Category Archives: Odds and Ends

Jaime Manrique reads from Tarzan My Body Christopher Columbus

  I began reading Jaime Manrique’s Tarzan My Body Christopher Columbus over the summer, but because of some eye trouble, my watery itching eyes made it difficult to read. I persevered, however, because the poems valen la pena. As the title suggests, Tarzan My Body […]

Photos by Sujay Sarkar

  Sujay Sarkar is a student activist in Bangladesh. He is an organizer of the Bangladesh Students Union. He also edits a magazine called “Ishqul.” Sometimes he enjoys taking pictures and painting. There are fifteen of his most recent photographs below. Click on any photo […]

Alicia Ostriker reads from the volcano sequence

  A friend of mine, the Philadelphia poet Joel Colten, on a trip across the USA, stopped to take photographs of Mount Saint Helens, and died when that volcano erupted in 1980. At Joel’s funeral—his body wouldn’t be found for over a year after his […]

NYC From The Inside: NYC through the Eyes of the Poets Who Live Here

  Poets, some famous and some not so famous, have been included in NYC From The Inside: NYC through the Eyes of the Poets Who Live Here. This equanimity makes it a very satisfying eventful anthology. I would like to thank George Wallace and Francine […]

Annabel Lee reads Oracular Transcendentalism

Times flies and is truly transcendent. Several months ago, in a colder time, I went over to Jersey City where Annabel Lee currently lives in a beautiful apartment that is yet too small to contain all she does and is. There I recorded her reading […]

Daniel W.K. Lee reads from Anatomy of Want

I missed Daniel W.K. Lee’s reading at the Bureau when he was in town. I emailed him and asked if he would read some poems from his new book, Anatomy of Want, so I could share them on my blog. He did right away. Like […]

Ching Ho Cheng Retrospective at the Shepherd Gallery

There is a retrospective of Ching Ho Cheng’s work, including some new paintings recently discovered in Vienna, at the Shepherd Gallery at 58 East 79th Street right around the corner from Central Park and the Met. I was especially drawn to a sketch I had […]

Anselm Berrigan reads from Pregrets

  I have been to many Anselm Berrigan readings over the years and they are always a pleasure because Anselm is a pleasure, and his latest reading was no different. For some, however, pleasure might not be the first word that comes to mind when […]

Marcella Durand reads from To husband is to tender

  With some books of poetry, you can jump in anywhere, but with Marcella Durand’s To husband is to tender, I would say, “Start at the beginning, and let the book draw you in.” Contemplation, what it means to be together and apart, a Venn […]

Barry Schwabsky reads from Feelings of And

  Common comfortable places become uncommon and uncomfortable, common words whose meanings you thought you knew are a puzzle in pieces, and then the puzzle in pieces becomes a thought you know. You see and then you don’t. Some poems are like flashes of light […]

A Reading for Black Square Editions: Anselm Berrigan, Marcella Durand, and Barry Schwabsky

Weeks before it happened, I had heard about the Black Square Editions book party that was scheduled to take place at the signs and symbols art gallery at 249 East Houston. As the day approached, I looked forward to it as a sign that the […]

Matt Proctor reads from Single Room Occupancy

  If you want to give words to every moment, every thought and sight worth jotting down, you need a notebook though any scrap of paper will do. Bill Kushner was a poet I remember fondly who always had a notebook to write in. Matt […]