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The Poetry Center presents Dennis Cooper and Eileen Myles reading at McRoskey Mattress Co., San Francisco. Dennis Cooper reads his early story "My Mark," included in the New Narrative anthology Writers Who Love Too Much: New Narrative Writing 1977-1997, edited by Dodie Bellamy and Kevin Killian (Nightboat Books, 2017). Eileen Myles reads an older poem along with new poems in manuscript form before reading from her book Afterglow (a dog memoir) (Grove Press, 2017). This event is co-sponsored by The Poetry Center and The Green Arcade, in conjunction with Communal Presence: New Narrative Writing Today, a conference held at UC Berkeley and related venues, October 13-15, 2017, organized and convened by Daniel Benjamin, Chris Chen, Lyn Hejinian, and Eric Sneathen.
The Poetry Center presents June Jordan reading her essay "Requiem for the Champ" (written in response to boxer Mike Tyson having been convicted of sexual assault) followed by a selection of poems from Things That I Do in the Dark: Selected Poems, 1954–1977 (Random House, 1977), Passion (Beacon Press, 1980), Haruko: Love Poems (Serpent's Tail., 1993), Living Room: New Poems (Thunder's Mouth Press, 1985), Kissing God Goodbye (Anchor Books, 1997), and Directed by Desire: The Complete Poems of June Jordan (Copper Canyon Press, 2005).