Monday, October 06, 2003
1837- French utopian theorist Charles Fourier dies, Paris France
1917- Jazz great Thelonius Monk born, Rocky Mount, North Carolina
1941- Ogoni environmental activist Ken Saro-Wiwa born, Bori, Nigeria
1973- Spiro Agnew resigns in financial scandal & disgrace
Friday October 10, 2003
215 Festival presents
The Philly Sound Reading
CA Conrad, Greg Fuchs, hassen, Jenn McCreary, Fran Ryan, Frank Sherlock & Jennifer Snead
108 Chestnut St.
7pm cocktail hour
Readings start promptly by 8pm
Please note the divergence from our bi-weekly schedule. This event is on for THIS FRIDAY! Yes, Friday. Kick off your weekend with kickass poetry. Know us. Love us. Support us. Or get out of the way.
There will not be a La Tazza event on the following Saturday, October 18. I’ll be part of a blockbuster reading at the ICA (36th & Sansom) Poetry & Empire: Post-Invasion Poetics- featuring Herman Beavers, Charles Bernstein, Mei-Mei Brussenbrugge, Tim Carmody, Tom Devaney Greg Djanikian, Tim Donnelly, Rachel DuPlessis, Al Filreis, Michael Fried, Allen Grossman, Saskia Hamilton, Matt Hart, Fanny Howe, Erica Hunt, John Koethe, Jessica Lowenthal, Mark McMorris, Peter Middleton, Matt Merlino, Tracy Morris, Jennifer Moxley, Jena Osman, Bob Perelman, Bernie Rhie, Kathy Lou Schultz, Frank Sherlock, James Sherry, Josh Schuster, Ron Silliman, Rod Smith, Susan Stewart, Rodrigo Toscano, Rosmarie Waldrop, and Jennifer Snead.
Admission is free
RSVP (appreciated but not required): firstname.lastname@example.org
Jena Osman made the inaugural guest host event a great success, flexing her curatorial muscle & giving us a great lineup. She began by introducing her old friend, Bhanu Kapil-Rider. Bhanu read from a work about her mother being detained for a bomb interrogation while being put up in a five star hotel. The absurdity of the terror wars are soundtracked by mom’s Bollywood favorites on the hotel piano, much to the joy of fellow detainees. Kapil-Rider also read us notes from the nervous house, or psychiatric hospital. My only letdown is that Bhanu didn’t bring her new book on Kelsey St. Now that she whet my appetite, I’ll have to track it down through the usual circles.
Bob Perelman read from 10 to 1, giving us a peek-a-boo through the keyhole at his non-narrative bodies. He also delivered his then-pre-war, now-newly-relevant Against Shock and Awe. I remember reading it in the Inquirer before the war, & its implications have since taken on new context. It was good to hear it again. “Dead people are only free in the most limited way.” Bob also gave a shout-out to Gil Ott with Desert Music, & proclaimed he was hot for Djuna Barnes. Wawawa.
CALL TO ACTION:
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 25
International March on Washington DC
Gather at 11 am at the Washington Monument
MASS MARCH ON WASHINGTON TO SAY:
Bring the troops home now
End the occupation of Iraq
More info: ANSWER
See you Friday.