06 September 2008

CHRISTIAN BÖK & K. SILEM MOHAMMAD
THE DE YOUNG POETRY SERIES
SAN FRANCISCO 5 SEP 08
Christian Bök and K. Silem Mohammad the de Young Poetry Series
Christian Bök and K. Silem Mohammad the de Young Poetry Series
Christian Bök and K. Silem Mohammad the de Young Poetry Series
Christian Bök and K. Silem Mohammad the de Young Poetry Series
Christian Bök and K. Silem Mohammad the de Young Poetry Series
Christian Bök and K. Silem Mohammad the de Young Poetry Series
Christian Bök and K. Silem Mohammad the de Young Poetry Series
LUCAS RIVERA STEVEN FAMA Christian Bök and K. Silem Mohammad the de Young Poetry Series
Christian Bök and K. Silem Mohammad the de Young Poetry Series
Christian Bök and K. Silem Mohammad the de Young Poetry Series

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At 06 September, 2008 15:18, Blogger Jack Morgan said...

Everything looks empty there.
LUCAS! Sorry I missed you.
And I miss you, Clay, more than words can express.

 
At 06 September, 2008 22:17, Blogger Logan Ryan Smith said...

yeah, i was just gonna say: so no one went?

people should know by now that no one wants to PAY for poetry-- hearing it, or reading it.

 
At 06 September, 2008 23:11, Blogger CLAY BANES said...

There were people there. I took the wrong pictures. I didn't feel like taking the right pictures. This group of photos doesn't mean anything.

The reading was terrific. Worth $12.

 
At 07 September, 2008 04:47, Blogger LM Rivera said...

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At 07 September, 2008 04:49, Blogger LM Rivera said...

There were plenty of people there. It was worth so much more than 12 dollars. I felt blessed that's all it was.

Scenesters pay more for their cute little drinks! Priorities I guess...

 
At 07 September, 2008 10:06, Blogger Steven Fama said...

That's me in one of those photos, reading.

There weren't that many people. Seemed to be about 30 or so people. 50 tops. A good number seemed to be students from the poetry curator's class and I bet they were comp'ed.

Christian Bok was especially great to hear. He's a performer as much as a poet, seemingly hasn't written lots or much of any new stuff, but heck I'll check him out forever on the strength of his (1) reading through the big dictionary all those times all those years ago and putting together Eunoia, and (2) fervent love of sound and ability to persuasively show us how it's done.

K. Silem was great in part. The google-search poems to me just don't make it, mostly. Maybe it's just the limits of the retrieved material. And I've a hunch that K. Silem is not always particularly inspired when it comes to word sculpting, to use his term. At least not to me.

On the other hand, K. Silem's Shakespeare sonnet anagrams were freakin' fantastic. The lmitations of the letters and form (and the limits required by the form) make most everything shine. Clever thought provoking absurd beautiful. It's a very exciting project (he said afterwards he's going to do them all).

I'll praise the DeYoung Museum for having poets come in but it is one weird place. They try to draw a crowd on Friday nights by having music in their huge, echo-y lobby. Every time I've checked it out the music if not fairly boring (Friday night was a big swing era style band) is completely overwhelming -- so loud that conversation is impossible, and badly distorted audio.

 
At 07 September, 2008 17:33, Blogger François said...

Paul's students did not get their tickets comped.

 
At 07 September, 2008 20:49, Blogger Steven Fama said...

If as apparently was the case, the students had to pay the full price, then I salute them. At $12 a ducat, it wasn't cheap (though members go for for free).

 

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