“Why do some poets perform as though they had just come to in a bad dream?” Reflecting on the gap between page and stage in American poetry today.
Recommended Viewing: Robert Bly reads his poem, “The Dead Seal at McClure’s Beach.”
Next week, the folks at Literary Death Match are bringing literature into the third dimension by staging “LDM TV: The Pilot.” Two shows consisting of four readers apiece will take place in Los Angeles, and performances will be judged by a killer lineup including such notables as Susan Orlean, Michael C. Hall, Moby and Tig Notaro. Full event details can be found here. For what it’s worth, I still rank Matt Gajewski’s LDM performance as my all-time favorite, so Beau Sia, Simon Rich, Daniel Alarcón and company have their work cut out for them. - Nick