Monday, February 15, 2010

Prefab Press

Does anyone know a good Nocturne poem that I could teach 4th and 5th graders (no overt rhyming)? Please send suggestions! I'm floundering.

If you're in NY, you should go to this reading tonight!:

Monday February 15, 7 PM

Gerald Stern
Anne Marie Macari
Jericho Brown

11th Street Bar (510 E. 11th Street, between Avenues A & B)

Closest subway: L to 1st Avenue.
Also walkable: F/V at 2nd Ave, L at 3rd Ave or 14th Street / Union Square 4/5/6/N/Q/R/W/L.

Admission is FREE.

For poems & more about our readers, please visit our website:

Readers bio:

Gerald Stern is author of sixteen books of poetry include: Save the Last Dance: Poems (W. W. Norton, 2008); Everything Is Burning (2005); This Time: New and Selected Poems (1998), which won the National Book Award; Odd Mercy (1995); and Bread Without Sugar (1992), winner of the Paterson Poetry Prize, and Lucky Life, the 1977 Lamont Poetry Selection of The Academy of American Poets, which was nominated for National Book Critics Circle Award. His numerous awards include Wallace Stevens Award from Academy of American Poets, Ruth Lilly Prize from the Poetry Foundation, National Jewish Book Award, four National Endowment for the Arts grants, Guggenheim Fellwoship, and Pennsylvania Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts. The expanded edition of his book of essays, What I can't Bear Losing, came out in September 2009 from Trinity University Press.

Anne Marie Macari is author of third book of poems, She Heads Into The Wilderness (Autumn House Press, 2008), Gloryland, and Ivory Cradle, which won the APR/Honickman first book prize in 2000. She has also won the James Dickey Prize from Five Points magazine. Macari directs and teaches in the Drew Low-Residency MFA Program in Poetry.

Jericho Brown is the recipient of the Whiting Writers Award, the Bunting Fellowship from the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard University, and two travel fellowships to the Krakow Poetry Seminar in Poland. His poems have appeared in The Iowa Review, jubilat, New England Review, Oxford American, and several other journals and anthologies. His first book, PLEASE (New Issues), won the 2009 American Book Award. Brown teaches creative writing as an Assistant Professor of English at the University of San Diego.


If you're not in NY, maybe you should stay home, write about Benjamin's "The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction," and eat tacos. Or is that just me?


Some good quotes from Cortazar's Blow-Up and Other Stories:

“Always tell it, always get rid of the tickle in the stomach that bothers you (116).”

“…one is not going to explain to people at large that from time to time one vomits up a small rabbit. Always I have managed to be alone when it happens, guarding the fact much as we guard so many of our privy acts, evidences of our physical selves which happen to us in total privacy (41).”

“Habits, Andrea, are concrete forms of rhythm, are that portion of the rhythm which helps to keep us alive. Vomiting bunnies wasn’t so terrible once one had gotten into the unvarying cycle, into the method (42).”

No transition and no surprise, I saw my face against the glass, I saw it on the outside of the tank…(8).”


elisabeth said...

i would love to hang out and eat tacos while discussing benjamin.

Julia Cohen said...

ok, bike over here!