Kanye West, Poetic Subject?

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/26/books/review/mr-west-sarah-blakes-poems-about-kanye-west.html?_r=0 The cynic (or is it the realist?) may look at Sarah Blake’s first volume of poetry, “Mr. West,” with a skeptical eye toward its interest in pop culture: The book is about Kanye West. It is also about contemporary media, motherhood, appropriation, infatuation and race. But it is mainly about Kanye West. Yet neither […]

“Banks are the temples of America. This is a Holy War. Our Economy is our Religion…”

Columbia Stages in New York City presented the first staged adaption of the Hispanic American epic UNITED STATE OF BANANA by Hispanic American poet Giannina Braschi in June 2015 at Columbia University’s Schapiro Theater.  The mixed genre farce dramatizes 911 American psyche around the politics of empire and independence. The poet declares “Banks are the temples of […]

beer-battered fish and poetry

About 50 illustrious writers gathered in the basement of the Breslin at Ace Hotel on Tuesday night for an evening of fried chicken, beer-battered fish and poetry. The guests included rocker-writer Patti Smith and guitarist Lenny Kaye; poets Louise Glück and Natasha Trethewey; novelists Amy Tan, Colm Tóibín and Colum McCann; and “Top Chef” star […]