Thanks to BRUCE KAUFFMAN, host of finding a voiceCFRC 101.9fm for recording and posting our recent reading at Novel Idea, Kingston ON, along with other archival treasures to be enjoyed/downloaded.
June 3, 2022, 5-6pm – second hour of a two hour show, continuing with that May 25th Kingston book launch/reading at Novel Idea Bookstore you’ll then hear the remainder of that event with Sadiqa de Meijer reading from her books: Leaving Howe Island, The Outer Wards (Véhicule Press), and alfabet/alphabet (Palimpsest Press), Jim Johnstone reading from his Infinity Network (Véhicule Press), and Kirby from Poetry is Queer (Palimpsest Press).
Fans/readers of PIQ know quite well how large C.P. Cavafy figures in my life. In case you missed it, I’m joined here by fellow Cavafian, poet/friend EVAN JONES whose recent translations of Cavafy The Barbarians Arrive Today (Carcanet 2020) are dear to my heart.
There is so much I can say about/in this poem—loss, memory, desire, grief, the struggle—every once in awhile, usually one in each collection, I come up with a good, signature “protest poem” my queer activist, liberationist intact. I place protest poem here in quotes, because they also tend to be elegies (a statement in and of itself). Memorials are a strong form of protest. That being said, I will share a couple of stories around this one for artist David Wojnarowicz.
I am asked by the family to play “minister” at gifted artist and friend Robert Flack‘s memorial. I select and read this passage from Wojnarowicz’s searing, essential memoir, Close to the Knives:
Why does this one die and that one not? What does all this mean? How do…