I’ll be reading tonight at the Nomad Cafe in Oakland…
It’s on Shattuck and 65th St., walking distance from Ashby BART. 7:00-9:00.
Serene will read a few poems, then I’ll read my poems and translations, and then a break and an open mike.
like to try a couple of my translations of Nestor Perlongher. They’re strange poems, and they don’t make a huge amount of linear sense, and they work by talking around the subject in baroque fractal image/wordplay digressions. So that the images will all be of starfish and rays of light and greasy film running through a projector and rayon shirts and feather boas, and every word has three meanings and interconnections to other words, but somewhere in the middle you are hit by a blinding realization that the poem is all about the metaphysics of cocksucking. They were VERY hard to translate and I would dig testing them out in front of people. I’ll read some of the short ones in Spanish, but most in English. I’d also like to read a sampling of my translations from the anthology I’m working on – Latin American women poets from 1880-1930.
If that sounds good, then I hope you show up!