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‘The Poet is Inessential’: Alice Notley Reads from Negativity’s Kiss on KCRW’s ‘Bookworm’
Here it is! Alice Notley’s debut on KCRW’s boulevard of bookish-ness, “Bookworm:” a program hosted by the ever-inquisitive Michael Silverblatt. In this installment of “Bookworm,” Alice Notley (the great healer!) reads from her newest collection of poetry, Negativity’s Kiss, published by Presses Universitaires de Rouen and distributed in the U.S. by Small Press Distribution. She also discusses her life in France, her identity as an American poet, and provides a bit of background to her newest tome.
The heroine of Alice Notley’s noir epic poem Negativity’s Kiss (Presses Universitaires de Rouen) is named Ines. This is short for “inessential,” which is what Notley says the poet is, and, really, what we all are. She believes poetry is a great healer, and, wishing to remind us that our planet is small, when we die, poetry is what we return to. Ines writes poems that are emitted from what Notley calls “the garble,” which is all the information we receive through the media and the internet as opposed to our known senses. Ines, like Notley herself, wishes to use her poetry to make things better, but in the world of Notley’s noir, this isn’t possible.
Part interview, part poetry reading: this episode of “Bookworm” is a gem! Tune in at KCRW!