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Star Black reads from Waterworn


Many people may think of Star Black as a photographer who has documented NYC downtown art and literary events. She also curated the Monday Night Poetry Readings at KGB Bar beginning in 1997, an event that has been going on non stop for a quarter of a century. Even during the pandemic, the readings were Zoomed.

In the Vimeos below, Star reads from Waterworn, her book of sonnets that Steve Cannon published at Fly By Night Press in 1995, a short and a long version. John Ashbery has called them “fluently graceful.” I like them too. Enjoy.




Five sonnets from the Waterworn.

Waterworn was published by Gathering of the Tribes, Fly by Night Press. You can check it out here:





I think that Star Black’s artwork is really marvelous, something to write home about. Her collages are stunning. I visited Star yesterday in her lovely quiet spacious apartment near Grand Central Station and took pictures of some of the collages by a window with my iPhone. Although it was a cloudy day, the collages shine through with remarkable clarity. They can’t help themselves because they’re illuminating.






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