Readings in Contemporary Poetry

Steve Dickison and
Julie Ezelle-Patton

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

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

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

Readings in Contemporary Poetry curator, Vincent Katz provided an introduction for the evening's reading.

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. 

Steve Dickison is author of Disposed (Post-Apollo Press, 2007) and the forthcoming Zora Neale Hurston’s Liberation Music Orchestra (Omnidawn, 2018). With David Meltzer in 2002–06, he coedited the music magazine Shuffle Boil. Dickison is coeditor of the anthologies Prison/Culture (City Lights Foundation, 2009) and Homage to Etel Adnan (Post-Apollo Press, 2012), and has also edited and published various works under the imprint Listening Chamber. His work has recently been published in BAX 2015: Best American Experimental Writing (Wesleyan University Press, 2016), as well as the magazines and journals Amerarcana, Aufgabe, BOMB, Hambone, Mandorla, pallaksch. pallaksch., and Vanitas. His work has also appeared online at EOAGH, Evening Will Come (the Volta), ONandOnScreen, and Open Space (San Francisco Museum of Modern Art). He received the BOMB Poetry Prize in 2014. Dickison lives in San Francisco, where he is director of the Poetry Center at San Francisco State University. He also teaches at San Francisco State University and California College of the Arts, Oakland.

‘the friend’ 

that the bird with the enormous velvet nerve-body
articulated legs more like an insect than I knew
greedy mouth wanted to feed out of my mouth
apparently they are always hungry
“what they are screaming is ada ada the word for pain”
the verb was the same as in spanish ayudar
echo’d “are you there?”   or in arabic wadada 

“tears become pears for mothers to feed their children”
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19iii08        for McN 


Julie Ezelle-Patton
’s poetic work emphasizes collaboration, conservation work, curating, improvisation, and literary and musical composition. Her work has appeared in Critiphoria as well as poetry collections including BAX 2016: Best American Experimental Writing (Wesleyan University Press, 2017), Big Energy Poets: Ecopoetry Thinks Climate Change (BlazeVOX, 2017), What I Say: Innovative Poetry by Black Writers in America (University of Alabama Press, 2015), and I'll Drown My Book: Conceptual Writing by Women (Les Figues, 2012). She has performed in music, literary, and art festivals and venues in the United States and abroad. Patton is the author of Teething on Type (Rodent Press, 1996), “A Garden per Verse (or What Else Do You Expect from Dirt?)” (Hat, 1999), Notes for Some (Nominally) Awake (Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs, 2007), and “Using Blue to Get Black” (Crayon, 2008), and the forthcoming works B (Tender Buttons Press) and Writing with Crooked Ink (Belladonna). The Building by the Side of the Road (About Place Journal, 2012) chronicles Ezelle-Patton’s adventures creating Let It Bee Ark Hives, an artist housing and conservation project based in her hometown, Cleveland. Ezelle-Patton is a 2018 Front Artist in Residence. She has been the recipient of a 2015 Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grants to Artists for Poetry award and a 2012 Doan Brook Watershed Hero award, among other distinctions.

PDF of Julie Ezelle-Patton's poem, ID