August 17, 2011

Pop-Up Poets: Evan Kennedy on Marie Laurencin

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” Guillaume 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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