Attending Lancaster Poetry Exchange, for me, feels like something that should be done, because I regularly discover interesting perspectives. Le Hinton, founder of Iris G. Press (a local poetry publishing company), is a Lancaster fixture, is now the facilitator, and I love hearing introductions from these kinds of people - someone I remember from early days of my attendance of readings, when Borders was around.
Linn Levin, and Frank Falcone, were the featured readers, and we heard from at least eight other poets during open mic portion of evening. Subjects ranged: Charles Bukowski, Native American wisdom available only to hearts, seeds, risking being called a creep, Robert Frost’s experience in a snowstorm, Eddie Haskell, and blueberries. We’re lucky to have this rich offering (fourth Wednesdays at Barnes and Noble), in addition to the other monthly gatherings: Dogstar (fourth Wednesday), and BohoZone (PoetryZone is every third Wednesday).
This is an invitation. Come to BohoZone, and then ZoneToo, for PoetryZone 8 (Eliot is featured), and then maybe purchase a chapbook (we have Hinton, Levin, new Jeff Rath, and more).
Here is my writing about a new project that seems more great with each moment of attention. I rememeber first seeing the name a few months ago, but only recently learned that K.D. Lang, and Neko Case, were involved. I know these names from listening to some of my mother’s music, and paying some attention to Indie radio, and I’m happy to learn of Laura Veirs (her album covers remind me of The Decemberists). Yesterday, we were given an opportunity to see the band, which has been building their first album since Lang had an idea three years ago, perform the songs in order for the first audience. As usual, seeing a live performance resulted in some increased appreciation - they offered a little banter between songs, each artist gets a chance to be lead singer while others back up, and their individual expressions are interesting. The new album releases on Friday, and can be purchased at BohoZone. Song pick: Best Kept Secret.
Happy to hear some rough cuts from this veteran hip-hop group. Mellow Drum Addict (several times, I hear him called Phat Hentoff) says he feels as though it is their most organically-created product yet because it came together with ease, has increased amount of D.J. cuts, and sounds good. I was listening to one of his verses about paying dues, and, appreciating the voices - I.B. (Philadelphia) has a very deep one in many ways - asked about who else was on album. I learned of their goal of having a different producer, and a different third member, for each album. June (Queens) rapping, and Theory Hazit is producer (Portland). This two-month effort will be ready for distribution soon. They're sending it over to England in hopes of a vinyl edition. Once album is out, then maybe we will see them schedule a few performances, but everybody does have their own way of creating.