Pop-Up Poets: Evan Kennedy on Marie Laurencin

This summer we’re enjoying a special poets-in-the-galleries series, organized by Small Press Traffic. Inspired by The Steins Collect, the series honors writer Gertrude Stein and her relationships with the visual artists of her day. Each Thursday evening in July and August a poet gives a reading, talk, or performance about an artist or artwork on view. Last week Evan Kennedy talked about Marie Laurencin:

Evan Kennedy with Marie Laurencin’s Apollinaire and His Friends, 1908

Evan Kennedy, Untitled. During Evan’s reading, as he evoked the “soldier-poet” Guillame Apollinaire, actors with mustaches and bandaged heads emerged from the audience and, miming the suffering of soldiers, silently moved through the crowd. We had a momentary audio-recording glitch: Evan’s piece begins, “I’m pleased to have the opportunity tonight to address not one but two Guillaume Apollinaires, and all of you. It is my interest to move ahead from these portraits a few years or so to World War I, as it is absent from Stein’s writing and this exhibition …”

Evan Kennedy is the author of Us Them Poems (BookThug). His work has appeared in Try!, The Equalizer, Tight, Poetry Project’s The Recluse, and The Brooklyn Rail. A full-length collection, Shoo-Ins to Ruin, is forthcoming from Gold Wake Press. He oversees Dirty Swan Projects out of San Francisco.

Tomorrow night: Brent Cunningham on Hanne Darboven’s 51 Drawings.

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