WCW – Arthur Russell

Wednesday, March 1, 2017, 7 p.m.

Williams Center for the Arts

Plus the words of William Carlos Williams
and open readings from the floor


ARTHUR RUSSELL lives in Nutley, New Jersey, where he works as a lawyer. He is the winner of both Providence Fine Arts Work Center and Syracuse University fellowships as well as Brooklyn Poets’ YAWP Poem of the Year for 2015 and YAWPER of the Year for 2016. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in the Paterson Literary Review, Prelude, Yellow Chair Journal, Muse-Pie Press, Shot Glass Journal, Brooklyn Poetry Anthology (2017), the Red Wheelbarrow #9, and Wilderness House Literary Review.


Knock, knock. The vestibule light goes dark.
Then the porch light goes out.

Behind the door
the scrape of a butane lighter wheel
and the little hiss of gas.

God is a shut-in
who turns off the lights
to make you think no one is home

and then stands just inches away
in the dark, smoking a cigarette.

Contact: John Barrale – john.barrale@gmail.com

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