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By Rebecca Wolff

Back from reading at Cleveland State University on Thursday. It was hard to follow Kate Greenstreet–she has the most ingratiatingly nearsighted stage presence. You really feel as though she is speaking to you–Because she is! In various deft registers of notation and declamation and preoccupation. She’s on this massive, amazing, awe-inspiring reading tour. Please go see her if she’s coming to a venue near you and I bet she is.

Comments (8)

  • On September 21, 2009 at 6:43 am Joel Brouwer wrote:

    That’s massive all right. I wonder if she’s writing new poems as she drives from place to place. Because who could stand to hear themselves read the same poem fifty nights in a row?! I’d totally start heckling myself around day five.

  • On September 21, 2009 at 7:18 am Eric wrote:

    I heard Greenstreet read one time, and although I thought her poems were very interesting I didn’t think she was very good as a reader. She read too shyly and quietly and it was heard to hear her. I have a copy of her book Case Sensitive though and I really like it. Looking forward to getting her new book soon.

  • On September 21, 2009 at 7:47 am Incognito wrote:

    Wow, that is impressive.

  • On September 21, 2009 at 8:53 am Rebecca Wolff wrote:

    Well I guess to each his own, vis a vis reading styles, but I wonder if she’s evolved quite a bit as a reader since you heard her, as I would not say that she comes across as shy or quiet now. Rather introverted in the most extro manner I’ve ever seen.

  • On September 21, 2009 at 10:00 am John Oliver Simon wrote:

    Cleveland, forever haunted by the poetic genius and martyrdom of d.a. levy (1942-1968):

    i thought they were
    wind chimes
    in the streets at night

    with my young eyes
    i looked to the east
    and the distant ringing
    of ghost ponies
    rose from the ground

    Ponies Ponies Ponies

    (the young horse becomes
    a funny sounding
    word)

    i looked to the east
    seeking buddhas to
    justify those bells
    weeping in the darkness

    The Underground Horses
    are rising

    Cherokee, Delaware, Huron
    we will return your land to you

    the young horses
    will return your land to you

    to purify the land
    with their tears

    The Underground Horses
    are rising
    to tell their fathers

    “in the streets at night
    the bells of Cherokee ponies
    are weeping.”

  • On September 21, 2009 at 10:46 am EricD wrote:

    Richard Howard was a Cleveland guy, right? And Franz Wright has got a book on Cleveland Poets Series. Is he Cleveland?

  • On September 21, 2009 at 11:56 am Tom Harr wrote:

    Bill Knott comments on the “impressive” number of readings she gives:

    http://knottprosepo.blogspot.com/2009/09/this-is-impressive-httpwww.html

  • On September 22, 2009 at 11:06 am Janet wrote:

    I toured with her when she was promoting her last book; she continually writes & evolves. And she doesn’t do the same reading every night.


Posted in Uncategorized on Sunday, September 20th, 2009 by Rebecca Wolff.