April 21st was the culmination of work I've been doing with Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture that included a collaboration with Dr. Jay Fluellen, and a series of workshops with kids from Northeast High School- the most diverse immigrant student population in the Philadelphia School District. Journeys Across Imaginary Lines was a performance at the Philadelphia History Museum that featured Hafez Kotain, Trapeta Mason, Valerie Gay, Kinan Abou-afach, Jay Fluellen and me. The afternoon included a workshop that Trapeta & I led exploring movement, memory and loss. One of my favorite moments was when a Palestinian poet who published two books in Arabic wrote his first poem in English during our exercise. It's a beautiful poem. It was a beautiful day.
Frank O'Hara's Last Lover is one of my favorite reading series in the city's rich poetry history. On March 14, I had the great honor of reading with two of my favorite poets anywhere- Fred Moten and Raquel Salas Rivera. Thanks so much to curator Jason Mitchell for hosting us at The William Way LGBTQ Community Center- one of my favorite poetry nights ever.
(Fred, Raquel & me at 13th & Locust)
I have new poems in one of my favorite lit journals- The Wanderer (edited by Raquel Salas Rivera and Colette Arrand). Check out two new poems and an excerpt of a third right here.
("FOR A LONG TIME I USED TO GO TO BED EARLY" BY Raymond Pettibon)
Ciudad Santuario (Das Kapital Ediciones) has seen the light of day. The work is translated into Spanish by friend & comrade Carlos Soto Roman. There is also a surprise publication from Libros del Pez Espiral- a translation of my chap-length poem (also by CSR) entitled Diary of Perversities & Main Events. We toured Chile together throughout Santiago, Valparaiso, and Valdivia. The whirlwind took us to universities, high schools, bookstores, galleries and a couple of Pablo Neruda Houses- sometimes with 2 or 3 gigs a day. Nothing is better than going on the road with a good friend and a great poet. Thanks for everything Carlos!