To begin ...

As the twentieth century fades out
the nineteenth begins
.......................................again
it is as if nothing happened
though those who lived it thought
that everything was happening
enough to name a world for & a time
to hold it in your hand
unlimited.......the last delusion
like the perfect mask of death

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Readings & Launches: Poems for the Millennium and Poetics & Polemics

In line with publication of Poems for the Millennium, volume 3, The University of California Book of Romantic & Postromantic Poetry, and the new book of essays, Poetics & Polemics (University of Alabama Press Modern and Contemporary Poetics series), I’ll be engaged in the following east coast launches & readings:

March 29, 8:00 p.m. at the Bowery Poetry Club, 308 Bowery (Between Houston and Bleecker), New York, a launch & reading with Jeffrey Robinson, Charles Bernstein, Bob Holman, Pierre Joris, Cecilia Vicuña, & Anne Waldman.

March 30, 7:00 p.m., a reading & discussion at Harvard University, Barker Center, Thompson Room, with Jeffrey Robinson, William Corbett, Gerrit Lansing, & Keith Waldrop, & a panel discussion with scholars Virginia Jackson & Sonia Hofkosh (Tufts University) joining the readers.

April 2, 7:30 p.m., a launch & reading at St Mark’s Bookshop, New York, with Jeffrey Robinson, Bruce Andrews, Lee Ann Brown, Bob Perelman, & Mark Weiss. The reading itself will be at the Solas Bar, right around the corner from St Mark’s Bookshop, at 232 9th Street, between 3rd & 2nd avenues.

April 3, 2:00 p.m., a reading & panel discussion at CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue, between 34th and 35th Streets, Room 9207, with Jeffrey Robinson, Mary Ann Caws, Maureen McLane, & Richard Sieburth.

I’ll also be reading new poems & translations at the Zinc Bar, 82 West 3rd Street, New York, on Sunday, April 5, at 6:30 p.m., with poet & anthropologist Renato Rosaldo.

A Final Note. For those of you for whom this is of interest, there remains a real need for reviews of both of these books, particularly for a discussion of the premeditated contemporaneity of Poems for the Millennium, volume 3, something too often missed if the book isn’t actually seen or read. I am also open to readings like those listed above & the previous ones on the west coast: San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego.