Category Archives: Books That Come My Way

John Yau reads from Bijoux in the Dark

… I look forward to John Yau’s erudite—and fun to read—art criticism online in Hyperallergic, keeping me in touch with what’s going on, but I wasn’t familiar with his poetry until I ran across Egyptian Sonnet 2 in the anthology that Vincent Katz put together […]

Todd Colby reads from Splash State and Flushing Meadows

… If you are new to Todd Colby’s poetry, you’ll enjoy it because it is full of sounds and images that are unexpected, funny sexy surprises that can penetrate all the five senses. Todd is a musician, poet, and artist, but in this particular post, […]

Lewis Warsh reads from Out of the Question: Selected Poems (1963 – 2003)

… I like to read Lewis Warsh and I like to listen to him read. He pronounces his words well because he knows what they mean. In the spirit of listening, here is what I captured of him reading at the Poetry Project last autumn […]

Michael Lally reads from ANOTHER WAY TO PLAY, Poems 1960 – 2017

… I’ve been working on a project recording poets reading poems or getting poets to send me videos of themselves reading poems that are in Readings In Contemporary Poetry, DIA Art Foundation, a recent anthology edited and beautifully put together by Vincent Katz, a book […]

Poem a Month, poems and art by Philip Good

On the day of Christmas Eve, Philip Good gave to me a gift that’s delighted me so much I want to share it with you now, POEM A MONTH, Poems and Art by Philip Good. Enjoy.

Bertha Rogers reads from Heart Turned Back

… I heard Bertha Rogers read at Zinc Bar on the 19th of November, and it was one of the best readings I’ve been to in a long time, much like the woman herself, down to earth and sublime. She grew up in rural Iowa […]

Joan Larkin reads at Haverford College

… After my father died, I read Cold River by Joan Larkin, a book about dying, parents and friends with AIDS. I remembered looking up at the stars sleeping in a sleeping bag with my father. I remembered visiting the Ridiculous Theater playwright, Georg Osterman, […]

Alistair McCartney reads from The Disintegrations

… As a kid, when I read books, I skipped around a lot. I’d page through encyclopedias, fairy tales, Bible stories, and choose what caught my eye. I still read books of poetry that way, but with prose I mostly start at the beginning. I’m […]

Robert Hershon reads from Goldfish and Rose

… I heard in September that Robert Hershon and Joan Larkin were going to be reading at Haverford College in November and I immediately knew that I would come down and see them read together. It’s easy enough to get to Philadelphia. I live close […]

Never Made In America: Martín Barea Mattos translated by Mark Statman

… I got Mark Statman’s translation of Never Made In America a year ago just as my life became so full of commitments (I began to take care of my ailing old father) that I had no time to sit down and read. I have […]

Bob Holman reads The Cutouts

… I really wanted to record Bob Holman reading his new chapbook, The Cutouts, at the Bowery Poetry Club on October the 29th because my plan to archive contemporary poets would never be complete without him—and I love chapbooks!—but suddenly there was a Nor’easter going […]

Cole Swensen reads from Landscapes on a Train

… Landscapes on a Train is a beautiful book to hold and look at. Nightboat Books, I think, did a wonderful job publishing it. And the book is full of remarkable poems that make opening it worthwhile. I typed out at random the four poems […]