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Jazz Poetry May 21st

Rich Kelley
May 6, 2015

At the Thirteenth Street Theater

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Join Marc Jampole and Barry Wallenstein on May 21st for a unique poetry event.

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Thursday, May 21 at 7:00 PM
The Thirteenth Street Repertory Theatre
50 West 13th Street
New York, NY

Marc Jampole, Jewish Currents Editorial Board Member and frequent blog and magazine contributor, will be presenting the complete gamut of his poetic stylings — political, love, surrealistic, and abstractly musical — in a joint poetry reading in New York City on May 21st. The evening’s focus will be on Marc’s theatrical poems: little operas or stories told in poetic form from the point of view of one or more characters. He will read from his book, Music from Words, and some newer work. Marc’s poems are known for their by irregular meters and lines, word play, assonance and alliteration. As Michael Wurster wrote in Small Press Review: “Jampole is absolutely unique in the way he expresses his material, especially with regard to sound, meter and rhythm.”
Reading with Marc will be the acclaimed jazz poet Barry Wallenstein, well-known for his poetry performances with jazz groups. A retired professor of literature and writing at City University of New York (CUNY), he has eight books and seven CDs of poetry. Barry founded the journal Poetry in Performance and CUNY’s Poetry Outreach Center, which in 2012 celebrated its 40th anniversary. His “restless vision and nearly flawless ear for phrasing record the muchness of our world with a seductive music and unexpected turns of language,” is how poet Colette Inez has described his work. Prominent jazz bassist Ken Filiano will accompany Barry on the bass.
Admission is $10, with all proceeds going to Jewish Currents magazine, sponsor of the event.