Blurry photo of Wayne Koestenbaum and Nicole Brossard reading "Transcreation." 5/1/09
poem to understand
how people bend
before an idea
their hair barely brushing the depth of silence
Poem(é), Nicole Brossard
5/1: After "Discovering Unbearable Truths," I headed to the Bowery Poetry Club for two events: Poetry Reading and The Translation Slam. This post will address the reading. The slam requires it's own space (you'll soon understand).
What drew me to the reading, honestly, was the opportunity to hear Nicole Brossard, one of my favorite writers, read her work in person. I've heard that she's a charismatic and dynamic reader of her own work and she did not disappoint.
My notes are very fragmentary. I would jot down, quickly, a few observations or lines after each author finished reading. Looking back on my notes, I find myself scratching my head. Why did I write "nice belly" with regard to Brossard? I realize that most of my notes have more to do with the performance of the poems than what the poets actually read. And what they wore. Here you go: