E-Verse Equinox Reading Series is back in person (again)!
After a year and a half of enjoyable, far-reaching Zoom events, we are finally back live again at Fergie’s Pub, with the latest installment of the E-Verse Equinox Reading Series, hosted by talented poet and crowd-pleasing local personality John Wall Barger, author of author of Resurrection Fail, coming out this fall.
Please join us for what we expect to be a stellar evening on Wednesday, September 8th, upstairs at Fergie’s Pub, 1214 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, 7PM. Featured readers will hail from Baltimore, London, and Pennsylvania: David Yezzi, author of More Things in Heaven: New and Selected Poems; English poet James Brookes, author of Sins of the Leopard; and Louisa Schnaithmann, Consulting Editor for ONE ART: a journal of poetry.
Wednesday, September 8th, 2021, 7PM
Upstairs at Fergie’s Pub, 1214 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102, 215-928-8118
We’ll also have open mic sessions between each featured reader, so come on out and bring a poem to read. We’d love to hear from you. As always, the event is free and open to the public. More on the readers below.
David Yezzi’s latest book is More Things in Heaven: New and Selected Poems (Measure Press). He teaches in the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins.
“Aubade” by David Yezzi
I wake up in my old house,
squinting at the seam of light
gilding the flowered curtains,
as six flights down the city’s up before me.
Across the street, a woman in green
unchains the gated park. The block
fills with taxis. The light turns,
then turns back without me.
James Brookes grew up in rural Sussex, England. His first full collection, Sins of the Leopard (Salt Publishing, 2012), was shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize. His collection Spoils appeared in 2018.
“After Glynn Williams’ The Flowering of the English Baroque” by James Brookes
Silliness shall conspire to break our hearts
like something in Purcell; his puckish last work:
the weird, imperial tomfoolery
of “Bonduca.” Festooned putto faces
of jolly Jack o’th’Green druids
remixed with hornpipes and contrapuntal folk.
May Day nonsense, may it happen again,
every season’s moment to blow your mind:
mine was Jeff Buckley covering Dido’s Lament
(Meltdown Festival, 1995)
ragged, impossible, off the top of his head.
Louisa Schnaithmann‘s work has appeared in Beltway Poetry Quarterly, The Mantle, and Wine Cellar Press, among others, and is forthcoming in Gargoyle. Her chapbook Plague Love is forthcoming from Moonstone Press, and she is the Consulting Editor for ONE ART: a journal of poetry. She lives in Philadelphia.
“A Moment of White” by Louisa Schnaithmann
after Jack Gilbert
Farms are foreign
to me, but maybe
I was that red-
in a past life, so
sad, so sweet,
and so full of
so much so that I
could not articulate.