An introduction to an entirely new voice that speaks to you, as an adult out of these systems, is a rare and potentially life-altering gift… one that Exit Strata’s international creative network has the chance to offer all of us, as we replicate that atmosphere here in the virtual Commons.
I am *very*, shakingly, jumpingupanddown excited for the brilliant and gorgeous poets we have "playing" with us this month. These people stepped right up to the plate with fervor and love, to bring a range of inspiration to our shared table that will blow your minds.
I'm going to kick us off today by totally drooling all over Mina Pam Dick, who ousted my old friend Paul Goodman
from this spot when I saw her read for EAOGH
at the chapbook festival
the other day. (Goodness do I ever love Goodman though, too! we'll come back to him and why he changed my life
This week we'll be hearing from: Pete Reilly, Bill Considine, Tishon Woolcock, Caits Meissner, Gregory Crosby, and Frank Ortega, with many more to come. BOOMTIME!
Mina/Traver Pam Dick
(commence drooling) is, per her boiler-bio-plate, "a writer, artist and philosopher living in New York City. She's a native New Yorker. She received a BA from Yale and an MFA in Painting as well as an MA in Philosophy from the University of Minnesota. Her writing has appeared inTantalum
and The Brooklyn Rail
, and is forthcoming in The Portable Boog Reader 4
; her philosophical work has appeared in a collection published by the International Wittgenstein Symposium (Kirchberg am Wechsel, Austria)."
Reviews of her first book, Delinquent
, are smattered with praise like this apropos nugget: "Like a gender-errant Benjamin, Mina Pam Dick constellates recombinant philosophies, aesthetic forgeries, and the intertextual detritus of the big slithering city. The poems and prose that pack Delinquent
’s sucker punch are weighted with the freight of excess baggage, which means they are the very work of today" (—Vanessa Place)