To begin ...

As the twentieth century fades out
the nineteenth begins
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.

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