Tuesday, October 18, 2016, 6:30 pm
535 West 22nd Street, 5th Floor
New York City
Readings in Contemporary Poetry curator, Vincent Katz provided an introduction for the evening's reading.
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.
Mary Jo Bang
Mary Jo Bang is a poet and teacher who lives and works in Saint Louis. She received an MFA in creative writing from Columbia University, New York. She is the author of seven books of poems, including The Last Two Seconds (Graywolf Press, 2015). Bang is a professor of English at Washington University in Saint Louis.
ME, A CRONICLE
David Lehman is a poet and teacher who lives and works in New York and Ithaca. He received a PhD in English from Columbia University, New York. He is the author of several collections of poems, including New and Selected Poems (Scribner, 2013). His most recent nonfiction book is Sinatra’s Century: One Hundred Notes on the Man and His World (HarperCollins, 2015).
Romulus and Remus
Look for Remus in the index of a book
And you are bound to get “See Romulus”
Which is perfectly logical but makes me wonder
About indexes, or indices, and why I prefer the former
As the plural except in a financial context, and how
An index to a book that may not exist may imply
A whole biography, as my friend Paul Violi
Showed in his poem “Index.” My late friend
Paul Violi, whom I still see in the street
Sometimes, walking along at an unhurried pace
So if I walk fast I will catch up to him at the corner
Before the light turns green.