Poetry Time!

Photo credit: Courtesy of John Giorno Archive

CC staff writer and critically lauded poet Steve Dalachinsky will be part of two essential poetry slams this weekend. If you're not hip to him, or any of the other poets name-checked below, please mark your calendar and witness their glorious words and inspired readings in person.

The poetry event Dial-A-Poem Marathon, will take place at Red Bull Arts New York -- 220 West 18th Street (between Seventh and Eighth Avenues) -- on July 29th as part of the Ugo Rondinone: I ♥ John Giorno project. Readers include Penny Arcade, Janani Balasubramanian, Anselm Kerrigan, Alexis Bhagat, Billy Cancel, Todd Colby, Steve Dalachinsky, Helga Davis, Chris Funkhouser, Adjua Gargi Nzinga Greaves, David Henderson, Shelley Hirsch, Bob Holman, Christopher Knowles, Julie Martin, E.J. McAdams, Jonas Mekas, Tracie Morris, David Boscovich, Tommy Pico, Nicole Sealey, and Edwin Torres.

Celebrating Giorno’s pioneering career and the continued vitality of American poetry, the marathon will be recorded for later broadcast. Created by John Giorno and active from 1969 to 1971, Dial-A-Poem was a series of phone lines that connected callers to answering machines with recordings of poetry, speeches, words, rants, mantras, and sounds left by a number of poets, musicians, artists and other cultural figures.

The readings run from 12 noon to 7 p.m. and includes such wonders as Shelley Hirsch and Bob Holman, and a host of others not known to me. Mr. Dalachinsky will hit at 3:30 p.m. for a solid 15 minutes of chaos, or something to that effect. Come by; it's a free event.

The next day, July 30th, Steve and his better half Yuko will read on Governor's Island in New York City as part of the three-day poetry festival entitled The New York City Poetry Festival with Susan Brennan, Lea and other folks at 11 a.m. & 3 p.m.

Plenty of free poetry all weekend. What a deal. Be inspired by magical words by some extraordinary talented poets and artists.

peace, Dusty