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Deborah Garrison and Gary Lenhart


Dia:Chelsea

Readings in Contemporary Poetry

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04/12/2018 18:30 04/12/2018 23:45 Europe/London Deborah Garrison and Gary Lenhart Event DetailsTuesday, December 4, 2018, 6:30 pmDia:Chelsea535 West 22nd Street, 5th FloorNew York City  Free for Dia members; $10 general admission; $6 admission for students and seniors Advance ticket purchases recommended. Tickets are also available for purchase at the door, subject to availability.  Deborah Garrison is the poetry editor of Alfred A. Knopf and a senior editor at Pantheon Books. Prior to joining the Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group in 2000, she spent fourteen years at the New Yorker, where she edited both fiction and nonfiction and wrote criticism for the books section. She is the author of the collections A Working Girl Can’t Win and Other Poems (Random House, 1998) and The Second Child (Random House, 2007). Her poems and pieces about poetry have appeared in the New Yorker, New York Times Book Review, Slate,Yale Review, and other journals. Wish In the interval between wakingand knowing,for a moment,less than a moment,I forgot you had died. The crashing blissonly dawned asI knew my mistake.Bent in half and heavingas one never does again. Then a lifetime of nightsspent courtingjust that kind of sleep,that kind of wakinglike a vicious gift. Knowing myself a fraud.Too old to need you now.But if --for a quarter secondthrough the needle'seye again just once -- Gary Lenhart is the author of six collections of poetry, including The World in a Minute (Hanging Loose Press, 2010), Father and Son Night (Hanging Loose Press, 1999), and Light Heart (Hanging Loose Press, 1991). He is also the author of two collections of prose: Another Look: Selected Prose (Subpress, 2010) and The Stamp of Class: Reflections on Poetry and Social Class (University of Michigan Press, 2006). He has contributed essays, poems, and reviews to many anthologies and magazines, and edited the magazines Mag City and Transfer as well as volumes on the work of Michael Scholnick and William Carlos Williams. Lenhart has taught at numerous colleges and universities and is currently a senior lecturer at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, where he has taught since 1996. When Children I don’t want to sentimentalize their lives,Lives I wouldn’t want to live, but did, Happily as most children, thoughI wouldn’t eagerly again.  It was a life Lived for children and dependent uponChildren’s spark, dark and childish In their absence.  Its glees were simple as bellsRing, gold coins spill, a priest sings. But kids are mostly quick, get up and get out,Leaving behind what’s best left but not  Without remorse.  They return, but can’t,So when they do they dull too which can’t be Proved, rebuked, or ignitedBy metaphor, for who are these parents But blunderers like you and me, adult othersAs unlike us as our origins, full of hope and Children hopping around and off, becauseDespite our hopes there’s only love to hold us Here, a love without hope except for childrenQuick to grow and go to the coast or, better, Cross to Italy, beautiful Italy, where the futureLacks capital to oppress the persisting.      Dia:Chelsea FALSE DD/MM/YYYY Deborah Garrison and Gary Lenhart