Monday, February 16, 2009

Spend Wednesday night with Vievee Francis, Matthew Olzmann, and Blair

If you've been looking for a good excuse to check out the Detroit Artists Market, this Wednesday night is a good one. Poets Vievee Francis, Matthew Olzmann, and Blair will be reading at 7 p.m.

Vievee and Matthew are friends of mine. They are good folks and good poets. Vievee is finishing up her MFA at UofM, which is how I met her and then kind of re-met Matthew, who I had seen around town here and there but had never been officially introduced. Matthew's chapbook The Discarded Halo was published in 2007 and Vievee's book Blue Tail Fly was published by Wayne State University Press in 2006. It is a most excellent book.

"It is crucial to me to read my work to audiences. Voice can layer the poem, provide another valence that can increase its resonance, much the way wordless sounds do for song, the open "O," the moan, the hum, those sounds carry the song farther. Voice can carry the poem farther," Vievee told the Metro Times in 2007.

This is definitely worth checking out.

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