Because no one was reading her own work, the room took on the feel of a group of friends discussing an absent, mutual friend with general good humor and an occasional wink. Klaver tackled the verbal gymnastics of reading Gertrude Stein’s “Stanzas in Meditation” while Tardi moved his head in rhythm with the words behind her. When she reached the end of the stanzas with the line “these stanzas are done,” she spoke with genuine relief, and the laughter that followed was not at the expense of the poem, but rather with the enjoyment of having heard its trickiness. Tardi complained he was drawing all the love poems after reading Karen Volkman’s “Casanova in Love” and Ted Berrigan’s “Words of Love” in rapid succession. Homan’s face had the look of greeting an old friend each time she drew a new poem.
The Printers' Ball is almost upon us, and several local readings will usher it in. The Ballitself takes place on Friday, July 20, at 8:00 pm at:
Zhou B. Art Center
1029 West 35th Street, Chicago
You can get there by car, train, or bus: Free Parking | Red Line to Sox-35th | Halsted Bus
Sunday, July 8, 6pm. Brandi Homan and others @ Red Rover: Experiment #13, Not just Another Chicago Magazine release party, HotHouse, 31 East Balbo Avenue, $10 (Includes an issue of ACM #47, "ACM is DEAD")
Wednesday, July 11, 7:30pm. Cathy Park Hong, John Beer, Arda Collins, and Julia Story @ The Danny's Reading Series Featuring MoonLit & The Canary, Danny's, 1951 West Dickens
Sunday, July 15, 7pm. Brandi Homan, Becca Klaver, Mark Tardi, and Daniel Borzutsky @ Myopic Poetry Series,Myopic Books, 1564 North Milwaukee Avenue
Wednesday, July 18, 8pm. Suzanne Frischkorn and Shlomit Baytelman @ Pala...