Jun 1st 2019

Reception, Reading, Discussion in conjunction with the exhibition “ASSEMBLY HALL”
Saturday, June 1st, 7 – 9 PM

Reservations required: keith@rarenestgallery.com or 708-616-8671

Poetry and visual art have been engaged in a very long conversation. Natania Rosenfeld and Ruth Danon entered the conversation in different but complementary ways. Rosenfeld looks directly at art works. Inspired by them she renders both the essence of their visual qualities and her response to them in vividly descriptive poems and essays. Danon abstracts from the visual to build structures for her poems and prose poems. Drawing on architecture, she explores subjects as though entering poems as rooms, inviting the reader-audience to enter with her. These poets will present their work and engage each other and the audience in a conversation about these and other ways of thinking about the sister arts.

Ruth Danon is the author of Word Has it (Nirala, 2018), Limitless Tiny Boat (BlazeVOX 2016) and much earlier Triangulation From a Known Point. Her poetry and prose have been published widely in the United States and abroad. Her work has been anthologized in Best American Poetry, and Resist Much, Obey Little. After over 20 years of directing and teaching the Creative Writing Program for adult undergraduates at New York University she retired in 2016. She now teaches in New York City, and Beacon, NY and curates the Spring Street Reading Series for Atlas Studios.

Natania Rosenfeld is a writer and independent scholar and Professor Emerita of English at Knox College. She has published a poetry collection, Wild Domestic (Sheep Meadow Press 2015), and a critical book, Outsiders Together: Virginia and Leonard Woolf (Princeton 2000). An e-chapbook, She and I, appeared in 2018 from Essay Press. Her essays, poems and fiction have published in journals including The Yale Review, APR, Raritan, Gettysburg Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, and Southwest Review, and four essays have been listed as “Notable” in Best American Essays collections. She lives in Edgewater with her husband and two quadrupeds.

Image: Rebekka Federle – Baloonaxe

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