Tuesday, September 14, 2004

out & a bout

Then it was going on, the MAKOR reading was reel fun! This here from the boon-docks and hill-billyness was very excited getting to read with Marc Jaffee, David Shapiro and David Lehman in Manhattan. Each poet read a poem by a poet they admired in BAP2004 and their own one plus more of their own ones. Marc Jaffee read John Ashbery's poem and then fiery wow fiery several more tenderly love poems, then I dedicated my share in giving the reading to all ye editors of independent magazines and reading series and in that spirit did read Danielle Pafunda's poem which--btw and as I said when I did read, I admires for its sense of form, verbal dexterity, sharp wit and general fiestiness--and then I did read some more and a few with lots of curse words which I does have to admit felt a bit untenable there in the well-lit gallery with everyone looking so nice and all and yes I did know and tell myselves it's just that sort of quiet and propriety I did intend to get carnival with and anyways 'twas a great audience, then David Shapiro read Aaron Fogel's ? ok ok ok so I was still reeling a bit in my own adrenaline and now can't remember for totally sure which poem he chose to read but anyways and then he's a wanderful reader rhythm and conversational and also tenderly love poems plus one by David Lehman and I wished I'd gone ahead and read the one I had thought to read one published this year in the Kenyon Review that really would have fit into the anthology well except David Lehman's never in the anthology because he's a conscientious editor:

Poem in the Manner of Vladimir Mayakovsky

Like a giant in slippers reading
the morning news of an event that
hasn't yet happened I wear my robe
of authority like the majestic girth
of a great detective my job
to puzzle out how we got to this
stalemate with its tragic
inevitability can I retrace
the moves the sacrifice of a pawn
to support the bishop's attack?
My backbone is my flute:
you play it, I sing, it hurts.
The words fly from my mouth
like people jumping off a bridge
in flames and in the city of my heart
that bridge is a temple
and I am a boy who sings in the choir
of the temple that is burning
so I cannot sing O mother forgive me

then David Lehman read James Tate's poem so well and we all laughed and several of his tenderly love humor conversational identity family history, then it was going on then, Marc Jaffee left before I could say bye, John and I lingered and met fantastic people and then I swapped books with David Shapiro and her hilly-billyness could not believe her lives, and then it was then.


Blogger Nanci said...

You're excitement made me feel as if I were there. I wondered where it was and figured it would be in NYC.

Do they ever happen here in Syracuse? I'd love to go.

Thanks for sharing. It sounds like you had a reely reely good time.


11:50 AM  
Blogger shanna said...

phooey i missed it you them. sounds lovely. isn't david swell?

12:17 PM  
Blogger Laurel said...

Sounds rockin... Makor as in "Jewishy art stuff" Makor?

9:06 PM  
Blogger Heidi Lynn Staples (formerly Heidi Peppermint) said...

Nanci, I haven't lined anything up just yet in Syracuse, but there are a goodly lots of poetry readings here in Syracuse, especially at the Y-I'll try to keep ye posted! I'm going to be reading in Ithaca at the Westend series some Saturday soon and will post the date when I have it. T'would be fun to meet up!

5:50 PM  
Blogger Heidi Lynn Staples (formerly Heidi Peppermint) said...

shanna, t-totallehman!

5:52 PM  
Blogger Heidi Lynn Staples (formerly Heidi Peppermint) said...

Laurel, That's the one. Lovely venue--you seen it?

5:53 PM  
Blogger Nanci said...

I'll be there!

8:14 PM  
Blogger Laurel said...

I haven't been to Makor, but I work for Hillel and I met the director at a conference and got super excited about it. I'd bvery much like to get involved in/with it, and try to use it as an example for something here in Atlanta...

Ever since I met the Makor guy, I keep thinking I'd like to work for them at some point. I'm going to be in NY in October and plan to swing by and see the space!

10:52 AM  
Blogger chernugent said...

That trip sounded like a lot of fun. Let me know when you are to read at the lawns of the Y. It might not be NYC, but it is close in some respects.

10:37 AM  

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