Sunday, May 27, 2012

May 19, 2012: Todd Melicker

On 5/19 Todd Melicker joined us in the studio and helped celebrate our one-year anniversary at KUSF In Exile with a live reading! Todd read from his recent Little Red Leaves chapbook King & Queen, beautifully handcrafted from recycled textiles. We discussed the multi-ways of reading his collection—visually they read both downward and upward on the page (each like a playing card) and Todd read them “upside down and backward.” Inspired by both Ted Berrigan’s The Sonnets and a Henry Moore sculpture, Todd shared some thoughts on his process—reassembling poems, slippage, collage, the Osiris/Isis myth, the I/You relationship, and the possibilities of the King & Queen pairings/poems as equally gendered and mirrored iterations of the self in communication with one another and “slipping in and out of each other." Todd also read from an end to birds, an accordion-fold collection of antibird acrostic poems (secretly loving birds:) and then concluded with recent poems published in Volt. Thanks again Todd for driving down from Santa Rosa to spend your Saturday morning with us!

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