U.S. POET LAUREATE KAY RYAN INTRODUCES YOU TO THREE OF HER FAVORITE POETS
Tue, Feb 3, 8:15 PM, $19
($10 for anyone 35 and under)
Kay Ryan, Poet Laureate and author of Niagara River, carries on a 92Y Unterberg Poetry Center tradition by presenting three talented, emerging poets at different stages in their careers, in an event called The Tenth Muse. Ryan’s choices are: Kevin McFadden, whose poems in Hardscrabble “spring off the page like Olympic athletes,” according to former New York Times contributor David Kirby; Atsuro Riley, whose work has appeared in McSweeney’s, Poetry magazine, and The Threepenny Review; and Sarah Lindsay, author of three volumes of poetry, including, most recently, Twigs and Knucklebones.
“The three poets I have selected don’t overlap much, except in their fierce intelligence and unswerving dedication to language,” says Kay Ryan. “Sarah Lindsay is the story teller. Her narratives are as hypnotic and sinuous as jungle snakes, always gorgeous and sometimes poison. Kevin Mc Fadden is the prankster. His poems are most obviously brilliant fractal toys, but they are also vehicles of thought and feeling. And Atsuro Riley is the singer. His linked poems sing up a world, Southern and sweat slickened, that you feel with your skin. I don’t know how poems can be at once so strenuously crafted and so voluptuous and tendrilly.”
OTHER FEB. EVENTS
Thu, Feb 5, 8 pm, $19 ($10 for anyone 35 and under, subject to availability)
READING SERIES – Czech Counterpoints: LEOŠ JANÁČEK AND MILAN KUNDERA
With members of the Cleveland Orchestra
Czech author Milan Kundera, who turns 80 in April 2009, has always felt an affinity for his countryman Leoš Janáček. In celebration of Mr. Kundera’s birthday and in exploration of this kinship, actors read excerpts from Kundera’s writings and members of the Cleveland Orchestra perform selections from Janáček’s music.
Mon, Feb 9, 8 pm, $19 ($10 for anyone 35 and under, subject to availability)
READING SERIES – T.C. BOYLE AND JAYNE ANNE PHILLIPS
T.C. Boyle’s stories are “artifacts of psychic aberrance, lampoons fashioned in shadow and void, and they fill the reader (as they are intended to do) with the giddy nausea of our cultural and theological confusions,” wrote novelist Lorrie Moore. Boyle is the author of more than 19 works of fiction, including The Road to Wellville, Drop City, Table Talk and, most recently, The Women (Feb 2009; Viking). Jayne Anne Phillips is “the best short story writer since Eudora Welty,” wrote Nadine Gordimer. Her books include Black Tickets, Machine Dre ams, Fast Lanes, Shelter and her latest, Lark and Termite (Jan 2009; Knopf).
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