LIVE: The Matthew Shipp Trio @ the Arts Center of the Capital Region, 4/1/10, Take Two

April 8th, 2010, 12:01 pm by Greg

Matthew Shipp

Matthew Shipp

Inspired by Matthew Shipp’s April 1, 2010 performance in Troy, NY.

(for Matthew Shipp)
by Jason Crane

Matthew has to force his hands
back down to the piano
stop them from floating away
maybe from carrying him away, too

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RIP: Jim Carroll, 1949-2009

September 14th, 2009, 10:28 am by Greg

He wrote “The Basketball Diaries,” his autobiography about sex, drugs and basketball as a NYC teenager.

When he published his mainstream collection of poems, “Living at the Movies,” in 1973 at the age of 22, Ted Berrigan declared “Jim Carroll is the first truly new American poet,” and Larry Rivers’ artwork adorned the cover.

As a rock musician, he shot into the limelight with the song, “People Who Died.”

On Friday, September 11, Jim Carroll died in his NYC apartment while working at his desk.

“Little Ode on St. Anne’s Day”
by Jim Carroll, from “Living at the Movies”

You’re growing up
and rain sort of remains
on the branches of a tree
that will someday rule the earth.

and that’s good
that there’s rain
it clears the month
of your sorry rainbow expressions

and clears the streets
of the silent armies…

so we can dance

Update: Marty Benjamin just sent along two photos that you can view here.

Be Here Now: Word X Word Festival, Pittsfield, 8/17-22/09

August 13th, 2009, 1:35 pm by Greg

Celebrate the word!

Beginning Monday, August 17, the 2009 Word X Word Festival does just that, celebrating the word in all of its written, spoken and sung glory.

It’s the first-ever week-long celebration of word performance in Pittsfield, Mass. featuring over 50 emerging and established songwriters, poets, comedians, spoken word artists, National Poetry Slam Champions, bands, actors, writers and whatever else ya got.

Barrington Stage Company’s Stage 2 plays host to Monday’s opening event bash headlined by the Low Anthem, the Providence trio whose brilliant debut album was re-released this summer by Nonesuch Records as “Oh My God Charlie Darwin.” (Nippertown fans will recall that they playing The Egg back in April as Ray LaMontagne’s opening act.) Joining the Low Anthem in Pittsfield will be David Dondero and Taylor Mali.

Other fest events of particular note include Jesse Harris with Audrey Ryan and Michelle Lewis on Wednesday, August 19 and Ari Hest, Mieka Pauley, Noam Weinstein and Dean Fields on Saturday, August 22. Both shows take place at the Mission Bar and Tapas.

All-festival passes are available, as well as tickets to individual festival events. Note, however, that while passes and tickets are supposed to guarantee admission, they do not guarantee seating, which is on a first-come, first-seated basis.

Poetry alfresco

July 9th, 2009, 4:40 pm by Greg

Amongst the trees and leaves of grass, the Poetry in the Park summer reading series returns to Albany’s Washington Park on the next three Saturday evenings. Hosted by Dan Wilcox, the readings will take place at the Robert Burns statue (near Willett and Hudson) at 7pm, and of course, admission is free.

Here’s the line-up of performing poets:

July 11: Mary Kathryn Jablonski and Randall Horton

July 18: LisaAnn LoBasso and Tom Nicotera

July 25: Lori Desrosiers and George Wallace

The Social Justice Center at 33 Central Ave. is the rain location. Poets in the Park is sponsored by the Poetry Motel Foundation and the Hudson Valley Writers Guild.

Song of Myself, and you…

May 24th, 2009, 9:48 am by Sara

“I celebrate myself, and sing myself,
And what I assume you shall assume,
For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you.

I loafe and invite my soul,
I lean and loafe at my ease … observing a spear of summer grass.”

Celebrate the 190th anniversary of the birth of the great American poet Walt Whitman with a public (and participatory) reading of his epic classic, “Song of Myself.” Presented by the fine folks at the Poetry Motel Foundation and the Hudson Valley Writers Guild,  Nippertown poets and poetry fans will gather together at the Robert Burns statue in Albany’s Washington Park at 6pm Sunday, May 31. Listen or read a section of the poem yourself at the free, rain-or-shine event.


May 3rd, 2009, 9:52 am by Sara

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