Category Archives: Books That Come My Way

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 […]

Haiku Showdown or the Night of the Lost Haikus: Mark Statman and Jeff Wright @ Lazy Susan Gallery

… On October 13, 2017, Jeff Wright and Mark Statman read some poetry at the Lazy Susan Gallery on East Broadway, a little out of the way perhaps, but there was another art gallery right beside it having an opening so the crowd inside and […]

Susan L. Miller reads from Communion of Saints

… I read on September 9th at the Lunar Walk Poetry Series with Susan L. Miller; Lynn McGee, one of the curators, was kind enough to ask us. She runs the series with Gerry LaFemina at Local 138 at 138 Ludlow Street at 4 PM […]

Charles Bernstein reads from Recalculating

… If you were in a bookstore and didn’t have the money to buy Charles Bernstein’s latest book, Recalculating, which is soon to become a paperback published by the University of Chicago Press, I’d say, “Take twenty minutes, go to the beginning and start to […]

Lee Ann Brown reads from Other Archer

… I went over to Chelsea the other day to finally capture the irrepressible Lee Ann Brown. She and her husband Tony Torn live at Torn Page, a townhouse near 9th Avenue, the home of Tony’s parents, Rip Torn and Geraldine Page. Lee Ann and […]

Lamont Steptoe reads from Crowns and Halos

… I knew that Lamont Steptoe had had a book published through a PEW Fellowship, Crowns and Halos, and I wanted to document him reading from it. My archive of Philadelphia poets would never be complete without the addition of this poet, who lives in […]

Jim Cory reads from 25 Short Poems

… Quem recitas meus est, o Fidentine, libellus: …sed male cum recitas, incipit esse tuus. Fidentius, when you recite my little book …badly, it becomes yours. ………—Martial … I went down to Philly to record Jim Cory in his lofty apartment in Center City full […]