The Week Poets Walked Among Us
Poets. Poetry insiders. Poetry buffs. You don’t always notice them, but they are out there, crossing the street, buying coffee, traveling incognito.
They resist and occupy. This week continues to be a nail-biter for the radical librarians in Zuccotti Park, as the Occupy Wall Street reckons with Mayor Bloomberg and the NYPD. But the movement’s poetry arm celebrated a major success as it released its much-anticipated anthology.
They’ve got techniques dripping out their butt cheeks (quoth Biggie Smalls) Ask Dorothea Lasky, or read her thoughts on her kinship with the late Christopher Wallace, a/k/a The Notorious B.I.G, a/k/a The Black Frank Wright, a/k/a Biggie. It’ll make your mouthpiece obese like Della Reese.
They write like white guys. And sometimes they write thinkpieces as engaging as this one, from Jaswinder Bolina.
They read, they write, they relocate, they repeat. But it looks like the travels of our friends at the Read/Write Library (f/k/a Chicago Underground Library) are over for now - it recently warmed its new digs in Humboldt Park, and the NYT stopped in for cheese cubes.