Matvei Yankelevich and Rob Fitterman at the Poetry Project

Monday, June 07, 2010

The Poetry Project held a reading on a recent humid Wednesday evening at St. Mark's Church in the East Village featuring the contemporary poets Matvei Yankelevich and Robert Fitterman. Both poets are somewhat topical in their subject matter.  Yankelevich balances idealism with irony in the treatment of his hip themes, while Fitterman favors humor with a hint of self-deprecation.

The room was packed. 

Use the player above to listen to the entire event.

Bon Mots

From "Come Off It": "Recycling/ Dumpster diving/ Reuse/ Repurpose/ Wine Is good for you/ The small press will save us/ You know whose side you're on/ Marginalized aesthetics speak to power/ Love is will less abandon." -- Matvei Yankelevich

From "Boris By The Sea": "At this point the story comes to a point/ And that point is too narrow for the story to pass though." -- Matvei Yankelevich

From "Bacon, Egg and a Roll on Bleecker Street": "Comments? Disappointing. The bacon is too plentiful and too crispy!" -- Robert Fitterman


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Georgia Kral


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