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Wednesday's Poem | Bryant Park Reading featuring Amy King

Hurray! It is Wednseday and we have another poetry reading. This week we are back to presenting readings from our BlazeVOX reading at the Bryant Park reading series, Word for Word. This week we are happy to present Amy King. Hurray!    

What we learned: Lev Rubinstein Note Card Poems

Two sets of Note Card Poems by Lev Rubenstein translated by Philip Metres.

Born in 1947 and one of the founders of Moscow Conceptualism, Lev Rubinstein is among Russia's most well known contemporary writers.  He has been called a “Postmodern Chekhov.” His work is conceived as series of index cards, a poetic medium which he was inspired to create through his work as a librarian at the Lenin Library. His work was circulated through samizdat and underground readings in the "unofficial" art scene and found wide publication in the late 1980s. Rubinstein lives in Moscow and writes cultural criticism for the independent media.  The Compleat Catalogue of Comedic Novelties, Rubinstein's complete work of poems, will be published by Ugly Duckling Presse in 2014.  

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Happy Halloween: E. Allan Po Reading: Anagrammatic Incantation by “Conceptual Poetry”


As promised, here is our trick and treat for Halloween. E. Allan Po Reading: Anagrammatic Incantation by “Conceptual Poetry.” Click on the video above and enjoy. The full text of the poem is below. Happy Halloween!!!


HARRIET BLOG PROMOTES : Teaser for E. Allan Po. Reading: Anagrammatic Incantation by "Conceptual Poetry"

The Poetry Foundation was kind enough to post a our trailer for Kent Johnson's upcoming Halloween movie! Hurray! Below is the blog listing and you can see read the whole post on Harriet here.  


‘from the mind of Kent Johnson’: Teaser for E. Allan Po. Reading: Anagrammatic Incantation by ‘Conceptual Poetry’


Our good friends at BlazeVox have piqued our interest with this teaser/trailer (“from the mind of Kent Johnson”) for an upcoming movie to be released everywhere on Halloween, Oct. 31, 2013. Yes, everywhere! Regardez!


Posted in Poetry News on Thursday, October 24th, 2013 by Harriet Staff. 

Wednesday's Poem | Bryant Park Reading featuring Geoffrey Gatza

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Bryant Park Poetry Reading
I am very excited to make an announcement for a big BlazeVOX [books] poetry reading in NYC. The Word for Word programs takes place under a canopy of London Plane trees in Bryant Park.  Bryant Park is located at Avenue of the Americas (6th Avenue) and 42nd Street.  The visual landmark at the east end of the park is the New York Public Library.  The poetry readings take place on Tuesdays at 7pm.  We will feature five poets, Michael Kelleher, Amy King, Kristina Marie Darling, Leah Umansky and Geoffrey Gatza. Each poet will read for 15 to 20 minutes. 
In case of heavy rain we will move to their rain venue, the General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen, 20 West 44th Street. It's a couple of blocks away from the park but we move together as a group so no one gets lost.  After the reading we move the group to the Bryant Park Café for refreshments and a post mortem of the reading. 
We have an exciting event coming up in a few days. BlazeVOX is having a reading at the Word for Word series held at Bryant Park. This is the park that is right behind the New York Public Library, the one with those two glorious lion sculptures facing out to 5th Avenue right near 42nd street. The idea of being a poet and a book publisher blossomed right here in Bryant Park when I was a young chef. I was working furious hours for very little, or often, no money. I learned a great many things about life during that time. I also learned many things that have nothing to do with life, items like frittatas or fish sauces that are not in fashion anymore. But when I wanted to find peace and quite by loosing myself in literature, I went to Bryant Park and the library. It was the only place in the whole city where I felt I could think clearly. Rather than hiding in my book on the train, my closet that was listed as an apartment, or mingling in overly crowded coffee shops, which were very much in vogue in those days. When I left NYC to go to back home to Buffalo eighteen years ago I had every intention of returning. As things work out, Buffalo treated me all right. So this reading is a nice way to come back and show the land, the trees and the old guys playing chess the seeds that Bryant Park planted within me and grew. With that in mind, if you are in NYC please come out and play a game of chess, listen to fine poetry and have a drink with us :-) If not, no worries, I will be recording all the performances and broadcasting them in our BXtraordinary page in the coming weeks. Hurray!
7:00pm -- 8:30pm | Bryant Park Reading Room
Featuring the Poets of: BlazeVOX Books
Tuesday, September 24, 2013, 7:00pm - 8:30pm at Bryant Park
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Michael Kelleher 
To Be Sung | Human Scale
Leah Umansky  
Domestic Uncertainties
Amy King  
Slaves to Do These Things  |  I'm the Man Who Loves You  | Antidotes for an Alibi
Kristina Marie Darling
Petrarchan | THE MOON & OTHER INVENTIONS: Poems After Joseph Cornell
Geoffrey Gatza 
House of Forgetting  | Apollo (Forthcoming)
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