waves & wavy
Greetings from Leo season and a Brooklyn post-heat waves.
I’m excited to share the recent release of my chaplet, wavy in its heat, which is part of Ghost City Press Summer Series.
The chaplet is composed of ten 10 x 10s—ten line poems with each line containing ten syllables—including this one:
what color’s the river today? (ii)
teal, inexactly -- foaming, waving through
my darkened lenses. the boat undulates
with it, bouncing as i scribble these lines.
again we approach the sand pile at
the navy yard, unmoved this saturday,
cranes stay unpulled, wheels unturned clouds in full
motion that whole area is up and
coming, lots of young people living there
so narrates the passenger to his in-
laws or parents, who are visitors too
It also features a gorgeous painting by Bix Archer, whose work I wrote about for the first edition of this newsletter:
[ID: Watery oil painting with a fly captured in a jar. The jar’s top is a red patterned bandana that has floated away. Also present is a gold key and a shoe one would do drag in, all different levels of submerged and floating.]
I’m also thrilled to have been Brooklyn Poets Poet of the Week this week, with an interview where I get to shout out the many Brooklyn Poets that have and will continue to shape me.
Earlier this month, Studio Museum hosted the last of a three part virtual series Conversations in the Commons that I’ve had the pleasure of facilitating for the last six months, inspired by Thomas J. Price’s exhibition Witness at Marcus Garvey Park in Harlem.
This final conversation (recording available here, along with a playlist and additional resources) was around monuments, and featured the brilliant Lisa Anderson and Imani Jacqueline Brown.
The next exquisites series is back at Art Cafe + Bar this September 1st at 6 pm, featuring E.R. Pulgar, Yasmina Martin, Toanga Leslie, Aris Kirby, Shane Dedman, and Madelyn Sundquist!
[ID: Dusty purple graphic of a close-up anatomical drawing features peach and white letters with reading details for the next exquisites.]
Also, join me and Remote Access for an Art Papers Issue Launch party on September 8th , in conversation with my essay “and we were dancing” and featuring a conversation between Levani and Kevin Gotkin/DJ Who Girl, and sets by a certain DJ Queer Shoulders. Register here!
[ID: A square image looks like the cover of the Summer 2022 issue of Art Papers. There is an image of a REMOTE ACCESS party, a Zoom gallery view of people holding their hands to the edges of their video boxes. A caption says “Magic is feeling proximity to others. Even when we aren’t really close at all.” It has a bright pink background with black text: ART PAPERS x REMOTE ACCESS / ISSUE PARTY LAUNCH / THURS. SEPT. 8, 8-9:30PM ET / SUMMER 2022 / New Commons / This is a Zoom-based gathering, featuring sets by DJ Queer Shoulders, a conversation between Levani & Kevin Gotkin, and an introduction to the issue.]
Keep taking care of eachother, let me know if you need anything,
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