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Thursday, January 31, 2013

TGIF! A Poem to Kick Off the Weekend - Part I

From MOVIE LOGIC: Poems, Erik La Prade's forthcoming book of poetry from Poets Wear Prada:
Ballad of a Weekend

I
I remember what you wrote,
As the sound of your voice
Fills the room tonight
With sudden memories.

Your cryptic apologies
Are ridiculous now,
As when you spoke of faults
In the Earth, or of an ice age

Alive with controversy:
How buried borders
Would suddenly surface
To cover us in shapeless

Earth, the landscape
Itself moving,
Shaking down the walls
Of our room with the dust

Of timbers.
The mind has mountains,” you said,
Quoting Hopkins. But, when the night
Folded itself into napkins of light,

I still didn’t want to read your letter,
Or, even, clean up the scattered pieces
From the floor, and so left them
Lying in the gray sand.


TO BE CONTINUED ...

MOVIE LOGIC: Poems by Erik La Prade
List Price: $12.00
5.5" x 8.5" (13.97 x 21.59 cm)
Black & White on White paper
36 pages
Poets Wear Prada
ISBN-13: 978-0615761237 (Custom)
ISBN-10: 0615761232
BISAC: Poetry / American / General


"In this latest collection Erik La Prade continues his cinematic verse celebration of urbanity and human tenderness, showing us life freeze-framed into mise-en-scènes of hilarity and heartbreak, as he walks the high wire of a 21st-century NYC life in the arts."
— ALAN KAUFMAN, author of Drunken Angel
editor of The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry 


 "La Prade is a gifted poet, memoirist, critic, photographer, and urban chronicler of lost artistic and literary byways, with a historian's eye for New York cultural history and downtown avant-garde. Put simply, he dazzles."
— GARY SHAPIRO, journalist

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

January 30th: Remembering Steam Engines & O Winston Link


Train No. 17 Crosses Bridge 201, Wurno Siding, c. 1957
[Photo Credit: O. Winston Link]

Train No. 17
Crosses Bridge 201,
Wurno Siding, c. 1957
                              by Erik La Prade

After the Photograph by O. Winston Link

Norfolk and Western Engine #601
Runs over a bridge,
Crossing the New River at night.
The engineer leans out of the window,
Looking straight ahead —
While a trail of white smoke
Replaces the horizon.
Below the bridge —
A man drives a 1955 Buick,
Following the road as it turns right.
His face is blurred.
He is about to leave the photograph,
Going somewhere. Maybe going home —
Or leaving it.

From Erik La Prade's forthcoming poetry collection, Movie Magic, soon to be released from Poets Wear Prada in February 2013. 


January 30, 2013, New York, NY -- Rail fan photographer Ogle Winston Link, known for his exemplary documentary photographs of the last of America's steam locomotives, died 12 years ago this day.  

O. Winston Link, George Thom and night flash Equipment. New York, March 16, 1956
O. Winston Link, courtesy the O. Winston Link Museum
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For more information  about Link and his photographs:
http://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/11/16/when-steam-locomotion-ground-to-a-halt/



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Monday, January 28, 2013

January 29th: Remembering John McWhinnie (1968-2012)

JOHN MCWHINNIE
Andrew H. Walker/Getty Image
Movie Logic
by Erik La Prade

For John McWhinnie (1968–2012)
Narrative and plot don’t move
In the same time frame. Jump cuts
Cue up style and motive.
The director’s vision arcs
Through everything, apparent
When some coincidence or deliberate
Accident makes an exit or sparks
Disaster. Is it cinematic truth
Or our own suspension of disbelief
We’re watching? It doesn’t matter.
We sit here awaiting the inevitable.
From Erik La Prade's forthcoming poetry collection of the same title.

January 29, 2013, New York, NY -- John McWhinnie, rare-book expert and art dealer in New York, "champion of words and images on paper in an age of electronic reading" would be 45 today, had he not been killed in a snorkeling accident in the British Virgin Islands last year on January 6th.   Mr. McWhinnie who began selling rare books as a Boston College student was the director of John McWhinnie at Glenn Horowitz Bookseller, a rare-book shop and gallery at 50 ½ East 64th Street in Manhattan. He met Mr. Horowitz at a book fair as a graduate student and subsequently managed Mr. Horowitz bookshop and gallery in South Hampton, Long Island.  The Manhattan store opened 2005.  As a bookseller, Mr. McWhinnie specialized in the 20th and 21st centuries, concentrating in particular on the Beats. As a gallerist, Mr. McWhinnie exhibited well-known contemporary artists like Richard Prince and Cindy Sherman, as well as up-and-coming artists. With Mr. Horowitz, Mr. McWhinnie also ran a small publishing imprint, JMc & GHB Editions, which produced artists’ books and exhibition catalogs. He is survived by his wife, Maria Beaulieu,  his sister, Lisa Paradis, and his  parents, John and Betty McWhinnie. [source: NYTimes]

The smell of the paper, the design of the cover, the tattered pages and convenient cocktail napkin employed as a bookmark, all experiences before the reading, remain the hallmarks of John, as presentable and gracious a fellow as ever walked Park Avenue.
-- Charlie Finch, ArtNet.com



Sunday, January 27, 2013

Chocolate Waters & Elaine Sexton Jan 29 @ Bluestockings

Chocolate Waters
I'm delighted to be reading from my new book and from earlier work at Bluestockings in NYC and happy to share the bill w/Elaine Sexton, this Tues. Jan 29 @7 p.m.

"Chocolate Waters's The Woman Who Wouldn't Shake Hands is a romp with a gymnast of poetic wordplay. Waters' wit can leave you in stitches one moment, only to reveal the sardonic undertones of her meaning in the next, turning you warm to chilled with the simple flip of the wrist."
 ~ Chavisa Woods 


Elaine Sexton continues to explore text as “evidence,” the poem as a collage of spent things, words and images reconstituted to make fresh shapes. She is the author of Sleuth and Causeway, both published by New Issues.

  
Women's & Trans' Poetry Jam
Bluestockings 
172 Allen Street 
(between Stanton and Rivington) 
212.777.6028 
Host by Vittoria Repetto

I look forward to seeing YOU there.

Chocolate Waters

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Host Vittoria Repetto is the author of "Not Just A Personal Ad" (Guernica Editiions, 2006) and "Head For the Van Wyck" (Monkey Cat Press, 1995). She has been hosting the Women's & Trans’ Poetry Jam at Bluestockings Bookstore since its opening in 1999. 

An open mic for women and trans introduces the featured readers. 
A suggested donation of $5 helps to support our features.

The Women Who Wouldn't Shake Hands by Chocolate Waters
(Poets Wear Prada, 2011)


Copies of Ms. Waters latest collection will be available for purchase and signing.  Books can also be purchased online at Amazon.com, CreateSpace.com and B&N.