Posit 18 up!

Greetings, and happy summer!

We’re delighted to announce the newest issue of Posit, featuring brand-new poetry and prose by Devon Balwit & Jeff Whitney, Laynie Browne, Shira Dentz, Ravitte Kentwortz, Rusty Morrison, Ryan Nowlin, Kwame Opoku-Duku, Jennifer Pilch, Jessica Lee Richardson, Stephanie Strickland, AJ Urquidi, and John Sibley Williams; text + image by Helen Hofling, and visual art by Dozier Bell, Tanya Marcuse, Sam Nhlengethwa, Julie Peppito, and Adams Puryear.

Don’t miss this one — it’s wonderful.

With thanks, as ever, for your interest and support.

Susan Lewis, Bernd Sauermann, Carol Ciavonne, and Melissa Stern

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New Poems!

3 Poems at Dispatches, Poetry Wars, June 2018 update:

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A series of June readings!

Friday, June 22 @7PM in The Silo Series at The Word Barn in Exeter, NH

Tuesday, June 26 @6:30PM  at Pete’s Candy Shop in Brooklyn, NY

Thursday, June 28 @6PM at The Book House at Stuyvesant Plaza in Albany, NY

 

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J’S Theater: Poems: Shira Dentz & Robert Hayden

by John Keene

I first saw some of Claude Monet‘s (1840-1926) “Waterlilies” paintings on a school trip to the Art Institute of Chicago when I was junior high school. The trip was memorable–and I have written about it, in condensed form, in Annotations–not just because of the visit to the art museum and my encounter with examples of some of the finest European art of the late 19th and early 20th century, but also because of an unexpected moment, when my classmates and I spied a sailor making love to his girlfriend in a nearby window. This was before cellphones or even inexpensive cameras (beyond Polaroids) and video cameras, so it was a scene that, like the water lilies, I and they committed to the sole repository available: memory.

I am not suggesting that I associate Monet’s “Waterlilies” paintings solely with this experience, but there is a sensuousness, a tinge of eros, in Monet’s great Impressionist series of flowers and water and light and space, the colors and brushstrokes vibrant and shifting, the Giverney landscapes so alive that the paintings themselves seem to come to life, casting a spell over the viewer.  Over the years I have been discussing and occasionally writing about visual art, I have encountered opposition about particular artists I love (Jean-Michel Basquiat, Andy Warhol, Lois Maillou Jones, Adrian M. S. Piper, etc.) and art works, like Marcel Duchamp‘s “Fountain” or Francis Bacon‘s portraits, but I have never heard a negative word about Monet’s water lilies. (I have read some critiques, of course.)

Today’s poems, then, summon Monet’s late masterpieces. The first poem is by Shira Dentz, a poet I have known since my 20s; my friend the fine poet Amy Lemmon introduced us. Shira is a gifted poet as well and the author of four books, including Door of Thin Skins (2012), my favorite and a formal hybrid that manages to surprise and delight from start to finish. Her “Monet” poem appears in her 2010 collection, Black Seeds on a White Dish, whose title, as the poem below make clear, is drawn from this poem.

continue reading here

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Bath House Journal Issue 18 launch: V I S C E R A

wayne koestenbaum    eric sneathen    anaïs duplan

patricia no    tracie morris    ariel goldberg

daisy atterbury    andrea brady    kelly hoffer

zan de parry    shira dentz    karmyn valentine

adam tedesco    dina no    amie zimmerman

bree gant        david kuhnlein

 

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A broadside of “scale” now available

Regular
Scale by Shira Dentz is a concrete poem that presents the letters S C A L E in a centered grid. This broadside is letterpress printed on White “Flurry” paper in an edition of 50 copies. Each is signed by the author and was issued at the event of her readeing at Wells College on March 20, 2018.
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Reading at Spotty Dog Book & Ale in Hudson, NY, on May 12th!

Saturday May 12th at 7PM. Free.

Spotty Dog Books & Ale

440 Warren Street, Hudson, NY

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Reading at Dutchess Community College this Thursday, 4/19/18

Anne Gorrick's photo.

PROCESS TO TEXT: SHIRA DENTZ & KATE HYMES

Washington Art Gallery at Dutchess Community College

53 Pendell Rd., Poughkeepsie, New York 12601

Thursday, April 19, 7PM

Free & open to the public

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North Adams, MA friends! Reading Sat., 4/14, at MCLA’s Design Lab!

Gray Comma Reading & Open Mic feat. Shira Dentz & Kathline Carr

Saturday April 14 at 7PM, MCLA’s Design Lab, 49 Main Street, North Adams, MA

The Gray Comma's photo.
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Reading at Thomas Cole National Site this Saturday, 4/7/18!

Kristin Prevallet, Mary-Kim Arnold, and I will be reading from new work at the Thomas Cole National Site on Saturday, April 7, 2018, at 4PM, in the St. Rocco’s Reading for The Hudson River School.  Admission is free

I’ll have copies of my new book, how do i net thee, for sale!

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