Solar eclipse in the northeast
|Photo by Michael Cefola|
Less high-tech, a colander spread dozens of crescent-sun disks over our deck. Wildlife seemed noisier as light slightly dimmed, and the air cooled. Get your solar sunglasses now for the next one—in seven years!
Free Ferry at Fordham University
As you may know, one of Free Ferry’s dual narratives follows one of the scientists who isolated plutonium. That scientist was a professor at Fordham, and I am delighted that I will be reading at the Rose Hill Campus as part of a STEM event recognizing the 75th anniversary of his achievement. Come to Flom Auditorium at the Walsh Library on October 11, from 2:30-5:30pm, to hear multiple speakers and enjoy a reception. The event is free and public welcome.
JohnMac Radio Show
What a great time talking with poet and program host John F. McMullen, aka “JohnMac”! We covered writer workshops, ways writers can increase literary credits, joys of the online course ModPo, and a dose of politics. You can hear the hour-long interview in this podcast, and be sure to listen to those with Edward Ahern and Susana H. Case.
Ann Starr on Outsider Art
Deborah Coulter at the Alexander Gallery
Baring Breasts in Peekskill and Bethlehem
"Bosom Bodies,” an exhibit honoring Breast Cancer Awareness Month, will be October 7 - 29, at the SIA Gallery; opening October 7, 3-6pm, and closing performances and panel on October 29, 3-5pm. A complementary exhibit, Clarity Haynes: Bearing Witness, The Breast Portrait Project, 1998 – Present at Payne Gallery, also curated by Beth Gersh-Nesic, runs September 7-October 15 in Bethlehem, PA.
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Curried Squash Soup
Keetje Kuipers on Beyond the Precious Self: Publishing Your Failed Poem, September 26, 2pm
Loose Moose Publishing Poetry Contest by December 1
New Millennium Writing Awards by November 30
New York Encounter Poetry Contest judged by Dana Gioia – by November 7
Auden, the Psalms and Me by J. Chester Johnson (Church Publishing)
Carpeing the Diem by David Lee Garrison (Dos Madres Press)
15 Flower World Variations – revised (The Operating System) by Jerome Rothenberg
The Oligarch by James Sherry (Palgrave MacMillan)
The Standing Eight by Adam Berlin (Finishing Line Press)
Technicians of the Sacred - 50th anniversary ed. (Univ. of California Press) by Jerome Rothenberg
Curried Squash Soup
This recipe from The Perfect Wife Restaurant is probably the most delicious soup I’ve had in a long time.
2 ribs celery
1 T. chopped garlic
3 T. curry powder
4 c. zucchini, rough chop
4 c. summer squash, rough chop
½ c. white wine
2 large potatoes, peeled and chopped into 1” chunks
½ gallon chicken or vegetable stock
¾ c. heavy cream
Poetry readings / literary events
|Marianne Moore (1887-1972)|
Brooklyn Book Festival, September 11-17, Kaveh Akbar, Will Brewer, Carolyn Forché, Robin Coste Lewis, Layli Long Soldier, Aja Monet, Meghan O'Rourke, Morgan Parker, Tommy Pico, Erika L. Sánchez, sam sax, Nicole Sealey, Danez Smith, Mai Der Vang, Javier Zamora
Center for Fiction, September 13, 7pm – Daniel Handler, Emma Straub
Pacific Standard, September 13, 8pm – Jerry T Johnson
Brooklyn Public Library, September 15, 8:30pm – Marianne Moore Tribute: Heather Cass White, Patrick Breen, Eleanor Chai, Timothy Donnelly, Margo Jefferson, Maureen N. McLane, Maria Tucci
HVWC, September 15, Open Mic, 7:30pm, $5
Park Plaza Restaurant, September 16, 2:30pm – Alice B. Fogel, Howard Pflanzer, Christina M. Rau, $5
HVWC, September 17, 4:30pm – Jill Bialosky, Susana H. Case, Caroline Smith, $10
Woody Tanger Auditorium, September 18, 11am, Sandra Cisneros
Shetler Studios and Theatres, September 20-October 7, “Blood Boundary,” by Cherokee playwright Vicki Lynn Mooney
Photo credit: MacArthur Foundation
September 21, 9pm,
Charlie Rauh new album,
Cave Canem, September 22, 6:30pm, Patrick Rosal
Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House, September 28, 7pm – Meghan O'Rourke
Kelly Writers House, September 28, 6pm – Jerome Rothenberg, Charles Bernstein, Ron Silliman, Rochelle Owens, George Economou, Laynie Brown, Michelle Taransky, Ahmad Almallah, Julia Bloch, Ariel Resnikoff
Howl Happenings Gallery, October 1, 7pm – Jerome Rothenberg, Cecilia Vicuña
Poets House, October 3, 7pm – Jerome Rothenberg, Anne Waldman, Cecilia Vicuña, Bob Holman, Papa Susso, George Quasha, Ariel Resnikoff, Stuart Cooke.
Trinity Church Wall Street,
October 8, 1pm – J. Chester Johnson on Auden
October 8, 1pm – J. Chester Johnson on Auden
The Backroom – Local 138, October 10, 6pm – Drugstore Blue by Susanna H. Case release: Mervyn Taylor, Jennifer Franklin, Elizabeth Haukaas, Myra Malkin, Lynn McGee, Margo Taft Stever, Meredith Trede, Estha Weiner
ʼRound the Net
|Jessica Helen Lopez|
Art Historian/Curator Beth Gersh-Nesic for honoring Michael Richards in the Francis M. Naumann catalog of the late sculptor’s current exhibit
Editor-in-chief Cindy Hochman for an amazing new issue of First Literary Review-East
Professor Paul Mariani for this insightful look at the work of John Ashbery
Art Historian Laura Morelli for her Ted-Ed video on the difference between art and craft
Poet/artist Linda Simone for sharing this hilarious poem that skewers “some” poetry profs
|Photo by Mike Virsinger|
Astrophotographer Mike Virsinger for this amazing total eclipse photo
Filmmaker Frederick Wiseman for his documentary on the New York Public Library
These Lacustrine Cities
These lacustrine cities grew out of loathing
Into something forgetful, although angry with history.
They are the product of an idea: that man is horrible, for instance,
Though this is only one example.
They emerged until a tower
Controlled the sky, and with artifice dipped back
Into the past for swans and tapering branches,
Burning, until all that hate was transformed into useless love.
Then you are left with an idea of yourself
And the feeling of ascending emptiness of the afternoon
Which must be charged to the embarrassment of others
Who fly by you like beacons.
The night is a sentinel.
Much of your time has been occupied by creative games
Until now, but we have all-inclusive plans for you.
We had thought, for instance, of sending you to the middle of the desert,
To a violent sea, or of having the closeness of the others be air
To you, pressing you back into a startled dream
As sea-breezes greet a child’s face.
But the past is already here, and you are nursing some private project.
The worst is not over, yet I know
You will be happy here. Because of the logic
Of your situation, which is something no climate can outsmart.
Tender and insouciant by turns, you see
You have built a mountain of something,
Thoughtfully pouring all your energy into this single monument,
Whose wind is desire starching a petal,
Whose disappointment broke into a rainbow of tears.
— John Ashbery
Until next time,