Memorial Reading for Joanne Kyger

Please join The Poetry Project in remembering and honoring the life and work of Joanne Kyger. With Ammiel Alcalay, Micah Ballard, Anselm Berrigan, Eddie Berrigan, Julian Talamantez Brolaski, Norma Cole, Lisa Jarnot, Vincent Katz, Filip Marinovich, Tenaya Nasser-Frederick, Simon Pettet, Ed Sanders, Cedar Sigo, Jared Stanley, Kendra Sullivan, Stacy Szymaszek, Anne Waldman, Lewis Warsh and Joey Yearous-Algozin.

When I fall into the gap of suspicion I am no longer here.

In this world that has got closed over by houses
                      and networks, I fly out
from under the belly.     Life’s dizzy crown
of whirling lights, circles this head.    Pure
with wonder, hot
with wonder.    The streets become golden.     All
size increases, the colors glow, we are in myth.

— Joanne Kyger, from “When I used to focus on the worries, everybody”

This event is co-hosted by Poets House. Center for Humanities and Wave are co-sponsors.