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The Poetry Center and Bird & Beckett Books & Records co-present musicians David Boyce (tenor saxophone), Hafez Modirzadeh (soprano saxophone), and Marshall Trammell (drums and percussion) in performance at Bird & Beckett Books & Records, San Francisco. The event, titled "Arcana Boil," also features poets Linda Norton, Brian Lucas, and Rod Roland, with Nicholas Whittington and Steve Dickison reading works by the late David Meltzer, as a celebration of the "Shuffle Boil" special edition of Whittington's magazine Amerarcana, guest-edited by Meltzer and Dickison. Each of the musicians and poets were contributors to the magazine. During March 2017, all Poetry Center programs were dedicated to the theme "Because We Come from Everything: Poetry and Migration," shared with 30+ organizations across the US engaged in the Poetry Coalition.
The Poetry Center, together with City Lights Books and The Green Arcade, present a 50th Anniversary reading of Frank O'Hara's Lunch Poems (City Lights Books Pocket Poets Series, 1964; 50th Anniversary Edition, 2014) at McRoskey Mattress Co., San Francisco. O'Hara's 43 poems from his book are performed in sequence by an array of Bay Area poets and friends.
The Poetry Center presents James Baldwin, speaking and in discussion with Philip Roth and John Cheever, the final event of a three-day Esquire Symposium on "Writers and Writing in America Today."
The Poetry Center presents the Lewis Jordan Trio in performance on the 116th anniversary of the birth of Langston Hughes. The trio, consisting of Lewis Jordan (voice, alto saxophone, harmonica), Sandra Poindexter (violin, electric violin, percussion), and Jimmy Biala (voice, percussion, drums), performs music to poetry by Langston Hughes, Lewis Jordan, and Bertolt Brecht, including some works found on the CD, Lewis Jordan and Music at Large, this is where i came in (Common Notions, 2017). The performance is followed by a conversation in response to questions from the audience.