Karen Brodine and Meridel Le Sueur: November 5, 1981
The Poetry Center presents poet-activists Karen Brodine and Meridel Le Sueur. Brodine reads poems from her then-newly published third book, Illegal Assembly (Hanging Loose Press, 1980), as well as the complete long poem, "Woman Sitting at the Machine, Thinking" (which would become the title poem to her posthumously published collection, Woman Sitting at the Machine, Thinking: Poems 1978–1987, from Red Letter Press, Seattle, 1990, carrying a preface by Le Sueur and introduction by Merle Woo). Legendary worker-poet, historian, and lifelong radical Meridel Le Sueur, alternating on stage with Brodine, reads poems from Rites of Ancient Ripening (Vanilla Press, 1975) and more recent work. The poets are introduced by SF State Creative Writing faculty member Frances Mayes (subsequently director of The Poetry Center), at San Francisco State University. Following their readings is a brief space for the writers to respond to questions from their audience.
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