Thursday, 5 June 2008

London: Coffee-house poetry at the Troubadour

mon 9th jun, 8pm at the troubadour

poets on US poets:

brahic, corn, kapos & moore fuller


roethke, bishop, stevens & merrill

In Roethke’s centenary year, Coffee-House Poetry invites four contemporary North-American poets to read & discuss four great US poets: Theodore Roethke, Elizabeth Bishop, Wallace Stevens (see poem below) & James Merrill.

Contributors: Alfred Corn (b. Bainbridge, Georgia) is the author of nine books of poems including Contradictions (Copper Canyon, 2002) and writes art criticism for Art in America & ARTnews; Martha Kapos (b. New Haven, Connecticut) is assistant poetry editor at Poetry LondonMy Nights in Cupid’s Palace (Enitharmon, 2003) won the Jerwood/Aldeburgh 1st collection prize; Canadian-born Beverley Bie Brahic lives in Paris & has translated Apollinaire, Ponge, Derrida & Cixous—her first collection is Against Gravity (Worple, 2005) and her Ponge translations are forthcoming from Faber; Janice Moore Fuller (3rd collection, Séance, Iris Press, 2007) is Writer-in-Residence & Professor of English at Catawba College in Salisbury, North Carolina.


Disillusionment of Ten o'Clock

The houses are haunted

By white night-gowns.

None are green,

Or purple with green rings,

Or green with yellow rings,

Or yellow with blue rings.

None of them are strange,

With socks of lace

And beaded ceintures.

People are not going

To dream of baboons and periwinkles.

Only, here and there, an old sailor,

Drunk and asleep in his boots,

Catches tigers

In red weather.

Wallace Stevens (Selected Poems, Faber, 1953)

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