Category Archives: Books That Come My Way

Brendan Lorber reads from If This Is Paradise Why Are We Still Driving?

… “Who ever loved, that loved not at first sight?” Christopher Marlowe asked us in iambic pentameter a few years back, and I thought of that as I began to read If This Is Paradise Why Are We Still Driving? because I fell in love […]

Anne Waldman reads from Trickster Feminism

… I met up with Anne Waldman on a Friday last April at her house in the West Village to record her reading from First Baby Poems, a favorite book of mine. Anne had just come from Penguin Books where she’d been preparing for the […]

Thomas March reads from Aftermath

… There is the expression “new wine in old bottles,” the container from the past, but what you drink and enjoy very much the present, what things are like today. I thought of that listening to Thomas March read from his new book, Aftermath, at […]

John Deming reads from HEADLINE NEWS

… I enjoyed HEADLINE NEWS the moment I opened it, a great find—actually it was given to me so I should say a great gift—an instantaneous read full of surprises and fun, each poem with a real headline, a fact, something concrete the poet can […]

Sarah Rose Nordgren reads from Darwin’s Mother

… Mid-April at KGB I heard Sarah Rose Nordgren read from her new book, Darwin’s Mother, wonderful poems of structure and sound that are not always comfortable to listen to because something is alive and waiting on the page, words that try their hardest to […]

Kimberly Lyons reads from Capella

… Kimberly Lyons was in NYC visiting for a week, and I heard she would be at the Zinc Bar reading from her new book, Capella. I’ve enjoyed Kim’s poetry and prose over the years, and was really looking forward to her reading. In fact, […]

Danielle Pafunda reads from The Dead Girls Speak in Unison

… I went to the poetry reading at KGB on Monday night, April 9—Susan Lewis and Danielle Pafunda were reading—and the place was packed. KGB is a jewel of a place so they had to get more chairs. Luckily, I had gotten there a little […]

Susan Lewis reads from Zoom

… Susan Lewis read with Danielle Pafunda at the Zinc Bar on Monday night, April 9. The place was packed; they even had to get more chairs, but I’d gotten there early to position myself at the bar where I could steady my iPhone with […]

Anne Waldman reads from First Baby Poems

… I came across First Baby Poems by Anne Waldman on my bookshelf not long ago and opened it to find an old Amtrak train ticket from the early 1980s—bookmarking the page with the poem, Sonne. I remember the first time I heard First Baby […]

Readings from the Dia Anthology

… … Readings in Contemporary Poetry: An Anthology, edited by Vincent Katz, published by Dia Art Foundation last August, is a work of poetry, and a work of art too. If you believe words not only say what they mean, but affect us on the […]

John Godfrey reads from The City Keeps

… “The beat’s only a dream unless you dance,” John Godfrey wrote and read at the Poetry Project on February 28, 2018, as I thought to myself, “Have there ever been truer words written?” True words are what you get at a reading that John […]

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 […]