November and December have been great months for poetry. David Ferry won the National Book award for his book Bewilderment David read form Bewilderment at the Grolier and many other venues around town.
Local poets Elizabeth McKim and Thomas O’leary read at Grolier and the famous Charles Coe sang a tune for us.
We also hosted readings for local poets Ann Mirabile Lees reading from her chap book Night Spirit, Mark Pawlak of Hanging Loose Press read for us from Go to the Pine:Quoddy Journals 2005-2010 which is a beautiful poetry collage about the Maine coast, and George Kalogeris who has a new book of paired translations Dialogos.
Kathleen Spivack’s new book With Robert Lowell and his circle was a hit with the crowd at both the Grolier and the Harvard Book Store. The Grolier and the Harvard book store had standing room only and lines outside. Elizabeth McKim, Lloyd Schwartz, Frank Bidart and many other poets were at the store for a lively discussion of poetry from the 1950′s to the 1980′s.
Keith Jones read at the Grolier from his new book Surface to Air Residuals of Basquiat.
The Blacksmith House hosted Jean Valentine and Ilya Kaminsky for a reading of the translation of Marina Tsvetaeva. This is a great time for Poetry and Poets.
Ben Mazer’s play City of Angels was read at the Grolier with the great Mark Schorr directing and a cast of nine readers.