Busy week. It's only Tuesday? I went to the KGB last night and very much enjoyed Kevin Young's reading. He predominantly read from his new book, Dear Darkness:
I think my review of the reading will be posted on the Best American website soon. It's funny to review reading events instead of books. Anyways, Young began with an elegy/anti-elegy for Reginald Shepherd and David Foster Wallace who both passed away last week. He read "Wait" by Galway Kinnell:
Wait, for now.
Distrust everything, if you have to.
But trust the hours. Haven't they
carried you everywhere, up to now?
Personal events will become interesting again.
Hair will become interesting.
Pain will become interesting.
Buds that open out of season will become lovely again.
Second-hand gloves will become lovely again,
their memories are what give them
the need for other hands. And the desolation
of lovers is the same: that enormous emptiness
carved out of such tiny beings as we are
asks to be filled; the need
for the new love is faithfulness to the old.
Don't go too early.
You're tired. But everyone's tired.
But no one is tired enough.
Only wait a while and listen.
Music of hair,
Music of pain,
music of looms weaving all our loves again.
Be there to hear it, it will be the only time,
most of all to hear,
the flute of your whole existence,
rehearsed by the sorrows, play itself into total exhaustion.
I love, "You're tired. But everyone's tired. / But no one is tired enough."
I have a reading this Sunday. But first, you should come to this, as Ken Rumble knows how to party. And by "party" I mean "read his poetry in an eloquent fashion":
THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 18, 6:00 P.M.
529 W.20th St., 5th Flr.
Event will be hosted by
Elise Ficarra and Kathryn Pringle, eds.
featuring readings from:
There will be wine, cheese, and crackers, too.
Directions: C/E to 23rd St., 1/9 to 18th St.
Venue is bet. 10th and 11th avenues
Then you can rest up and come to my reading on Sunday. And yes, I am reading dead first, so get there on time. I don't think anyone will be awake by 1pm so maybe I shouldn't be nervous.
I'm trying to finish a poem so I have something new to read. Now wouldn't that be a gas.
SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 21, 1:00 P.M.
456 Bergen St.
1:00 p.m.-Julia Cohen
1:15 p.m.-Tisa Bryant
1:30 p.m.-Ana Božičević
1:45 p.m.-Yoko Kikuchi (music)
2:05 p.m.-Corrine Fitzpatrick
2:20 p.m.-Nick Piombino
2:35 p.m.-Stacy Szymaszek
3:00 p.m.- Race and Poetry: Integrating the Experimental
Amy King (curator and moderator)
4:40 p.m.-Yoko Kikuchi (music)
5:00 p.m.-Lee Ann Brown
5:15 p.m.-John Coletti
5:30 p.m.-Rachel Levitsky
5:45 p.m.-Eileen Myles
6:00 p.m.-Yoko Kikuchi (music)
6:20 p.m.-Edward Foster
in conversation with Simon Pettet
6:50 p.m.-Simon Pettet
7:10 p.m.-Edward Foster
Directions: 2, 3 to Bergen St.; 2, 3, 4, 5, M, N, Q, W, R, B, D to Atlantic Ave./Pacific St.; C to Lafayette Ave.
Venue is bet. 5th/Flatbush aves.
An interesting article by Elaine Scarry on the current state of American politics in The Boston Review. Go read it here. Also, a poem by Matvei Yankelevich. Also, Brian Henry.