Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Four Way Authors: Upcoming Readings


Guild Hall Poetry Pairs:

Poetry Pairs features a nationally-acclaimed poet paired with a local poet of distinction, celebrating their latest books. Meet the authors, have your books signed, and enjoy refreshments in the Boots Lamb Education Center or garden! Fran Castan, producer of Poetry Pairs, will introduce the poets.

3 p.m. at Guild Hall, 158 Main Street, East Hampton
(631) 324-0806; guildhall.org.


June 28, 7:00PM
Word for Word Presents Poetry
Bryant Park Reading Room
w/ Francisco Aragon & Tom Healy
Bryant Park @ 42nd St. & 6th Ave.
New York, NY

Audio Recording of Kevin Prufer

Poets Darin Ciccotelli and Kevin Prufer, who are both affiliated with the University of Houston’s Creative Writing Program, share some of their poetry, previewing their joint appearance on the Poison Pen Reading Series at the Poison Girl Bar.

Listen to the audio recoding here:

Friday, May 27, 2011

Poetry Flash Reading with Joni Wallace

THURSDAY, JUNE 2, 2011, 7:30
Poetry Flash at Moe’s Books

MOE’S BOOKS, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, (510) 849-2087, moesbooks.com.
Parking at the Durant/Channing Garage, close to Telegraph. Channing is one block north. Nearest BART is the downtown Berkeley station. Poetry Flash: (510) 525-5476.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Upcoming Readings: Sydney Lea

June 15, 2011 at 7:30pm
St. Johnsbury Athenaeum
St. Johnsbury, Vermont

September 20, 2011
Arkadelphia, Arkansas

September 22, 2011
Lubbock, Texas

September 23, 2011
Dallas, Texas

November 17, 2011 at 7:30pm
The Muskie Archives on Campus Avenue
Lewiston, Maine

More details to come!

Thursday, May 12, 2011

An Interview with Sydney Lea

Interview with author of poetry and prose Sydney Lea. Hosted by Shelagh C. Shapiro, Write The Book airs on WOMM-LP 105.9 FM “The Radiator,” in Burlington, Vermont, every Saturday morning at 9:00 a.m.

Listen to the interview here.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Debra Allbery Reading at All Souls

Thursday, May 12th, 7:30 PM
Cathedral of All Souls
9 Swan Street
Asheville, NC 28803-2674

Poet DEBRA ALLBERY will read from her work, at the Cathedral of All Souls in Biltmore Village in Asheville, Thursday, May 12th, 7:30 PM. Free and open to the public, Allbery's is the first in a new series of annual poetry readings named in honor of beloved Asheville resident -- and lifelong reader -- Rebecca Stallings. A reception and book signing will follow the reading. Allbery's first book, Walking Distance, won the Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize, and her second book, Fimbul-Winter, won the Grub Street National Book Prize in Poetry. For more information, please contact Emilie White at etwhite8@charter.net.

C. Dale Young Reads at Open Books

Reading at Open Books in Seattle, WA

with Luke Johnson and C.Dale Young
Thurs May 12 at 7:30 pm.

Price: Free

After the Ark is local poet Johnson's first collection. Young is from San Francisco. Torn is his newest collection.

Poem-a-Day Features C. Dale Young

Read more about C. Dale and view the Poem Flow at The Academy of American Poets.

by C. Dale Young

Someone has already pulled a knife
across my chest, and the rope has already
gripped our wrists drawing blood.

I am naked, and I cannot be sure
if you are as well. In the room, the men
come and go, yelling blood bath, half-blood,

blood-bitch. We never hear the word trueblood.
In my dreams I am dying all the time.
We are bound and gagged, blindfolded,

but still I know you must be the one
lying there, the cool anodized steel table
beneath us, the two of us side by side.

Lying there, my shoulder blades ache,
and there is blood collecting in
the corners of my mouth. But then it happens,

just as it always happens: your fingers
suddenly twist into tiny shoots, your arms
break free as you accept the shape

of a tree, the leaves sprouting, the delicate
bark rising up from your skin's surface.
Try as I might, I never seem able.

On the telephone this morning, I again
keep the dream to myself. Half-blood
becomes half-breed. Blood-bitch

becomes blood-sister. But blood never lies,
does it? Blood carries so many secrets
one can only hear its murmurs in our arteries,

its incessant monologue, in the quiet
night's bed just before sleep. Blood says
You are more and, sometimes, You are less.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Jennifer Denrow Reads in San Francisco

Poets Jennifer Denrow, Richard Froude and Jesse Morse

Monday, May 23 7:00p
at Bird & Beckett Books and Records
San Francisco, CA

FROUDE was born in London, grew up in Bristol, and currently lives in Denver. His is the author of THE HISTORY OF ZERO, THE MARGARET THATCHER TRILOGY, and FABRIC.

JENNIFER DENROW lives in Colorado, too, where she is editor for Horse Less Press and is pursuing a Ph.D. at the University of Denver. She is the author of A KNEE FOR A LIFE, FROM CALIFORNIA ON, and CALIFORNIA.

JESSE MORSE lives and writes in Portland, OR, where he curates the Smorg Reading Series.

Debra Allbery Featured in Wooster Alumni Magazine


Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Farrah Field Readings in Brooklyn This Month

May 6, 2011, 8 pm
with Will Edmiston, Allison Power, and Ben Kopel
at Outpost, 1014 Fulton (between Grand and Classon), Brooklyn

May 13, 2011, 7 pm
featuring many great women poets
at Goodbye Blue Monday, 1087 Broadway, Bushwick, Brooklyn

Monday, May 2, 2011

Four Way Books on the Poetry Best Sellers List

Sydney Lea's Young of the Year debuted on the on the Poetry Foundation's Contemporary Best Sellers List for the week of April 17th, alongside Ignatz by Monica Youn, celebrating its second week on the list.

Depressing & Gorgeous: Joe Sullivan on Daniel Tobin’s Belated Heavens

Daniel Tobin’s Belated Heavens is a visceral, masculine work of poetry rooted in the elements of the earth, depressing and gorgeous. It is heavy metal, not inert gas. Though the language may invoke visions, these are visions of earthbound horrors in many cases. There’s little ethereal joy here. There’s mainly consternation and questioning. Statements of the nature of nature. But the work eventually evolves into an acceptance of earthly bonds and a hope of transcending them, even if modestly.

The collection begins with the quote from Christian theologian Jacob Boehme: “We see the external world of stars and four elements, in which human beings and all creatures live. This neither is nor is called God. God certainly dwells in it, but the external world does not grasp Him. We also see how light shines in darkness and darkness does not grasp light, yet dwells in the other. We also have an example of this in the four elements, which in their origin are only one element that is neither hot nor cold, dry nor wet, and yet, by its movement, it divides itself into four characteristics, into fire, air, water and earth.”

This sets the tone: Tobin will be examining and attempting to translate into emotion the elemental of the earth. And like the four elements of ancient times, his book is divided into four sections: In the Neighborhood’s Throat, Fine Dust Sifting, Falling Upward and Bound Raiment. From these, it’s plain that he’ll begin at the very bottom, in a subterranean way, and work his way up, until ascension—though he actually stops just short of it. He knows only death with certainty and has questions about what comes after, whether it may be truly blissful or simply a continuation.

What’s most striking in this work is the way Tobin deals with everyday occurrences. He goes between these and more extreme moments of humanity with equal importance. . .