August 25: Subway cars, winter cranes and personal theatre

Rudy Fearon

The evening, hosted by Rudy Fearon, featured two women and one tall man with  markedly different delivery and style, who still touched on many of the same philosophical questions.

Each reader explored both broad and personal histories while confronting uncertainty and change.

Is impermanence a bird or a subway car?

– Stephen Humphrey

Kiki Mahy

Kiki Mahy sang and spoke her way through a set of emotionally charged poems which explored personal struggles and urban alienation. She also tackled the difficult  job of how to write about sex.

Kiki has this to say about what she does:

I wrote a poem a few years ago using fridge magnets.
Created a piece out of a series of random words.
That’s how life comes at me.
In a flash of random events and whispers.
I attempt to string together those seemingly unconnected moments through poetry.

Enjoy the day!

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Chris Banks

Chris Banks says his poetry is concerned with “the impermanence of our modern lives. How our identities are shaped by the past and the present, memory and experience, the physical and the metaphysical.”

Chris’s perspective seemed to evolve between his last poetry collection, The Cold Panes of Surfaces, which portrays impermanence as a kind of modern disease, and his newest manuscript Winter Cranes, which relates it to a bird. The histories his poems examine have shifted their scope from personal to universal.

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Monica Rosas

Mònica Rosas alternated between short form and epic. She began by delivering quixotic, haiku-like statements, before launching into a long, wide-ranging narrative about her complicated ancestry, backed by a Zimbabwean instrument called the mbira.

She ended with a couple of brief erotic poems, her nod to Cha Cha, a literary event she curates that celebrates women’s sexuality.

If I were to unravel my thumbprint
And you were to unlace yours,
We could tie them together
To thread a new lifeline
Into the knot of our past lives,
And give ourselves a new identity.

– Mònica Rosas

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Todd Simmons

Todd Simmons

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