Sunday, March 24th seems like ages ago already and here I am slow to post the news about a truly awesome and pleasurable reading! Two powerhouses: Alli Warren and Simone White made of our Sunday afternoon a great treat.
|Simone White and Alli Warren|
photo: Kevin Killian
I've been following Alli's work for awhile, and although I've always enjoyed it, I have to say I was blown away by this reading. Her gifts are only increasing. I'm envious of the way Warren can bring together lyric and sonic pleasures and social critique in language that continues to stretch and bend, subverting predictability. Her ear is attuned to the plastic pleasures and power of sound. I can't wait for her City Lights book to come out later this year.
Read two poems by Alli here!
Simone read second and she too wowed us, reading poems that unfold with a specific form of luxury--long lines, extended syntax, one that might suddenly snap, and catch you off guard; White's new poems called out to us. As always her work is witty in its complex exploration of race, racism, relation, language. She treated us to a poem called "Was Old Lion, or, on the Camino Trail," a playful meditation on and homage to cat-love. Simone has shared poems from House Envy of the All the World with Xpoetics readers before; check them out here. Her new chapbook, Unrest, from Ugly Duckling Press is now available here! Don't miss it.
Click here to read one of the poems Simone read on March 24th; It is entitled "Comment."