::Drumroll please:: The next COUPLET will be Saturday, February 16 at 7pm at The Delancey, starring:
1. Robert Gibbons
2. Paul Lisicky,
3. Lisa Marie Basile,
4. J Hope Stein
5. Leigh Stein.
Spread the word!!! Invite (with bios) coming soon on FB.
NOTES TO A YOUNG POET is inspired by Andrea Henchey’s poem of the same title, published in H_NGM_N #11. Without providing any guidelines, we’ve asked H_NGM_N authors to create their own Notes, which we will collect here for you to hold and love and unzip and crawl through—
On November 14th we’re hosting a free Hurricane Relief Benefit at The Gallery at Le Poisson Rouge. The event is free for everyone to come, but we will have a donation bucket at the door, as well as books for sale that will benefit relief funds, and we’ll also be donating 15% of bar sales to relief funds. (We’ll have more information on what relief funds will be benefitting soon. We’re just making sure we’re getting the money to where it’s needed most.)
InDigest Hurricane Relief Reading
Meakin Armstrong, David Blair, Evan Commander, Ashleigh Lambert, Robert Lopez, Ricardo Maldonado, David Moscovich, Dustin Luke Nelson, Joseph Riippi, Rodrigo Toscaño, Leah Umansky, and more.
6pm doors | 7pm show
The Gallery at Le Poisson Rouge
There will also be a book table where 100% of sales will go to relief efforts. Books will include books from Kay Ryan (signed), Joseph Riippi, Courtney Elizabeth Mauk, Brad Liening, Leigh Stein (signed), InDigest Editions, and more.
The Facebook Album from last night’s ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY Of COUPLET _ Halloween Edition! Featuring: Anthony Cappo, Gregory Crosby, Matthew Daddona, Michael Tyrell, Joe Winkler. Host/ Curator: Leah Umansky DJ/Co-Producer: Carlos Rey Sebastian
Short and sweet this week!
MONDAY: Salman Rushdie (Joseph Anton: A Memoir) [SYMPHONY SPACE]
TUESDAY: Junot Diaz (This is How You Lose Her) [BOOKCOURT]
WEDNESDAY: Daniel Mendelsohn (Waiting for the Barbarians) [POWERHOUSE]
THURSDAY: Jami Attenberg (Launch for The Middlesteins) [WORD]
FRIDAY: Couplet One-Year Anniversary! [THE DELANCEY]
Hope to see you there! Our 1 YEAR Anniversary- Halloween Edition! Friday 10/26 7pm downstairs at The Delancey. Five great poets. WEAR YOUR HALLOWEEN BEST! Follow us to Lolita Bar after 9!
COUPLET loves Cheryl Strayed.
You need to stop feeling sorry for yourself. I don’t say this as a condemnation—I need regular reminders to stop feeling sorry for myself too. I’m going to address you bluntly, but it’s a directness that rises from my compassion for you, not my judgment of you. You must separate the global injustice (why should some be shackled by student loan debt when others aren’t?) from the individual reality (I’ll be paying this damn bill forever).
As you and other long-time readers of this column may know, I’m a socialist at heart, but when it comes to the actual, individual way we live our lives, I adhere to an entirely pull-oneself-up-by-one’s-bootstraps creed. Nobody’s going to do your life for you. You have to do it yourself, whether you’re rich or poor, out of money or raking it in, the beneficiary of ridiculous fortune or terrible injustice. And you have to do it no matter what is true. No matter what is hard. No matter what unjust, sad, sucky things have befallen you. Self-pity is a dead end road. You make the choice to drive down it. It’s up to you to decide to stay parked there or to turn around and drive out.
Mark your calendars !! OCTOBER 26th is the one year anniversary of COUPLET at The Delancey! RSVP on Facebook
Featuring: Anthony Cappo, Gregory Crosby, Matthew Daddona, Michael Tyrell and Joe Winkler .
(HALLOWEEN THEMED !!!)
What we did: love. We did not spend our days gazing into each other’s eyes. We did that gazing when we made love or when one of us was in trouble, but most of the time our gazes met and entwined as they looked at a third thing.
—Donald Hall, Poetry, November 2004
Lydia Kiesling at The Millions talks about her search for wedding-appropriate literature, and points to an episode of This American Life where poet Donald Hall remembers his late wife the poet Jane Kenyon.