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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

POETRY @ 4 4 3 P A S: John Coletti & Stephanie Gray

POETRY @ 4 4 3 P A S
John Coletti & Stephanie Gray

Tuesday, April 26, 2011, 6-9 PM
Curated by Alice Whitwham

John Coletti is the author of Mum Halo (Rust Buckle Books 2010), Same Enemy Rainbow (fewer & further 2008), and Physical Kind (Yo-Yo-Labs 2005). He recently served as editor of The Poetry Project Newsletter and co-edits Open 24 Hours Press with Greg Fuchs.

Mum Halo is clipped, an inert butterfly, the music of which is imbued with the terrible knowledge that our love’s resolve is the source of our brokenness, and the meaning for which we go on, all at once. This fact is played out in a language as lush as the natural world John adores, and as bruised as his very own body, by eros, and also by play. This book means the world to me, exactly.”

- Dana Ward

“Coletti’s a pal of the true hearts writing, ruminating and starving around the historical churchyard on 2nd Ave and 9th street but keeps a slow and low profile […] when ripping through it's [Mum Halo’s] pages we were left both stoned-brained and speed-slapped. Here is writing that takes the economy of word-mythos line play and evokes it with charm, humor and street sophistication.”

Thurston Moore and Byron Coley – Arthur Magazine

Poet-filmmaker Stephanie Gray's first book, Heart Stoner Bingo was published by Straw Gate Books in 2007. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Aufgabe, Sentence, The Brooklyn Rail, 2ndAvenuePoetry, EOAGH, The Boog City Reader, and The Recluse. Venues she has read at, often live with her films, include the Projections, Segue, and Poetry Project Friday series. Her films have shown internationally, including at the Ann Arbor, Oberhausen, Viennale, Videoex, and Antimatter fests, among others. Her most recent film, You know they want to disappear Hell’s Kitchen as Clinton, a super 8 film with a voiceover inspired by the writings of E.B. White’s, Here is NY is currently screening in the Black Maria Film Festival Tour, where it was one of 10 Jury’s Choice First Prizes, and has or will screen at the E-Poetry Festival (Buffalo), Experiments in Cinema (Albuquerque), 8 Fest (Toronto), Director’s Lounge (Berlin), and Mono No Aware, an expanded cinema event in Brooklyn.

"[...] in the roving attention and looping syllogistics of Gray’s poems, one discerns the logic of a film-maker making sense of experience through association, slippage, and the repetition of language elements (discursive arguments as well as sound-images)."

- Thom Donovan, Segue series introduction, 2009

“Surely there' a real me, a real Stephanie Gray, a Buffalo, a band once called Metallica, real truckers wearing caps and a breadstore full of real bread that will never close. Leave it to a filmmaker poet (Stephanie Gray) to write a post melancholy book of poems in which everything leaving is saved not lost both by history's first appearance in print of "holy moly" and also the simple fact of repetition getting new (again) in the hands of this natural master or mistress. Stephanie says it best: It's like strangers, it's like fire.”

- Eileen Myles (on Heart Stoner Bingo)

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