Poet Joel Lewis and author Kate Reese Hurd will be the featured readers, along with an open mike when the Woodstock Poetry Society & Festival meets at Golden Notebook (Upstairs), 29 Tinker Street on Saturday, May 13th, 2017 at 2pm.
Joel Lewis - Joel Lewis’s latest book, My Shaolin, is a book-length poem that serves as a psychogeographic investigation of the southernmost portion of the New York Archipelago, Staten Island. According to poet/anthologist Trace Peterson “This commuter poem evokes big questions such as: what do we really take away from an experience of place in language, are we always just visiting and do we ever really get there?” Previous books include: North River Rundown (2013), Surrender When Leaving Coach (2012), Learning From New Jersey (2007), Vertical’s Currency (1999) and House Rent Boogie (1992), winner of the second (and last) Ted Berrigan Memorial Award. He edited Bluestones and Salt Hay, an anthology of contemporary NJ poets, as well as editing Reality Prime, the selected poems of Walter Lowenfels and On The Level Everyday, the selected talks of Ted Berrigan. A social worker by day, he has taught creative writing at the Poetry Project, The Writer’s Voice and Rutgers University. And, for better or worse, he initiated the ill-fated New Jersey Poet Laureate position that was such a headache for Amiri Baraka. With his wife, Rutgers University cinema professor Sandy Flitterman-Lewis, he resides in Hoboken.
Kate Reese Hurd is author of the pithy poetic primer on the speech sounds, The Speech Sound Etudes, Volume I, Revelations of the Logos, subtitled, Poetic Miniatures for Sounding our Language: A Body of Speech-Work for Speakers, Actors, Eurythmists, Poets, Writers, Singers, Teachers.... Her two companion booklets to this volume are: A Quartet of Articles on Eurythmy and Speech-Work (articles she has published in the Eurythmy Association of North America Newsletters) and The Speech Sound Etudes: Feeling the Gestures… (a detailed professional report on her work which is also posted at the EANA website).
Kate holds degrees in English literature and music and is a graduate of the four-year program in eurythmy in Spring Valley NY. The ground-breaking, trail-blazing work she has been doing with the speech sound etudes and the characteristic movement-urge or ‘gesture-impulse‘ possessed by each sound draws on all three of these sensitivities. The direct experience of these distinct speech sound gesture-impulses restores ever-fresh life to the spoken word, and it makes an objective and sure foundation for the expression of poetry through eurythmy movement possible. The etudes Kate composes are poetic miniature verses for each of the vowels and consonants we can encounter in our language. Her book contains fifty-two sets of etudes plus a few variants (and a glossary and much more).
For a while now, Kate has been coming out of her High Falls NY studio to share her work at poetry gatherings. She takes her listeners on journeys through the sound-scape architecture of our language via the etudes, which one of her hosts called “ebullient.” When the consonants sound out in alliterative repetition and the vowels sing out as strings of assonance, the rhythms, diverse moods and qualities of energy are contagious! Besides presenting sound-scape journeys, Kate’s recitations of poems bring forth their innate sound-moods, and she tunes listeners’ ears to these by speaking etudes as frames before and after each poem. One of her hearers told her, “you must keep doing what you’re doing!” No problem! In this Woodstock Poetry Society presentation she will take listeners on sound-scape journeys and show how the gesture-impulse movements for some of the sounds arise; and she will recite Dylan Thomas’s intensely beautiful poem that describes his childhood in Wales with near ecstasy, “Fern Hill.”