|THU, November 18, 6:30 pm|
94 Avenue A at 6th Street, NYC
|Prose Pros presents prose readings – stories, essays, critique, and in-between forms by master writers. The programs pair two prose practitioners linked by agreement or opposition, by topic similarities or discordances. Meet writers new to you. See writers you know.
On November 18, two masters of reality blown apart – into Dada, surrealism, hypertext and beyond -- will display their takes on how poetry is written. Codrescu latest book, The Poetry Lesson isn’t a poem, isn’t a novel, isn’t a memoir, he says. It’s pure unhinged European sensibility of the same order that has been lighting up NPR radio, publishing “Exquisite Corpse,” and producing some 30 books of essays, poems and fiction since the 1960s.
CA Conrad’s muse is home grown in Philadelphia – or possibly in witchdom. He grew up in Amish country and “if I hadn’t run away I’d have gone to work in the local casket factory.” Like (and unlike) Codrescu, he has some unusual ideas about how and what starts a poetry engine running. His The Book of Frank was published last year.