A lot has been happening here at the Good Neighbor and Sharon Arts and I have been falling asleep at the wheel. My sincerest apologies.
The past two weekends we have had some great events: David Kontak and his musical machines and Donlin & Jenny Foreman’s next-level dance performance! It’s just out of control, but in control.
Anyway, April is among us and the Good Neighbor is going local. We have three high school students who will be doing a reading. I have been working with them for the past two weeks and with two more workshops they will be on their way. It has been too much fun! Join us April 21st to get in on that action!
For the first time ever, we will be presenting a theatrical production of Wallace Shawn’s Obie Award-winning play, “The Fever,” featuring actor Jerry Levy. April 28th! You can find more info about that here: http://www.facebook.com/events/343001552400735/?ref=ts, or on our Theater page.
More more more to come. Pictures will be up soon! Stay active, support your friends, support the arts, be a local champion.
This year heralds the second annual Believer Poetry Award. As with the Book Award, each year the editors of the Believer select five poetry collections from the past year that they thought were the finest and most deserving of greater recognition. The finalists for the 2011 award appear below. The winner, along with responses from last month’s reader write-in survey, will appear in the May 2012 issue.
The Trees The Trees
by Heather Christle (Octopus Books)
The Trees The Trees is Heather Christle’s follow-up volume to her popular debut, The Difficult Farm. She presents sixty prose poems—center-justified, and without punctuation—written with minimalist diction and bare-bones sentence structure. Flirtatiously surreal chronicles of the slippage and blur of personal identity, Christle’s poems are constructed from apparently simple—often apparently disconnected—sentiments and observations to create miniature, vibrating kaleidoscopes of language. This is post-disillusionment poetry (unsettling references to the natural world are everywhere)—the poems occurring as flashing afterimages searching for their source.
AWP Chicago is going to happen next week, so here are some things about that:
On Thursday, March 1, from from 5-8 pm in the Harold Washington Library Authors Room (2 blocks from conference site) I’ll be reading for THIS. It is free, and it will also be the first place you can come and get a…
“Poetry should reach as many people as possible in as many ways as is possible—including on couches with a good beer in hand, and perhaps a cat or two. Whatever creates space for fellowship and language.”