Tuesday, February 7, 2017, 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.
Joel Lewis’s latest book, My Shaolin: A Poem of Staten Island (Hanging Loose Press, 2016), is a book-length poem that serves as a psychogeographic investigation of the southernmost portion of the New York Archipelago. Previous books include North River Rundown (Accent Editions, 2012), Surrender When Leaving Coach (Hanging Loose Press, 2012), Learning from New Jersey (Talisman House, 2007), Vertical’s Currency (Talisman House, 1999), and House Rent Boogie (Yellow Press, 1992). He edited Bluestones and Salt Hay (Rutgers University Press, 1990), an anthology of contemporary New Jersey poets, as well as On the Level Everyday (Talisman House, 1997), the selected talks of Ted Berrigan, and Reality Prime (Talisman House, 1998), the selected poems of Walter Lowenfels. A social worker by day, he has taught creative writing at the Poetry Project, Rutgers University, and Writer’s Voice. And, for better or worse, he initiated the ill-fated New Jersey Poet Laureate position that was such a headache for Amiri Baraka. With his wife, Rutgers University cinema professor Sandy Flitterman-Lewis, he resides in Hoboken.
At The Bohemian Embassy
Bare red balloon in the foyer
She has no words except “I'll be there”.
But what have I signed up for?
Warps of estrangement?
“Your paintings of mind-blistering cold snow..."
Borrow what you can
Night-kissing bitter Turkish cigarettes
Of new information & the blur of freaked pigeons
Your scheme to condo heating grates….
Seems that nerves do the walking
Or large as a lake that burned.
Edwin Torres came to poetry through performance art in New York City’s East Village in the early 1990s. The neighborhood’s diversity in addition to the combined forces of Dixon Place, Nuyorican Poets Café, and St. Marks Poetry Project shaped his multidisciplinary approach to language. His books include Ameriscopia (University of Arizona Press, 2014), Yes Thing No Thing (Roof Books, 2010), and The PoPedology of an Ambient Language (Atelos, 2007). Fellowships include the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, New York Foundation for Arts, and Poetry Fund. Anthologies include Angels of the Americlypse: New Latin@ Writing (Counterpath Press, 2014), Postmodern American Poetry (W. W. Norton & Company, 2013), and Aloud; Voices From The Nuyorican Poets Café (Holt, 1994). In 2017, Torres will serve as a fellow in the Center for Programs in Contemporary Writing at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. He is a member of the electro-lingo band Sowndhaus, and lives in Beacon, New York, with his wife and son.
TADPOLE AT STARLIGHT
a small infinity
has appeared on the crest of ignition
a curve for all things stolen
a swipe at things that magnify
i was infinite for a moment
traveled inside lightless eye
rode a width across a legion's pupil
molded by something closer than free
about to crash into a million years
if i could just leave the floating to smaller bugs
my fingers now closed my eyes hovering
over my keys over each letter
my frogs looking to land on soft ground
that's all we want, isn't it
a launchpad over stellar indications of messy instability
or maybe a drain to edit
to take the universal
out of in
for all things balanced
on lunar surf
the circumstance of delicate cognition
telegraphs a step — let me go up to you,
now warm in the place i remember, and tired
— do you know how — you ask, your answer
the one i start with
Readings in Contemporary Poetry: An Anthology