Thursday Notes

Elizabeth Alexander will give her first post-inauguration reading here in Atlanta at Emory University on Feb. 11. The free reading will be in Glenn Memorial Chapel starting at 6 p.m. There will be copies of "Praise Song for the Day" from Graywolf Press available. I'll be there to get mine signed. The vitriol over Alexander's poem in the blogosphere is distasteful and approaching the pathological. The reaction from some poets says more about them than it does Alexander's poem. I think Reb Livingston summed it up quite succinctly at her blog. And slide over to January O'Neil's wonderful blog to see the clip of Alexander cutting up on The Colbert Report.

The fabulous Cherryl Floyd-Miller will be reading from her recently-released collection, Exquisite Heats, on Saturday, Jan. 24, at 2 p.m. at Wordsmiths Books in Decatur. This is an incredible, unexpected collection and Cherryl is not to be missed. Get there if you can. She'll also be reading at Java Monkey Speaks on Sunday night at 8 p.m. and you can read your own work during the open mic. 

Things are happening behind the scenes on Conquering Venus. I'll be launching the blog for the novel in a week or so, and Vanilla Heart is going to make a promotional video that will be on the press site and on YouTube. The cover art is in the works, too.

Comments

christine said…
I love it when I visit your blog – I have my whole weekend planned out now, and my Feb. calendar is filling up.

Your Venus Rising blog sounds like it's going to be very entertaining. Can't wait.
Can you point me in the direction of some of the poets/bloggers that have not been kind to Elizabeth Alexander? I would like to read some of them.
Rethabile said…
Montgomery,
There are a few at the end of my post about Ms Alexander's poem. Some are in the comments section. Best
jaxx said…
i was watching the ceremony on hulu.com, and one of the commentators unbelievably kept talking over her as she began reading the poem. what an asshole! somebody must've given him the sign, because he shut up kind of abruptly. i hate it that poetry is such an afterthought in this country. i think alexander did a great job, myself.
Collin Kelley said…
MM...check Christopher Hennessy's blog. He had a number of links.

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Lisa Allender said…
Hi Coll. Great to know Ms. Alexander will be here in the ATL.I agree that some folks are incredibly rude towards her/her "Praise For The Day".
And how lovely Cherryl is going to be back in town!
poetwithadayjob said…
I <3 E.A.!!!

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