Poet As Radio–Streaming Online Now!

I caught the  inaugural show of the Poet As Radio last Saturday (May 21st), which had a great interview with Sarah Rosenthal, author of A Community Writing Itself: Conversations with Vanguard Writers of the Bay Area.

Rosenthal made a terrific comment on “experimental” or “difficult” poetry.  “Experimental writing can mean a lot of different things to a lot of different people,” she said.  “But one of the things it tends to mean is that the poet or the writer has left room for the reader to–there’s not this idea of delivering the whole cloth meaning to the passive reader . . . .  It’s an engagement, it’s an interaction, it’s co-creating the meaning and each reader is invited to co-create that meaning in his or her own way.”

I love the sense of the poet and reader engaged in the mutual activity of creating meaning together–isn’t that what we should be doing (ideally) in all areas of our lives?  It’s definitely one of the things I find incredibly satisfying about reading poetry.

The founders of Poet As Radio are Nicholas Leaskou, Jay Thomas and Delia Tramontina, all of whom are very fine poets and artists themselves.  They named the show after Jack Spicer’s idea that the poet is a conduit, not a creator, and I think Spicer would appreciate the doubling effect going on here with the poets/radios floating their words back on the radio waves.  Recently I’ve been conducting some lucid dreaming experiments in order to “catch” my own radio signals to put into poetry–with some very interesting results!

You can check out the archived episode at www.savekusf.org.  The second half of the Sarah Rosenthal interview will air on Saturday, May 22nd at 9am.


Infinite City and Kelsey Street Book Party

On Wednesday, May 18th, I’m going to one of my favorite restaurants, Woodward’s Garden, to eat, drink, and be merry listening to Rebecca Solnit and Friends discuss Infinite City:  A San Francisco Atlas.  It’s a fabulous book that looks at San Francisco through the prism of a cartography that was hidden until now! Rebecca and her company of artists and writers have scoped out the City by the Bay in all its multitudinous glory, from “Cinema City” to “The Tribes of San Francisco,” and brought it to life in this gorgeous volume of words, pictures and maps!

You can find more info about this event at:  http://figmentspot.blogspot.com/2011/05/infinite-beauty-rebecca-solnit-reads-at_03.html

And on Sunday, May 22nd, from 3-5pm, Kelsey Street Books is hosting a publishing party for three new releases:

Elevators by Rena Rosenwasser

Peril as Architectural Enrichment by Hazel White

AERODROME ORION & Starry Messenger by Susan Gevirtz

Susan Gevirtz was my advisor for Major Project 1 and we had a fantastic time discussing art and poetry.  She even lent me her books by Barbara Guest (Rocks on a Platter and Durer in the Window).  Susan is a terrific poet and I’m looking forward to reading her new collection!

Here’s a link to the invite and details:  http://new.evite.com/services/links/O63PYYZZDP

Time to be dazzled!