Last night Jane launched a new reading at Cornelia Street Cafe called Emotional Rescue. The idea is simple but effective. The audience calls out an emotion, and the four featured poets read a poem related to that emotion. Last night I read with Jack Wiler, Iris N. Schwartz and Phyllis Talley. We provided a good mix of poetic and performance styles and voices. The Quarterback described it well as "theatrical."
The emotions on parade last night were bliss, embarrassment, lust, terror, pain, regret, ease, vengefulness, despair, tenacity, obsession, anger, and pride. Jack Wiler read a wonderful poem on the last emotion. I read a poem for every other emotion. Click on one to read the poem I read last night.