This poetic collaboration still has my strikingly beautiful head spinning… metaphorically of course!
Billed as an event intended to investigate “poetry as data” and sponsored by the Newark Arts Council and the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival (coming soon – Oct 23 – 26), METADATA went above and beyond expectations. An opaque curtain hung from the ceiling of the main room at 127 Halsey Street in Newark, bifurcating the modest space and encouraging visitors to mingle freely with readers and other artists. Headphones dangled tantalizingly from suspended cords and rewarded curious listeners with an ongoing recording of the headlining poets reading their work. Intersperse all these sensory monkey shines with real, live poets reading at a microphone, and you may begin to appreciate the wonderful confusion of this innovative event.
The very talented readers (some of whom performed their work remotely and were beamed in, as it were, via headphones) included: Dinah Fay (@), Dana Jaye Cadman (@), Michael Van Calbergh, Melissa Adamo, Britt Melewski, Paula Neves, Margie ‘Mia X’ Johnson, Jorge Sánchez (@), Marina Carreira, Hyun Cho, and the inimitable Sean Battle. Idea dreamed up by the wonderful artist Brendan Mahoney (@bjamesmahoney) and implemented in collaboration with Dodge Foundation-sponsored poetess Catherine Doty. Mlle. Doty will be a reader at this year’s Dodge Poetry Festival.
During the art opening for METADATA last Friday, there was an impromptu poetry reading which included some of the poets that had originally collaborated with Msr. Mahoney for the art installation (whose voice could be heard from the headphones) as well as other local poets from Newark and beyond.
I do enjoy talking about myself. As it turns out, so do humans. Now isn’t this a fortuitous turn of events? Thanks to Msr. Mahoney, Mlle. Doty, and the curators of this space, I have a reason to talk about myself, talking about them, talking about art… which is about all of us. Heaven on earth. Grazie.