Readings in Contemporary Poetry

Sarah Arvio and Michael Gottlieb

Tuesday, November 13, 2018, 6:30 pm, Dia:Chelsea

Event Details
Tuesday, November 13, 2018, 6:30 pm

Dia:Chelsea
535 West 22nd Street, 5th Floor
New 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. 

Sarah Arvio’s recent book of new translations from the works of Federico García Lorca, Poet in Spain (Alfred A. Knopf, 2017), has been widely praised. Her earlier books are night thoughts: 70 dream poems & notes from an analysis (Alfred A. Knopf, 2013), which is a hybrid of poetry, essay, and memoir, Sono: Cantos (Alfred A. Knopf, 2006), and Visits from the Seventh (Alfred A. Knopf, 2002). She is the recipient of a Rome Prize of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and John Simon Guggenheim Foundation and Bogliasco Foundation fellowships, among other honors. Arvio also worked for many years as a translator for the United Nations in New York and Switzerland.

Federico García Lorca
from Poet in Spain

Gacela VII
Of the Memory of Love

Don’t take my memory of you
leave it in my heart

trembling white cherry tree
January’s martyr

A wall of bad dreams
divides me from the dead

I’m as pained as a fresh lily
before a plaster heart

All night in the orchard
my eyes are like two dogs

All night eating
the poison quinces

Sometimes the wind
is a tulip of fear

a sick tulip
in the winter dawn

A wall of bad dreams
divides me from the dead

Silent grass covers
your body’s gray valley

On the arch where we meet
hemlock is growing

Leave me my memory of you
leave it in my heart

Michael Gottlieb is a poet and the author of nineteen books. He was born in New York City and graduated from Bennington College in Vermont where he studied writing and painting. In addition to numerous collections of poetry, his published work also includes memoirs and essays. His most recent titles are What We Do: Essays for Poets (Chax Press, 2016), I Had Every Intention (Faux Editions, 2014), and Dear All (Roof Books, 2013). A first-generation member of the Language School, he helped edit one of its foundational magazines: Roof. His work appears in numerous anthologies including Against Expression: An Anthology of Conceptual Writing (Northwestern University Press, 2011), edited by Craig Dworkin and Kenneth Goldsmith, and an upcoming pre-Flarf anthology, edited by Drew Gardner.

From MOSTLY CLEARING

11. 

what settled on top of the conversation

an epochal event

what you assumed at first
was idle flattery
jimmies
scattered across
an untroubled surface
beneath which
drowsily stirred
some soon to be roused
hopes

it was a name-day
it was a famous conversion
it was the sort of assortment
you once could only dream of
it was like that special person
showed up for your reading
as if it had only been a few weeks
since you last crossed paths

and he was as alive
as you or me