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BH-350-BARDO-MATRIX-WAY-OUT-1-WEBIt’s National Poetry Month! We have lots of exciting poetry events at City Lights of course; Kevin Young! Matthew Zapruder! The Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics! Sixteen Rivers Press! DA Powell! So much more so be sure to stop by.

Poets to Poets is an interactive project where students are encouraged to create work in response to poetry readings by poets on the board of the Academy of American Poets, including Anne Waldman and Juan Felipe Herrera! Click here to watch (and maybe participate if you happen to be in grades 3-12…)

“The queasy ethics of observation continue to fill front pages across the country, from the Snowden affair to the limited release of Google Glass. What is privacy, anyway, in an age of drone strikes and targeted advertising? What are our rights?The Boston Review asked poets such as John Ashbury, Rae Armanntrout and Robert Pinsky to tackle questions of surveillance and published the resulting work.

“The Bardo Matrix Press was founded in Kathmandu in the early 1970s by original Velvet Underground drummer, artist, and poet Angus MacLise and poet, photographer, and publisher Ira Cohen as a publishing outgrowth of the Colorado artists’ collective of the same name. MacLise and Cohen commenced to issue pamphlets, booklets, posters, books, and broadsides by not only themselves and their fellow travellers, but also by some of the most important names of post-war literature: Paul Bowles, Gregory Corso, Diane Di Prima, and Charles Henri Ford were among the chosen.” Boo Hooray, a gallery and publisher in New York have an exhibition of the work of the Bardo Matric Press that would seem to be worth witnessing!

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