man, I'm sorry I missed this. Don't know if I told you, but I had the chance to see Dumanis read at AWP; he's good!
Also, thought you might find this editorial interesting...
Hey Chris, my spies had recorded your presence in the vicinity--somehow I didn't put two and two together...
I was only in town for Saturday and Sunday, so I don't think I could have made it anyway. Although had I known this event was happening I might have been able to append a couple days on the end. I'm in Indiana now for the craziness that is Spring Break '08.
No sweat, man, have a great break. Maybe we might see some actual spring?
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