READING BY WRITERS MAY 20th 2014

READING BY WRITERS TUESDAY MAY 20, 7:00 p.m. to When We Finish.

Violinist Mary Scallen and Flutist Jim Miller perform from 7:00 to 7:30 to welcome the audience.

At 7:30 Featured readers are:

CASS DALGLISH, poet and fiction writer, wrote television news and documentaries as a broadcast journalist. Her books include NIN, Spinsters Ink; SWEETGRASS, a Minnesota Book Award finalist; and HUMMING THE BLUES, Calyx Books. Her book length prose poem is the jazz interpretation of the Sumerian cuneiform signs in Enheduanna’s Song to Inanna, Ancient Iraq, 2350 BCE. Cass was an invited speaker at the post museum session of conference Innana – Live at the British Museum in London. The recipient of many fine awards, she serves as Director of the Augsburg College Creative Writing Program.

MARY ANN GROSSMANN began her career at United Press International in Minneapolis, and moved to Dispatch-Pioneer Press, where she has been women’s editor, fashion editor, women’s columnist, assistant features editor, and books editor since 1983. Recipient of Minnesota Book Awards KAY SEXTON AWARD and TWIN CITIES NEWSPAPER GUILD PAGE ONE AWARD, past president of MINNESOTA REVIEWS, and editor with late husband of four MINNESOTA and WISCONSIN ALMANACS. A life-long Saint Paulite, Mary Ann lives in Cherokee Heights in a money-pit Victorian house that she says “…will keep me at my desk until I die”. She adds, “I have been working at the newspaper so long that everyone in Saint Paul looks familiar to me.”

MIRIAM KARMEL, widely published in numerous publications including BELLEVIEW LITERATY REVIEW; WATER-STONE REVIEW; PEARL DUST & FIRE, PASSAGER; and JEWISH WOMEN’S LITERARY ANNUAL. She is the recipient of MINNESOTA MONTHLY Tamarack Award for her short story, THE QUEEN OF LOVE. Her story THE KING OF MARVIN GARDENS, was included in Milkweed Edition’s FICTION ON A STICK. Her first novel, BEING ESTHER, Milkweed Editions, was published in 2013.

JEANNE LUTZ, poet, grew up on a dairy farm in southern Minnesota, attended the National University of Ireland, Galway, earned her B.A. in English from St Catherine University, spent two years in Tokyo, and lives in Saint Paul. Finalist in the 2013 LOFT MENTOR SERIES FOR POETRY, her work can be seen regularly at LIEF MAGAZINE. Poet Ethan McKiernan says, “Jeanne is a poet of comic irony and a ferociously large imagination. Her poems gallop with inventiveness, inviting the reader to ride along……we leave her work hungry for more.”

MARGARET SHRYER, whose first play KATHARINA von BORA, Runaway Nun, was published in 2013. She performed this one woman show about the wife of Martin Luther at the 2013 Minneapolis Fringe Festival and at Raven Theatre in Chicago in April, 2014. She continues to meet with her writing group (USSS) and is currently researching the life of Abigail Adams. Stay tuned.

FAITH SULLIVAN is the author of eight novels, among them THE CAPE ANN and GARDENIAS. The eighth work, GOOD NIGHT MR. WODEHOUSE, will be published by Milkweed Editions in 2015. Sullivan is also the author of countless brilliant articles and essays. Faith serves on the Board of the Loft Literary Center, which she calls her “home away from home.”

MAY LEE-YANG, playwright, poet, prose writer, performance artist, whose theater-based work includes CONFESSIONS OF A LAZY HMONG; TEN REASOS WHY I’D BE BAD PORN STAR; STIR-FRIED POP CULTURE, and more. Her work has been produced by Mu Performing Arts, Intermedia Arts, MN Fringe Festival, National Asian American Theater Festival, and more. She is the author of the children’s book THE IMAGINARY DAY, MN Humanities Center, and has been widely published in numerous prestigious anthologies. She has received grants and fellowships from the Minnesota State Arts Board, the National Performance Network, the Midwestern Voices and Visions Residency Award, the Playwright Center, the Loft Literary Center, and is 2011 Bush Leadership Fellowship winner.

Readings last just about one hour. Readers will bring books – we have a great book sales table – and will autograph. .

Every Third Tuesday Public At Saint Paul presents: Saint Paul Poet Laureate CAROL CONNOLLY Hosts READING BY WRITERS – free and open to everyone – at the historic University Club Saint Paul 420 Summit Avenue.

Members and Non members are welcome and invited for the optional 5:00 dinner, not connected to the performance, but reservations are necessary – 651-22-1751

Bar is open before, during and after the 7:30 reading…

John Tottenham REGRETS

REGRETS

I don’t understand people
who claim that they have no regrets in life;
who insist, out of gratitude, pride or ignorance,
that they wouldn’t want to change a thing.
My life is a raging river of regret, flowing
into a sea of shame. There is very little
I wouldn’t do differently if given a second chance.
I always knew I’d end up feeling this way:
It was a setup. Regret was something
I worked towards, something I felt I had to earn.
And now, naturally, I regret that too.

After many years of resistance, John Tottenham finally sold out to the lucrative, fast-paced world of poetry. He is the author of The Inertia Variations, an epic cycle on the subject of work-avoidance, indolence and failure. His final collection of poetry, Antiepithalamia & Other Poems of Regret and Resentment, a sequence of mean-spirited love poems with particular respect paid to the institution of marriage, was published by Penny-Ante Press in October 2012.

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He is also an old-fashioned paint and brushes man, whose paintings and drawings have been exhibited at galleries in Los Angeles and New York. His last solo show was at the Rosamund Felsen gallery in July, 2012.

http://johntottenham.com/2012/11/10/regrets/

Jake hits one outta da park

April 19, 2014 · 8:09 PM by Jacob Bacharach

Jacob Bacharach

Jacob Bacharach

Mundus et Infans

“They were there for a discreet, invitation-only summit hosted by the Obama administration to find common ground between the public sector and the so-called next-generation philanthropists, many of whom stand to inherit billions in private wealth.” –The New York Times

If Piketty is to be believed

the rate of wealth accumulation, labeled

r, will in fact inevitably exceed

the rate of growth; thus are the rich enabled

to pass their filthy riches on to their

unencumbered offspring, whose vocation

is to be an unearned billionaire,

buying and spending unearned veneration.

Charity is fine. Philanthropy

is surplus value’s subtle marketing,

minor heat loss in the form of piety.

Yo, muse; shit’s fucked and bullshit; this I sing:

what is the point of having an election

when The New York Times has got a Styles section?

Nina Cassian reads

Epilogue

Between the sun and me 
there is a veil of quietude 
which protects my eyes 
from the scratch of light 
which spares my being 
from the blister of knowledge 
which allows my self 
to breathe undisturbed. 

So now the war is over 
and now the love is over: 
How beautiful the death 
well prepared in advance.
Renée Annie Cassian-Matasar (Nina Cassian), 
born Galati, Romania 27 November 1924, 
died New York 14 April 2014.

LISTEN

Good Friday Blue

Emilio DeGrazia…

After catechism, Communion, Confirmation,
The hardening of trust into truth,
We expected rain Good Friday afternoons.

No baseball then, no playing in streets,
No kicking the can, no
Playing robbers or war
Those painful hours from noon to three.

In those days we always saw the evidence: Rain,
A steady stream of punishment,
The Holy Spirit’s drizzle descending like ash,
Or wayward bursts, big as water balloons,
Dropped from passing clouds
Flying in formation overhead,
A certain proof of God.

Today, that April day again
When the only gospel is the same old news,
The dying still goes on.
But the sky is faultlessly blue,
An Easter sky ahead of its times,
One more kind of progress to endure.
In such skies one famous old death
Happened once and for all,
But new ones everywhere provide
Too much cause to agonize.

POETRY READING 2014 April 15 BLY, SMITH, MANFRED, JENKINS

On Tuesday April 15, 2014 Public Art St Paul Presents

CAROL CONNOLLY hosts READING BY WRITERS

at the historic University Club Saint Paul, 420 Summit Avenue

www.universityclubofstpaul.com 651-222-1751

MEMBERS and NON-MEMBERS are invited for

5:00 Dinner – optional – on your own. Reservations necessary.

Bar is open before, during and after the 7:30 reading.

7:00 P.M. Prelude music by violinist Mary Scallen and flutist Jim Miller.

On Tuesday April 15, 2014, 7:30, our featured readers are:

ROBERT BLY is rightly said to be the most significant American poet of our time. Early on, he launched the influential magazines THE FIFTIES; THE SIXTIES; THE SEVENTIES, and in his long and remarkable career, authored more than forty volumes of poems. Poet James Lenfestey says of Bly, “…poet, critic, social transformer, teacher, editor and translator, Bly has been invited to perform, read, recite and speak all over the world…. always drawing vast crowds.” Poet Lewis Hyde says of Bly’s antiwar poetry, which engaged only in mental combat, “I deeply believe that there are men and women my age who are alive today…” because of Robert Bly’s work in the sixties.”

THOMAS R. SMITH is the author of six books of poems, most recently THE FOOT OF THE RAINBOW and WAKING BEFORE DAWN, both from Red Dragonfly Press. He is editor ofAIRMAIL: THE LETTERS OF ROBERT BLY and TOMAS TRANSTROMER, Graywolf Press. Smith’s poems have been featured on Garrison Keillor’s public radio program THE WRITER’S ALMANAC and in Ted Kooser’s AMERICAN LIFE IN POETRY newspaper column. Smith lives in River Falls, Wisconsin, and teaches poetry at the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis. He posts poems and blogs at www.thomasrsmithpoet.com.

FREYA MANDRED, poet, whose 6th book of poetry, SWIMMING WITH A HUNDRED YEAR OLD SNAPPING TURTLE, Red Dragonfly Press, won the 2009 Midwest Bookseller’s Choice Award for Poetry. THE BLUE DRESS, is her latest chapbook. A longtime Midwesterner who has also lived on both coasts, her poetry has appeared in over 100 reviews/magazines and over 40 anthologies. Her memoir, FREDERICK MANFRED, A DAUGHTER REMEMBERS, was nominated for a Minnesota Book Award and an Iowa Historical Society Award. Robert Bly says, “What I like in her poems is that they are not floating around in the air or the intellect. The body takes them in. They are brave…” Novelist Philip Roth says, “Freya Manfred always startles me by how close she gets to everything she sees. That’s her tough luck, but it makes her a wonderful poet.” Freya lives in Stillwater with screenwriter Thomas Pope. Their sons, artists Nicholas Bly Pope and Ethan Rowan Pope, have illustrated some of her poetry.

LOUIS JENKINS most recent book is TIN FLAG: NEW AND SELECTED PROSE POEMS,: from Will o’ the Wisp books, 2013. Recently, he and MARK RYLANCE, actor and former director of the Globe Theatre, London, co-wrote a stage production titled NICE FISH, based on Mr. Jenkins poems. The play premiered April 6, 2013 at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis and ran through May 18, 2013.

Readings last only one hour. Readers will have books to sell and sign at our well managed book sales table.

Foraging for Wood on the Mountain

Jack Gilbert 1925 – 2012

The wild up here is not creatures, wooded,
tangled wild. It is absence wild.
Barren, empty, stone wild. Worn-away wild.
Only the smell of weeds and hot air.
But a place where differences are clear.
Between the minds severity and its harshness.
Between honesty and the failure of belief.
A man said no person is educated who knows
only one language, for he cannot distinguish
between his thought and the English version.
Up here he is translated to a place where it is
possible to discriminate between age and sorrow.

 

– from The Great Fires: Poems, 1982-1992 by Jack Gilbert