Poetry month has come to a close, but the poetry is still flowing all around us. This weekend will be packed full of amazing events. Exit Strata will be tabling at CUNY's 5th annual Chapbook Festival. The two day event
I am going to start with an admission—I have a deep and varied past with the poetry of Harryette Mullen. Her masterpiece, Sleeping with the Dictionary, opened my eyes to so many possibilities in poetry. The experience I had is described best by her line, “I’ve been licked all over by the English tongue.”
“How I'd like to think is as words come. Instead I think how they go. Catch them as they recede. This is because my brain is in my head and not someone else's so thoughts are leaving from the get-go.
So I went to the west coast for a week on a mini tour. The first stop was Portland, OR, at Future Farm for a house reading with Jessalyn Wakefield, Seth Brown and Imogen Binnie. It’s been a few years since I’ve seen Jessalyn,