Wednesday, April 5, 2017, 7 p.m.
Williams Center for the Arts
Plus the words of William Carlos Williams
and open readings from the floor
ANDREI CODRESCU’s new poetry book is The Art of Forgetting (Sheep Meadow Press, 2016). He is the author of poetry, fiction, and essays, and the founder of Exquisite Corpse: A Journal of Life & Letters (www.corpse.org). He has broadcast weekly essays for NPR since 1983, has received a Peabody award for his film Road Scholar, and reported for NPR and ABC News from Romania (1989) and Cuba (1996).
If I feel anything stronger than this
I might have to have something stronger than this.
Poison or a seizure or a slide down a forgotten insult
to the island where those things are building courage
to go out and be seen and easily become a nation.
That is, to quote the enemy, “any community that contains
in itself the ability to make war, is a nation.” If that
is still the case, and it mostly is, I want you to let me out
somewhere unsavory with a brown paper bag and a view.
There must still be some of those places.
Contact: John Barrale – firstname.lastname@example.org