It was T.S. Eliot who noticed it first, that “April is the cruellest month” or at least he was the first one to bother writing it down. From “The Waste Land“:
“April is the cruellest month, breeding Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing Memory and desire, stirring Dull roots with spring rain…”
For the first time in years I missed a month. Usually I get at least one post up per month and I just noticed missing April. Here are some scenes from May before life rushes by and I don’t notice it happening or bother to comment on it here.
Looks like I’ll be reading at the MoMA on April 20th
Transform The World! Poetry Must Be Made by All!
Saturday, April 20, 2013, 3:00–4:00 p.m. The Alfred H. Barr, Jr. Painting and Sculpture Galleries, fourth floor
Barbara Morgan. Martha Graham, Celebration. 1937. Gelatin silver print, 19 x 15 7/16"
Here’s info from the MoMA site:
In celebration of National Poetry Month The Museum of Modern Art presents Transform The World! Poetry Must Be Made by All! For a full hour, the galleries come alive with the sounds of spoken word, as poets read their own works and those of others. The poets, ranging from emerging to established, from conventional to experimental, demonstrate and celebrate the broad range of American poetry today amid great works of postwar modern art in the Museum’s collection. This event is organized by poet Kenneth Goldsmith as part of the Artists Experiment initiative.
Thanks to all the lovelies at Belladonna for inviting me to participate. Full event details here.
This Library Journal thing happened, which is very cool. We’ve been named Movers & Shakers for 2012. They shouted out Mandy, Michael & I but obviously, the library is the glorious manifestation of the hard work of everyone who’s helped build The People’s Library and kept it going through the winter. Mad props to everybody who ever helped out. And thank you, Library Journal for noticing.
Also, it’s National Poetry Month. I’ve got a few poems out in this month’s Brooklyn Rail.