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.

Originally Published: September 20th, 2009

Born and raised in New York City, Rebecca Wolff earned an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She authored Manderley (2001), selected for the 2001 National Poetry Series; Figment (2004), winner of the Barnard Women Poets Prize; The King (2009); and One Morning— (2015). Her work has appeared in BOMB...

  1. September 21, 2009
     Joel Brouwer

    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.

  2. September 21, 2009
     Eric

    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.

  3. September 21, 2009
     Incognito

    Wow, that is impressive.

  4. September 21, 2009
     Rebecca Wolff

    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.

  5. September 21, 2009
     John Oliver Simon

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

    i thought they were\r
    wind chimes\r
    in the streets at night\r

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

    Ponies Ponies Ponies\r

    (the young horse becomes\r
    a funny sounding\r
    word)\r

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

    The Underground Horses\r
    are rising\r

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

    the young horses\r
    will return your land to you\r

    to purify the land\r
    with their tears\r

    The Underground Horses\r
    are rising\r
    to tell their fathers\r

    "in the streets at night\r
    the bells of Cherokee ponies\r
    are weeping."

  6. September 21, 2009
     EricD

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

  7. September 21, 2009
     Tom Harr

    Bill Knott comments on the "impressive" number of readings she gives:\r

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

  8. September 22, 2009
     Janet

    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.