April 16, 7:00 Caffè
Taci (B'way/110th) Staged reading of short verse play,"The Earthly Trinity".
[See Essays, this issue] In from England, Patrick Henry joins
Michael Graves, Pete Wolf Smith and other contributors for poetry/music
related to this month's feature.
May 10, 7:00 Caffè
Taci (B'way/110th) Alfred Corn (The Poem's Heartbeat) appears
with distinguished alumni from Columbia University's Writing Division whose
work is featured in the May issue. Reservations strongly recommended: (212)
June 15, 6:30 Housing Works
Used Books & Café (126 Crosby St/corner Prince)
Our mid-monthly poetry/music event
for June is 'Only the Dead' ("have seen the end of war." -- attrib.
to Plato), on the Vietnam War, featuring a live preview of jazz violinist
Billy Bang's CD, based on his tour of duty.
June 21, 7:00 Caffè
Taci is the key to Big City Lit's 10-block Summer Solstice Free
Expression Festival on NY's Upper West Side. Poetry/music event will preview
work from "The Dark." [Submissions accepted until May 15.]
In This Issue
New call for submissions. For details, consult Submissions Page.
New loads this month:
"Legal Forum" and "Book Shelf"
In this month of Easter and Passover,
we take a four-faceted look at the sacred and profane. 'Light and Questions
Through the Window: Masters of the Christian Devotional' spans the 13th
to 20th centuries with poems by Herbert, Donne, Milton, Rilke, Eliot et
al., framed by Yeats and introduced by Senior Poetry Editor, Nicholas Johnson.
'I Lift Up Mine Eyes' offers tradition and innovation on Jewish themes
and stories. Wallace Stevens provides title and inspiration for 'Not this
divided and indifferent blue': The Still Necessary Angels, a combined look
at the edges of paradise, while Twelve experiments on the borderline
between devout and blasphemous, spiritual and erotic. The Global Poem
Zones series continues, with work by Patrick Henry, Paul Espel and
Susan Scutti. The cumulative Big City, Little page grows, with work
from the personal vantage on Paris, Prague, Los Angeles, and NYC. The Bridge
City Lit pages feature outstanding work in French, Czech and Slovenian.
Fiction: William William
by Reese Thompson
"Because, sitting on that swing,
becoming who I am, and living in this town, I was susceptible to his questioning.
I thought for a moment how it might be nice to be him, or to kill him.
I thought I might feed him if I was someone else."
Kinnell's 'The Supper After
the Last': On Poetry and Blasphemy
"Believers who find this blasphemous
perhaps miss the point that it is not in the celebration of some savage
and debauched existence but a brush with Shiva the Destroyer, out of Hinduism,
who combines the countervailing energies of birth and ruination. Here,
the sublime is the terrible, and it kills you." (John Foy)
Mary's 9th-Hour Clemency Plea:
'The Earthly Trinity', An Essay in Verse
Angel never bidden, revisit widow
have with her the way of Lucifer,
though breeding aught but dry
if no less purchase his reprieve.
Martin Luther Flings Theses at Mayor
Faith-Based Funding: The Government
Remake of Meet John Doe?
'Vain' or 'Meaningless': Different
Takes on Ecclesiastes 1
Bill Kushner's He Dreams of Waters
"Welcome to Planet Kushner where
the world is language, not translated, not transcribed, but tongue in all
its Rabelaisian bawdiness, free-wheeling, flicking in and out of grammar."
Struggles with the Holy in the
Poetry of Michael Graves
"God offers no explanation for his
rejection of Cain's gifts. So, I saw Cain was Job. In his Joseph books,
Thomas Mann presents the idea that all beginnings are earlier than they
are thought to be. Moving typology backward, Cain may be Christ." (M. Graves)
Interviewed by Vic Schermer.
Series on Series: The
Phoenix Series at Center for Book Arts
The 92nd St Y's Rimbaud Brunch (2/25):
Lilith Magazine's 25th Anniversary
Event at Makor (3/1)
The 14th St Y's Int'l Women's Day:
Molly Peacock and Sapphire (3/8)
Makor's Poetry & Mentorship
Richard Howard / Lucie Brock-Broido
(2/22); Agha Shahid Ali / Amanda Schaffer / Daniel P Ellison (3/15)
Yo Mama!: Standing Up to the
"The appeasement strategy adopted
by mainstream arts organizations and their supporters in the wake of the
Mapplethorpe controversy has clearly failed. (Neal
Persecuting the Victims
"There is no Religious Right. It
is a convenient fiction, manufactured by supposedly tolerant Leftists as
a way of stereotyping anyone who doesn't twirl a baton in their humanist
parade." (John Guthmiller, Ether Zone)
A Last-Minute Pardon from Clinton,
A Last Value Meal from Bush
The editors comment on books that
belong on the shelf of anyone who wishes to understand the linguistic music
of poetry, its potential, and place among the arts. They are: Alfred Corn's
Poem's Heartbeat, Ellen Bryant Voigt's The Flexible Lyric, Mary
Kinzie's The Cure of Poetry in an Age of Prose, Dana Gioia's
Poetry Matter? Also discussed is Mary Kinzie's recent A Poet's Guide
Theatre Review: The Picture of Dorian
Flicks: A Poetic Sacrilege?