Adrienne Rich, an influential writer and supporting contributor for the feminist movement, died on Tuesday, March 27. Her poetry is described as “jagged and colloquial, sometimes purposefully shocking, always controlled in tone, diction and pacing,” in New York Times article, A Poet of Unswerving Vision at the Forefront of Feminism. Rich was born in Baltimore in 1929 and was encouraged at an early age to write poetry by her father who taught at Johns Hopkins University.
All of this month’s BrickHouse events are free!
Sunday, April 1, 4-6 p.m. Launch party for Isaac Rehert’s renaissance at Minás Gallery and Boutique. When Isaac Rehert retired from a long and successful career at the Baltimore Sun, he began to study poetry. Since then he has been teaching a course called “How to Read a Poem” for the Renaissance Institute, a division of the College of Notre Dame. BrickHouse director Clarinda Harriss hosts. For more information contact Clarinda at CHarriss@towson.edu.
Wednesdays, April 4, 11, and 18, 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. Poetry Writing Workshops with Clarinda Harriss at the Enoch Pratt Central Library. Attendance at all three workshops is preferred but not required. Open to anyone 16 or older. UPDATE: The class is full but they’re taking names for a waiting list; please pre-register by calling 410-396-5487.
Saturday, April 14, 10-5 It’s the one and only City Lit Festival. We’ll be set up in the main hall of the Pratt Central Library all day. Come by to check out our latest publications and pitch us your ideas. Don’t forget that the Stonewall chapbook competition is still open. And from 11:30 to 12:20, Clarinda Harriss will be one of the readers at a showcase hosted by Little Patuxent Review.
Thursday, April 26, 6:30 p.m. Just in time for prom season, it’s a Poetic Formal at the Village Learning Place. Come in your best (or worst) formal wear for a reading of form poems—from the traditional to the twisted. Poets Shirley Brewer, Clarinda Harriss [that’s one busy press director], Bruce Sager, and Laura Shovan will be your chaperones and featured readers for an evening of glorious ghazals, sumptuous sestinas, tasty triolets, and seductive sonnets. Prizes will be awarded for formal wear, including: Worst Recycled Bridesmaid Dress, Best Blast from the Past, What Not to Wear, Best Accessories, Best Consignment Couture, and Crème de la Red Carpet. (Formal wear is optional.)
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Poems about poets: longer than R.I.P. but short enough to be carved on a tombstone (whether the poet is great, famous, and dead; great, famous, and alive; or great and obscure). Each poem is a gem whose facets are fact, wit, and lit crit. Order your copy now from our distributor, Itasca!
“Wesli Court” is the anagram pen-name that Lewis Turco, author of The Book of Forms, uses when he writes his traditionally formal poems and modern versions of Medieval verse. With typical good humor, Court has written Turco’s epitaph as well (though prematurely):
R.I.P. LEWIS TURCO
May 2, 1934 –
Here lies at last and out of work,
The syllabubble wordsmith Turk
Who finds he cannot now resort
For rime to his sidekick Wesli Court.
Do you have a hero you’d like to write an epitaph for? How about an enemy?