Poetry Reading: Elaine Sexton and Sean Singer
Run Time: 90 min.
June 8, 2022 at 7pm
Tickets: $14 Adult, $12 Senior
Members: $11.90 Adult, $10.20 Senior
Poets on Public & Private Transportation: Moving through space has never been a more timely subject matter. In a taxi cab or car, driving and what we are driven to do and think about, are subjects these two seasoned poets have in common. Excellent story-tellers both, they will read from their just-published books poems that come from radically different perspectives. Singer’s lyric prose poems expose the wildly imaginative trajectory the driver/speaker takes in response to what takes place in his day job driving a taxi in New York City, one that ended at the onset of the pandemic. Sexton’s poems lift off from the places or “nonplaces” drivers and non-drivers alike, occupy in cars and other modes of public transportation, including the body, suspended as she is, and we all are, in space literally and figuratively in our daily lives. In this reading both poets promise to take us to places we never expected to go. Vanessa Smith (VanessaHSmithPictures.com) will moderate a Q&A conversation with the poets after the reading followed by a wine & cheese reception. Books will be available for sale and signing.
About the Poets:
Elaine Sexton’s fourth collection of poetry is Drive (Grid Books, 2022). She is a critic, teacher, artist book maker, and micro-publisher. Previous books include: Prospect/Refuge (Sheep Meadow, 2015), Causeway (New Issues, 2008), and Sleuth (New Issues, 2003). She teaches at the Writing Institute at Sarah Lawrence College and numerous art and writing centers in the U.S. and abroad. She is a member of the National Book Critics Circle, and contributing editor to On the Seawall. elainesexton.org
Sean Singer is the author of Discography (Yale University Press, 2002), winner of
the Yale Series of Younger Poets Prize, selected by W.S. Merwin, and the Norma
Farber First Book Award from the Poetry Society of America; Honey & Smoke
(Eyewear Publishing, 2015); and Today in the Taxi (Tupelo Press, 2022). He runs
a manuscript consultation service at http://www.seansingerpoetry.com