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Poetry Reading

Eleni Sikelianos and Will Alexander


Readings in Contemporary Poetry

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09/05/2017 18:30 09/05/2017 23:45 Europe/London Eleni Sikelianos and Will Alexander Event DetailsTuesday, May 9, 2017, 6:30 pmDia:Chelsea535 West 22nd Street, 5th FloorNew York City  Free for Dia members; $10 general admission; $6 admission for students and seniors Advance ticket purchases recommended. Tickets are also available for purchase at the door, subject to availability.  Eleni SikelianosEleni Sikelianos is the author of ten books of poetry and hybrid works, most recently Make Yourself Happy (Coffee House Press, 2017). These works frequently employ a range of forms (poetry, prose, document, and visual) and fields (often the sciences) as a means to explore ways of being and knowing. She has collaborated widely with other artists, including composer Philip Glass and filmmaker Ed Bowes. Her work has earned her two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, a New York Foundation for the Arts award, and a National Poetry Series selection, among other awards. A frequent participant in international festivals and programs, her poems and hybrid works have been translated into over a dozen languages. Sikélianòs has taught poetry in public schools, homeless shelters, and prisons, and is part of the guest faculty at the Naropa University Summer Writing Program in Boulder, Colorado. She currently teaches at the University of Denver, where she founded and runs the Writers in the Schools program.  from Your Kingdomyou arrange your syllables like a flockof self-forming starlings in a draft aimed outyour mouth and at an ear—there isanother here—you see the dimtraceries of human faces, charcoal in a night chamberbut also so palea pupil could not find such a pearlin a milk pool and other hues as the toneworld presents itself as sculpted and so you rise to greet it, sing, around the timetight patches of photoreceptors amassinto the absurdity of eyes which have to develop50, a hundred times and birdsdo it better than you, youstumble at the gate with the sharksand hummingbirds, a photon hits an opsin and tripsa switch and you learn to bend the light, transparentcrystallins clumping like jelly and itgoes opaque—were yousupposed to keep those feathers?if not for flight, why? Will AlexanderWill Alexander is a poet, novelist, essayist, philosopher, aphorist, playwright, visual artist, and pianist. He is author of thirty collections of writing in the above-mentioned genres. He is a recipient of the Whiting Fellowship for Poetry, California Arts Council Fellowship, PEN Oakland-Josephine Miles Literary Award, American Book Award, and Jackson Poetry Prize. His work has been translated into French, German, Romanian, and Spanish. Beginning After-ExistenceOn the threshing floorthere are spiders which astonishwith replications which irradiate which strike resistance which terrify which de-foil carnivorous amoebas with each fiber with each mandible with each blood knot gone astray flailing embryonic shifting out of red or exerted magma threading their weight throughout a melanotic angle into ghostly osmosis     Dia:Chelsea FALSE DD/MM/YYYY Eleni Sikelianos and Will Alexander