Odd Words July 8, 2010Posted by Mark Folse in books, literature, New Orleans, NOLA, Odd Words, Poetry, Toulouse Street.
Oops, there goes another twenty to books. And I had such high hopes of slowing down buying and catching up on my reading, but then along comes The Rumpus.Net’s Poetry Book Club. And of course I signed up. Every month get a new book of poetry a month before it’s release, and discuss with a lot of equally obsessed people. The only problem with this plan, from a New Orleans perspective, is that it does not occur in a bar.
If anyone locally who reads this signs up (go ahead; you know you want to) and wants to circle up over beers before the online meeting (or figure out how to do the online thing as a group in a bar with wireless) drop me a line.
I’m actually pretty excited about this which is just one more strike against that invitation to Bachelorette. Between the subscription cost and my
bad habit of buying a book from any featured reader I like a couple of times a month, I may have to give something up. Like cigarettes. Or coffee. Or, um, food. (Let’s see, caffeine and nicotine suppress appetite and I need to lose some weight, so the healthy choice would be to give up food).
And I was about to buy Sandra Beasley’s new book after hearing her read in New Orleans a few months back and picking up Fear of Falling. The woman is a fantastic poet and I’m pleased to see she has a major house book (W.W.Norton) but it’s a hardcover at $25 bucks and she just got a very nice review on Rumpus which means she could end up on the poetry book club list.
Of all the problems I have right now (don’t get me started) I am actually pretty much enjoying this one.
§ OK, normally I don’t do stuff like that (I had to hide those Lou Holtz tapes of my wife’s or she’d make me watch them. Again) but hey it’s a slow week: Drew Brees signs Coming Back Stronger: Unleashing the Hidden Power of Adversity. 9 a.m. Saturday. Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 3721 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie. This will be the first (and last) listing for B&N out in the box canyon you’ll see from me. I swear.
§ Looked at their calendar again (was relying on an old listing). Looks like dis ain’t dere no more. Never mind.
It’s such a slow week I think I need to list up some events I haven’t been attending but would like to. If you like poetry and math, you are definitely never going to be a contestant on Bachelorette, but you will figure out that the second, fourth and fifth Sunday of the month would include this coming Sunday. Jenna Mae hosts poets and spoken word readers on the second, fourth and fifth Sunday of each month. 8 p.m. Fair Grinds Coffeehouse, 3133 Ponce de Leon Ave., New Orleans (Mid-City), 913-9073, http://www.fairgrinds.com.
§ And if I’m giving up food (in order to afford cigarettes, coffee and the poetry book club) now might be exactly the right time to check out: Loren Murrell hosts a weekly poetry and spoken-word night with free food. Free admission. 8:30 p.m. Wednesday. Yellow Moon Bar, 800 France St
§ UPDATE: Yikes, I forgot the Maple Leaf listing: Poet H.R. “Stoney” Stoneback reads from his work. Author of “Singing the Springs” and other works from Portals Press he teaches creative writing at SUNY in New York, and is a Hemingway and Faulkner scholar.