Monday, October 29, 2007

This Ain't 1982!

Before the Reading
Originally uploaded by Michael_Kelleher
Last night we held the launch party for Human Scale and also for Hello Helicopter, Kyle Schlesinger's latest offering from Blazevox, at Rust Belt books. We had a great crowd, and we fed them well. Geoffrey Gatza and Kevin Thurston cooked enough delicious food to feed a poetry army. This was the invite:

Book Release Party For Mike Kelleher and Kyle Schlesinger!

Remember, Remember the Twenty-Eighth of October
For Kelleher, Kyle and Cooking!
I know of no reason why Gunpowder Treason should ever be forgot.
Michael Kelleher, Kyle Schlesinger, t'was their intent to blow up Rust Belt Books.
Three-score barrels of powder below to prove old Buffalo’s overthrow;
By God's providence they was catch'd with a dark lantern and burning match.
Holloa boys, holloa boys, let the bells ring.
Holloa boys, holloa boys, God save the King!

Holla Back Girl!

Cooking by Geoffrey Gatza And Kevin Thurston

Thai Roasted Whitefish & Tilapia with Plum Tamarind Yogurt

Pumpkin Apple curry with Jasmine Rice

Butternut Squash and Sweet Potato salad

Harvard Beets with Mango and Dijon

Brown Rice with Sultanas and cranberries

Tomato and Sweet Onion pasta salad


Mulled Ginger Cider
Snacks, cookies and creams


Chocolate Popcorn

Belgian Cocoa Brownies

Crystallized Ginger, Pineapple and Apple Pudding

Just Buffalo Mocha Spice Cake with Candle

Special feature: Fritz the Pumpkin

And, no kidding, this was all served between the bookcases at our favorite used bookstore. The other great entertainment for the evening (besides, of course, our readings) was a very drunk heckler who came in during my reading. He was fairly easy to ignore, but I did have to fight to be heard over his voice once or twice. He said some hilarious things, all of which Kevin Thurston managed to write down and post to his blog. He also rated my reading 3 out of 4.5 stars, which I'll take as a compliment. Here's the list:

yer a fix
proper oats
the reservoir
new york
woody the woodpecker
kill party
the door
the yeast infection
orange crush
happy days are here again!
joan jett
eric the viking
jesus & that mary chain
fish is good
oh, pardon me, the big shits
sounds right
this ain't 1982

Anyhow, it was great to hear Kyle's work and to read with him for the first time. Also gratifying to see so many people out for a reading. The crowds at poetry readings this season have so far been superb. I've yet to go to one with fewer than 25 in the audience. Seems like lots of new folks have shown up in town -- either in the poetics program or just as part of the scene, which is really fantastic news for everyone.

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