Thursday, May 21, 2015

This Friday….POETRY U featuring Joel Allegretti and Open Mic

Gallery U Westfield and Poetry U is pleased to host poet Joel Allegretti on Friday, May 22, 2015, from 7-9 PM as he reads from his new collection "The Body In Equipoise," a chapbook on the theme of architecture and design. The evening will also feature and open mic. All poets are welcome to join the open mic. 

   I am a creature of rooms
   Blocks of space caged in walls
   Corners tame them
   Each one opens onto another...and another...and another
   Escher designed ingress and egress
   I give their floors a reason for being
   Breathe their air
   Clear my throat
   I say, “ I am Joel” [sotto voce]
   To disrupt the quiet
   My voice a water slider on a pond of silences

   — excerpted from “M.C. Escher”

JOEL ALLEGRETTI is the author of five collections of poetry, most recently “The Body in Equipoise” (Full Court Press, 2015), a chapbook on the theme of architecture and design. His second collection, “Father Silicon” (The Poet’s Press, 2006), was selected by The Kansas City Star as one of 100 Noteworthy Books of 2006.He is the editor of “Rabbit Ears: TV Poems” (NYQ Books, 2015), the first anthology of poetry about the mass medium.

All are welcome. Light refreshments will be served. Gallery U Boutique is located at 439 South Avenue West in Westfield, NJ. (909) 232-1895. 

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