The wicked winds of March have blown away crusted mounds of snow here in New York, and yet more snow is predicted. In this annogram, we’ll focus on the bounty of poetry that’s happening next month with spring’s arrival. If you’re new to annogram, welcome and feel free to contact me if you would like me to consider your poetry or arts announcement.
My translation of “The Ditch,” Chapter 11 from Le Héros (Flammarion, 2008) by Hélène Sanguinetti, appears in issue 16 of eleven eleven. A biannual journal published through the California College of the Arts MFA Writing Program in San Francisco, eleven eleven is “a forum for risk and experimentation.” Previous issues have featured work by Alain de Botton, Vanessa Place, Cole Swenson, and others whose work in issue six was selected for Best of the Web 2010.
Saint Peter’s B-List
Saint Peter’s B-List, an anthology featuring poets such as Martin Espada, Mary Karr, Franz Wright and yours truly, debuts next week. Neither devotional nor pious, it captures unexpected ways the saints illumine daily life for us saints-in-the-making. Readings will take place at Cornelia Street Café, April 1, at 6 pm, or Fordham University’s Manhattan Campus Atrium (corner of 60th Street and Columbus Avenue), April 24, from 6 – 8 pm. Visit GoodReads through April 10 and you may win a free copy! Congratulations to Editor Mary Ann B. Miller on this charming and soon-to-be cherished volume.
This amazing anthology has gotten rave reviews in The Boston Globe. Introduced by Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, this poetry / essay collection makes a thoughtful gift to recently bereaved and a rewarding read for the rest of us. I am honored that it contains my poems, “Irradiation” and “What Yields to Winter.” Local readings will take place at the Columbia University Bookstore on April 11, 6 to 8:45 pm and Poets House on Saturday, April 19, 2-4 pm. Check the TWH website for other nation-wide readings.
The Gondola Maker
Congratulations to Laura Morelli on her book, The Gondola Maker. Publishers Weekly raves, “Sixteenth-century Venice is the star of [this] well-crafted historical novel,” and Frances Mayes, author of Under the Tuscan Sun, calls it “an especially compelling story.” Kirkus Reviews selected this “fascinating glimpse into Renaissance Venice” as its Indie Book of the Month. Morelli, an art historian and author who lived in Italy for years, is the only person who could have written this book. Order it here and enjoy!
You love Lovrien – Part 4
My grandmother, artist Lovrien Price Gregory (1888-1972) and her husband Julius bought a cottage in Greensboro, Vermont near Caspian Lake. This home inspired Lovrien to create a series of landscapes, delicate watercolors and oils, as varied as the location itself. Driving up Route 5 was an all-day trip from Manhattan back then but a perfect gathering place for their adult children, Alfred and Jules, and their new respective brides. They sold the Greensboro house before Julius passed away in 1955.
|Drawing by Lovrien Gregory|
|Abstract oil by Lovrien Gregory|
She replaced her earlier portrait business with a new devotion to Christian Science and spent her last years in an eldercare community in Navesink, New Jersey. Despite having dementia, she filled a sketchbook with impeccable pencil landscapes, nurse portraits, and one memorable if wistful sketch of a dog leaning on its paw. I can see, flipping through the pages, how her art sustained her when her sense of location and/or memory may have failed her. She died at 84 and is buried with husband Julius at an old family cemetery in south Jersey. Look for a post-script in the next annogram.
Christian Wiman, former editor of Poetry Magazine, will read at the Katonah Village Library (Garden Room) on March 16 at 4 pm—admission $10. The Katonah Poetry Series (KPS) will also host a fundraising event, Billy Collins at the Walker Arts Center located at the Harvey School, April 27 at 3:30 pm, $40 per adult, $20 per KPS member and $15 per student. Order the Collins tickets here.
|L. Lamar Wilson|
Pedestal Magazine will host Salon Sundays in April, 2-4 PM at CAST Theater, 2424 North Davidson Street, Charlotte, NC. April 6: Joseph Bathani, Tanja Bechtler, Bluz, M. Scott Douglass, Diana Pinckney; April 13: Anthony S. Abbott, Otis Hughes, Sarah Lindsay, Ed Mabrey, Jonathan K. Rice; April 20: Beth Brown, Dorianne Laux, Joseph Millar, L. Lamar Wilson; April 27: Tanja Bechtler, Jaki Shelton Green, Morri Creech, George Wallace. Tickets, $15 adults, $12 seniors (60+), $10 students, can be purchased here.
CUNY poetry events
Marjorie Perloff on Paul Celan’s Love Poetry, March 19 at 6:30 pm, in the Martin E. Segal Theatre; Claudia Moreno Parson on Amiri Baraka and Edward Dorn, Skylight Room (9100); Sixth Annual NYC/CUNY Chapfest, 365 Fifth Avenue; Lost and Found Series IV Launch, April 3 at 4 pm in C198; and William S. Burroughs Centennial Conference, April 25 in Room 9206-9207. All events take place at CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue between 34th and 35th Streets.
See the following poets at Zinc Bar, 82 West 3rd Street in New York, Saturdays 4:30-6:30 pm for a $5 donation: March 22: Rob Halpern, Ann Lauterbach; March 29: Amy De’Ath, Kevin Davies; April 5: Feliz Lucia Molina, Danny Snelson; April 12: Chris Sylvester, The Waitress; April 19: Cassandra Gillig, Alice Notley; and April 26: Andrew Durbin, Rod Smith.
Other Worlds: An Afternoon of Poetry and Song
|Carole Glasser Languille|
Scarborough Fair Express
My favorite scone and muffin baker, John Byrne, recently opened SF Express in Bronxville. Oh! To taste the cherry and chocolate scone once again with its buttery layers! Marcel Proust, I will remember this scone forever. To celebrate the reappearance of Scarborough Fair Catering, I am sharing this recipe from Candice Kumai’s Pretty Delicious (Rodale Books, 2011):
3 cups all-purpose flour plus extra for shaping
1/2 cup sugar
zest and juice of 1 lemon
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
3/4 cup low-fat buttermilk
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 cup dried cranberries
1 cup confectioners' sugar
Heat oven to 375°F. Whisk
flour, sugar, lemon zest, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in large bowl.
Work butter in with fingers. In
measuring cup, whisk buttermilk and applesauce. Press half together with dry
ingredients. Pour in remaining liquid. Add dried cranberries; stir to combine.
Divide dough in half and sprinkle each round
with flour. Pat each into 1-inch-thick circle and divide into 6 wedges like a
pie. Place on baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake until golden, 15
to 18 minutes. Remove from oven. Cool five minutes, then transfer to a cooling
rack. In bowl, whisk 4
tablespoons lemon juice with confectioners' sugar; drizzle on scones. Serve
warm or let cool and store in airtight container.
Round the Net
Thanks to the following people who shared these links and/or good news:
Translator Guy Bennett on his translation of Greguerías (Mindmade Books, 2014), by Ramón Gómez de la Serna.
My sister-in-law Elaine for taking photos of my grandmother's work (above)
Writer Alison Ireland for the opportunity to participate in a creativity survey and her new writer-dedicated “blank page” website Hour of Writes
Publisher Janet Kaplan for Edric Mesmer’s poetry book, Faun for a Noon (Red Glass, 2014) orderable for $10 in a check addressed to author at 1217 Delaware Avenue, Apartment 802, Buffalo, NY 14209
Poet Amy King for the 2013 VIDA Count, which tracks gender equality in literary journals
Cancer Poetry Project Editor Karin Miller for this video of Canadian poet Samantha Albert
Director Mara Mills for directing the Small Town Theater Company’s “Painting Churches,” the Tina Howe play, on April 4 and 5 at 8 pm in Armonk
Novelist Nahid Rachlin who will be teaching summer workshops in Paris and on Martha’s Vineyard
Music archivist Jay Shulman for this fantastic look back at WNEW “Channel 5”
Poet Linda Simone for this article on mapping the music in translation
Poet Alison Stone for her new collection, Dangerous Enough (Presa Press, 2014)
Poet Neal Whitman for alerting me to the wonderful life of Alice Herz-Sommers