Imagine it Thick / in Your Own Hair

HEIDE HATRY Imagine It Thick In Your Own Hair A benefit exhibition and silent auction of work by numerous artists for victims of the oil spill Through August 1, 2010 Reception and Silent Auction on Thursday July 22nd 6 – 9 pm (Bidding ends on July 22nd at 8 pm) Performances after 8pm: Lutz Rath, will perform the first movement of Kurt Schwitters’ Ursonate Nicole Peyrafitte, will sing stanzas using … Read more Imagine it Thick / in Your Own Hair

Oracles of Things Seen

Having been asked about important poetry benchmarks of 1971 by Rachel Levitsky, the first two things that popped into mind were the death of Paul Blackburn, and the publication of a book that, for me, was a major entrance  into the poetry and poetics of Robert Kelly, namely FLESH DREAM BOOK (Black Sparrow Press, o.p.). I pulled the book off the shelves to check the date and it was … Read more Oracles of Things Seen

"Would you want an idea for a friend?"

This morning Charlotte Mandell reminds us of an interview Brad Morrow did with Robert Kelly back in 1987 and that is now available in the Conjunctions website’s archives. It is quite a treat — & here is one of the bits I liked specially: MORROW: You must be aware of Pound’s dictum that all a writer’s thoughts can be gathered onto half a page, and the rest is simply … Read more "Would you want an idea for a friend?"

Robert Kelly on Brooklyn (4 & final)

CITY AS PILGRIMAGE (continued…) Even before the monastery, I happened on what struck me as peculiar, in this very ordinary neighborhood of dry cleaners and groceries and funeral parlors – an actual bookstore.  The kind that sold used books.  My treasures.  The fact that most of the books were in German makes it clear now what it meant to have an educated lower middle class that read books.  Germany … Read more Robert Kelly on Brooklyn (4 & final)

Robert Kelly on Brooklyn (3)

CITY AS PILGRIMAGE (continued…) After the movies,  a hot potato knish, square as a stiff cushion, peppery, greasy fingers you could lick after the main dish, a delicate aftertaste.  A good cure for memories.  A good banishment of sentimentality.  Lick the salt, lick the skin.  And then go left again, down to the end of Pitkin Avenue. Hopkinson was an open side street,  but most of the side streets … Read more Robert Kelly on Brooklyn (3)

Robert Kelly on Brooklyn (2)

CITY AS PILGRIMAGE (continued…) East:  Sunrise, the highway to the book I would set out, down the four steps cement steps of Mrs. Shevlin’s house where we rented our apartment, cross the little cement patio, turn left. Pass the stoop where Loretta sometimes stood, the Polish girl next door, innocent slinky and pretty and sad with acne.  Pass the ever-open Italian social and athletic club where old men, never … Read more Robert Kelly on Brooklyn (2)

Robert Kelly on Brooklyn (1)

CITY AS PILGRIMAGE by Robert Kelly You don’t live in a city. You live across it.  Or athwart it, or through it.  You live through a city, and the routes of your travel are mapped by your own compulsions, infatuations, dreads.  Your sense of identity,  your sense of the task that lies before you, your work, the enterprise that the city will shape.  Your whole nature inscribes a Milky … Read more Robert Kelly on Brooklyn (1)

Serializing Robert Kelly on Brooklyn

It is just five months now that I call Brooklyn home, though given the nomadicity of teaching at Albany & traveling nearly weekly elsewhere for readings or conferences, I’ve barely had the time to savor living in Yellow Hook, aka Bay Ridge — except of course for the long walks along the Narrows from the 69th street pier to the Verrazano Bridge (2.4 miles, one-way) with Nicole when we … Read more Serializing Robert Kelly on Brooklyn

Robert Kelly @ Zinc

Caught Robert Kelly last night reading at the Zinc Bar — but unhappily I had to miss most of Kimberley Lyons’ reading (those reworkings of Shakespearean sonnets were terrific, Kim!) as I had an appointment uptown. Here is an extract of the Kelly reading, the opening section consisting of parts from a “Letter to Jennifer Moxley.” RK-LetterMoxley1 Interestingly also, this morning Mark Twaithe on his excellent ReadySteadyBooks blog points … Read more Robert Kelly @ Zinc

May Day by Robert Kelly

In 2007 Parsifal Press in Toronto published Robert Kelly’s May Day, his most recent selection of  shorter poems (written between 2003 and 2005). Unhappily Parsifal Press has gone out of business. Happily Charlotte Mandell has just put up a pdf of May Day on her site — you can read the complete book here. Below, to whet your appetite, I reprint the first poem in the book (minus 3 … Read more May Day by Robert Kelly