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Sorry Tree -Eileen Myles

Posted in Book, Guide to What's Good, queer with tags , , , , , , , , , on October 30, 2008 by thebrooklynsocialite

Time to hit you with a book review. Sorry Tree is a recent book of poetry by Eilleen Myles. By way of description of Myles, for the uninitiated, I don’t know whether to say, ‘Still hot at almost 60,’ ‘In the genre of Ginsberg and Patti Smith,’ ‘Lesbian for president, Poet for all,’ or just, ‘someone who owes me a coffee/chat.’ I will content myself with saying instead, a voice that will influence you, Myles has mastered her craft.

Now on to the book. This is a poem from one of my favorite series of poems in Sorry Tree, “Dear Andrea”

Myles writes:

“Dear Andrea

You are the candy melting

in my mouth.

Is that a euphemism

For what? Witnessing your love.

That’s pretty good.

Oh I thought you said

Hear the candy

melting in my mouth.

All the people like me

are thanking all the people

like you. Can we call

it bird house?

I wouldn’t take that

away from you. You’re

like an orangutan.

You’re like a little brother

I just allowed in the bed.

Did you have coffee with

your dinner. No

I’m excited. We

bought a bird house

today. We didn’t

get it yet. No

but we should

call it that. I.M.

sweet”

I missed my stop on the subway, while reading this, I was transported and, perhaps fortunately, not to my intended destination. Instead I visited the spaces that the poet inhabits, which her voice so viscerally describes. I was on a ferry and in a bedroom, within a warm house deep in thought, capturing each minuscule feeling that visited me. For the other “Dear Andrea’s” buy the book

See you at  Angela Davis’s talk tonight!

The Good List

Posted in Guide to What's Good with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 21, 2008 by thebrooklynsocialite

Cinemas

Angelika

IFC Center

Films

Ballast

Battle in Seattle

This is What Democracy Looks Like

At the Edge of the World

Fixer: The Taking of Ajmal Naqshbandi

Wild Combination: A Portrait of Arthur Russell

Trouble the Water


Books

Globalization and its Discontents

Take it Personally

The General of the Dead Army

1984

The Time Machine

The Space Trillogy

The Seagull

Eateries

Choice Bakery

Birdbath Bakery- honorable mention

Corner Shop Cafe

No. 7 Greene

Tazza

Loulou

Podunk

Cafe Lafayette

Bookstores

Housing Works

McNally Jackson

People

Obama

Catherine Opie

Allen Ginsberg

Dynasty Handbag

Kalup Linzy

Eileen Myles

Coco Rosie

St Clair Bourne

Spike Lee

Angela Davis

Bars

Vol de Nuit- Belgian Beer/Wine bar- West 4th

Tre

Metropolitan

Bembe

Sugarland

Santos Party House

Exhibitions

Catherine Opie:American Photographer

Louise Borgeois

Other spaces

The Chelsea Museum

The Yard

Nu Yu Day Spa

KGB Bar

92 st Y Tribeca

Concert Venues