Well, it was my birthday today, and the weather was just as I like it: snow on the ground, spring in the air. Too bad I’ve got the last bits of bronchitis rattling around in me. Ah well.
Sunday night I read “A Meal” and “Lemon Tree Palace” at the Cornelia Street Cafe. As we were competing with Oscar night, and as one of the other readers was home with the plague, it was an intimate gathering, and very pleasant too. Chris Brandt read a series of poems on Thomas Jefferson, and another on Odysseus, and all were excellent. “Stars bouncing on waves” was a phrase from one of the latter that stayed with me.
After the reading, a few of us ate at the restaurant upstairs (delicious) and watched the snow come down on pretty Cornelia Street. A delightful night, with the only disconcerting bits in the fiction performed.
Last night I read “Go East” at the Library Lounge, a lovely performance space at Telephone Bar. It’s an intimate room for about 30-40 people, lined with antique mirrors and candles, and there’s a fireplace on the stage with more candles. My legs were trembling pretty hard (no one claimed to notice), and luckily, I didn’t shake my way into the fireplace and die a firey death. I’d agonized all week over where to add he-said’s and she-said’s to make the dialogue more comprehensible to the ear (thanks to a seminar I’m taking on teaching listening!). In all, the reading was a fun time.
My next reading is coming up pretty soon! Very much looking forward to that too.
Mark your calendars! I’ve got two readings coming up this month.
Monday, February 12, 8 pm- Telephone Bar- No Cover
149 2nd Ave (between 9th & 10th St.)
Sunday, Feburary 25, 6 pm- Cornelia Street Cafe- $6 (includes one drink)
29 Cornelia Street