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The Atwater Poetry Project: 3 Poets, 1 Novelist

Posted by Kim / May 11, 2007

20070511atwaterpoetry5.jpgYesterday, the Atwater Library hosted its last installment of the Atwater Poetry Project for the season. The evening was a little late too start, but by the time it did begin, the few people who had gathered to hear poets Sina Queyras, Sonnet L'Abbe, Ida Borjel and novelist Andrzej Tichy read their work aloud were not disappointed.

20070511atwaterpoetry2.jpgI must point out that the profession of poet is neither glamorous nor awe-inspiring. This was made painfully clear right at the beginning of the night. Very few people showed up to the reading, which is unfortunate, because even the one or two non-poets in the room ended up appreciating the adept, and often, humorous pieces from both Sina Queyras and Sonnet L’Abbe. Queyras meekly read from her newest collection of prose poetry, Lemon Hound, lightening her feminist piece on Virginia Woolf’s To The Lighthouse with a poem listing the various places and objects she has had sex in and with. L’Abbe also brought levity to the room by placing a lament for her ass (never will I look at two Boston Creams the same way again) in between more serious and sound-driven pieces like her ghazals on utterances (read “Oh”).

The two Swedish writers, Ida Borjel and Andrzej Tichy, offered an international flair, reading their work in both Swedish and English. Both also seemed more interested in the prose approach, creating lists of fantastic sounds and images that interplayed with one another.

20070511atwaterpoetry3.jpgWhile a veritable slew of “celebrity” poets (Mary DiMichele, Jon Paul Fiorentino and Erin Mouré) were in attendance, I have to admit to being disappointed in the low numbers that showed up. I certainly hope a city as literary and creative as this one pays more attention in the fall when the Poetry Project starts up again.

Atwater Poetry Project
1200 ave. Atwater

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