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Want to Read at a Metro Rhythm Event?

Do you enjoy poetry readings? Hardwood floors? The occasional Friday evening performance? Looking to get more involved in our literary community? Are you a fan of smoke breaks in a Brooklyn backyard? Do you like wine?

Now’s the time to send your work!

Metro Rhythm is currently seeking submissions for our 2011-2012 readings. If you’re interested in reading at one of our events, please send 3-5 poems (and a brief bio if you feel like it) to metrorhythmreadingseries@gmail.com.

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Last Reading of the Season, with Paul Legault

Paul Legault

June has arrived, and with it, the second season of Metro Rhythm readings must draw to a close… but before we go, one last treat that will stick to your ribs and astound your poetic palate.

This month we are very proud and excited to present Paul Legault, Natalie Eilbert, Allyson Paty, and John Fenlon Hogan. The reading will be held Saturday, June 11, 2011, at our usual beloved location, Blue Angel Wines in Williamsburg. And you know what that means: a houseful of poets, drinks and carousing– with all the comforts of Brooklyn and even a yard out back for your break-time wanderings.

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Paul Legault was born in Ontario and raised in Tennessee. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Virginia and a BFA in Screenwriting from the University of Southern California. His poems have been published in Boston Review, Denver Quarterly, FIELD, Pleiades, Maggy, SUPERMACHINE, and other journals. He is the author of two books of poetry, The Madeleine Poems (Omnidawn, 2010) and The Other Poems, which is forthcoming from Fence Books in 2011. He co-founded and co-edits the translation press Telephone Books. Paul lives with his husband, Orion Jenkins, in Brooklyn, NY and works at the Academy of American Poets.

Natalie Eilbert received her MFA in poetry from Columbia University. Her work has appeared in InDigest, Colorado Review, Copper Nickel, DIAGRAM, Boxcar Poetry Review, and others. She is currently working on her first full-length manuscript, which is largely based around the “Venus” of Willendorf.

Allyson Paty was raised in New York City, where she continues to live. Her poems have appeared in publications such as Tin House, Boxcar Poetry Review, and Low Log, among others. Her collaborations with Danniel Schoonebeek can be found on The Awl and Underwater New York.

John Fenlon Hogan was born and raised in Northern Virginia.  He works for a financial services firm where he specializes in revocable living trust investment vehicles.  He also attends Columbia’s MFA program and is the current poetry editor of Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art.  His poetry and articles on financial advising have appeared or are forthcoming in Do Not Go Gentle, Ekphrasis, and The Washington Times, among others.

Come join us and get your dose of great poems, fine wine, and sparkling company before summer takes hold! And don’t forget to RSVP on Facebook!

Argos Books Reading with Anselm Berrigan

Anselm Berrigan

It’s been a fantastic year! But we’re not done yet. Metro Rhythm is teaming up this May with Brooklyn’s own Argos Books for a night that will include readings by Anselm Berrigan, Bianca Stone, Marina Blitshteyn, Danielle Blau and Jess Grover. The event will be held on Friday, May 13 at 8:00 p.m. at Blue Angel Wines in Williamsburg.

Argos will print a broadside excerpt from Berrigan’s forthcoming Notes from Irrelevance (Wave, 2011) to commemorate the evening. Broadsides will be available at the reading for $8.

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Anselm Berrigan is the author of four books of poetry, most recently Free Cell (City Lights Books, 2009). Other books include Some Notes on My Programming (Edge, 2006) and Zero Star Hotel (Edge, 2002). He is the current poetry editor for The Brooklyn Rail, and co-editor with Alice Notley and Edmund Berrigan of The Collected Poems of Ted Berrigan (U. California, 2005) and the Selected Poems of Ted Berrigan (U. California, 2011). A member of the subpress publishing collective, he has published Selected Poems of Steve Carey (2009) and Your Ancient See Through by Hoa Nguyen (2002).  He lives in New York City, where he grew up, with his wife, the poet Karen Weiser, and their daughter Sylvie.

Bianca Stone is the creator and co-curator of the Ladder Poetry Series, and editor of Monk Books. Her most recent poetry publications include Agriculture Reader, Conduit, Crazyhorse and Best American Poetry 2010. Her chapbook, Someone Else’s Wedding Vows, was released by Argos Books last year. Her blog is Poetry Comics.

Marina Blitshteyn wants to live many lives in one life. She studied at SUNY Buffalo. Instead, she’ll have to live one life intensely. She studies at Columbia University. Her first poetry chapbook, Russian for Lovers, was launched on February 24th, 2011 by Argos Books. She loves her friends. (Also, she’s been blogging about her new chappy at Jewish Book Council!)

Danielle Blau‘s poems, short stories, articles and interviews have appeared in The New Yorker Book Bench blog, The Atlantic online, Black Clock, The Wolf, Brown Literary Review, Perigee: Publication for the Arts, Minetta Review, The L Magazine, and multiple issues of Unsaid, among other publications. An MFA candidate in poetry at NYU’s Creative Writing Program, Blau currently resides in Ridgewood, Queens.

Jess Grover is an MFA candidate at Brooklyn College and a poetry editor at InDigest magazine.

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Dorothea Lasky to Read in April

Dorothea Lasky

Spring is in the air—well, almost—and we’re getting over our winter blues. Sounds like a good excuse to drink wine, right? Plus, we can’t freaking wait to present five fantastic readers for our event this April: Dorothea Lasky, Julia Guez, Danniel Schoonebeek, Emily Brandt and Eric Helms Dalton.

The reading will be held at 8:00 pm on April 14, 2011 at Blue Angel Wines in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

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Dorothea Lasky is the author of Black Life and AWE, both out from Wave Books. She is also the author of several chapbooks, including Poetry is Not a Project (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2010). Currently, she lives in New York City.

After five years of service with Teach For America, Julia Guez is now living in New York, working part-time at The Academy of American Poets.  While pursuing a Masters in Fine Arts at Columbia, she has been awarded a Waletsky and Fulbright Fellowship.  New work is appearing in Court Green and Washington Square.  An interview with the poet, Paul Legault, is now on-line at BOMBLOG.

Danniel Schoonebeek’s work has appeared in Tin House, The Rumpus, Publishers Weekly, The Awl, Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art, Maggy, and Underwater New York. He was born in the Catskills.

Emily Brandt is cofounding editor of No, Dear Magazine. In addition to teaching high school English here in Brooklyn, she also teaches creative writing to Veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars through a fellowship at NYU.

Eric Helms Dalton hails from Southern Pines, North Carolina. He graduated from Furman University, majoring in English and Earth and Environmental Science.  He is currently an M.F.A. candidate in poetry at Columbia University.  Outside of reading and writing, he finds most interesting and of use climbing, tennis and working at MoMA P.S.1.

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*Anyone interested in reading for Metro Rhythm in the future should send 3-5 poems and a brief cover letter to metrorhythmreadingseries@gmail.com. Visit our contact page for more info.

Don’t know about you, but Metro Rhythm has been feeling the cold. In harsh months, fettered by an absence of fantasia, one searches for what will suffice; that which will excite the senses and tickle the mind. And that, my friends, is poetry and wine.

This month, Metro Rhythm is proud to present Ken Chen, Alex Dimitrov, E.C. Belli and Sam Ross (plus cheap booze and long smoke breaks) for our first reading of the year. The event will be  held on February 18th, 2011, and as always, is free and open to the public.

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Ken Chen is the 2009 recipient of the Yale Series of Younger Poets Award. His debut poetry collection, Juvenilia (Yale, 2010) was selected by Louise Gluck. A graduate of Yale Law School, Mr. Chen abandoned a promising career at a Wall Street law firm to become the Executive Director of The Asian American Writers’ Workshop. His work has been published in Best American Essays 2006, The Boston Review of Books, The Yale Anthology of American Poetry, Fence, jubilat, Film International, C-Theory, Radical Society, and Art Asia Pacific.

Alex Dimitrov is the founder of Wilde Boys, a queer poetry salon in New York City. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in the Kenyon Review, Yale Review, Boston Review, New York Quarterly, and others. He works at the Academy of American Poets and frequently writes for Poets & Writers magazine.

A Swiss native, E.C. Belli’s poetry and translations have appeared or are forthcoming in FIELD, Hayden’s Ferry ReviewThe Antioch ReviewWestern Humanities ReviewCaketrainMid-American ReviewEurope: revue littéraire mensuellePO&SIEVoix d’Encre, and Cerise Press, among others. Her chapbook Plein Jeu is the winner of Accents Publishing’s 2010 Poetry Chapbook Contest and her work was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She is the recipient of a Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans and writes in both French and English.

Sam Ross was born in Indiana and is currently a student in the M.F.A. program in poetry at Columbia University. He has a B.A. in English and Political Science from Indiana University and a Master of Science in Teaching from Pace University which he earned while teaching 8th grade English in Brooklyn with Teach For America. He was a finalist for the Sycamore Review‘s Wabash Poetry Prize and has work forthcoming in an anthology from Argos Books.

Metro Rhythm Reading 10.22.10

This month Metro Rhythm is proud to present five outstanding poets: Meghan O’Rourke, Eleanor Lerman, Sarah V. Schweig, Zachary Pace and Jay Deshpande.  The reading will be held at Blue Angel Wines in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.  Details below.

Blue Angel Wines

638 Grand Street (btw. Leonard & Manhattan Aves.)

Brooklyn, NY 11211

The event will be held at 8:00 P.M. BST (Brooklyn Standard Time).

To get there, take the L to the Lorimer stop, or the G to Metropolitan.

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Meghan O’Rourke is the author of the poetry collection Halflife, a finalist for the Forward First Book Prize, and the forthcoming The Long Goodbye, an examination of grief. Her second book of poems, In Defense of Pain, will be published in 2011. A culture critic for Slate and advisory editor for The Paris Review, she lives in Brooklyn.

Eleanor Lerman is a native New Yorker and unrepentant member of the Woodstock Nation. She has also been a guide in a Chinese museum, the manager of a harpsichord kit workshop, and a comedy writer. Connections between the humor of the human condition and the mysteries of infinity are the hallmark of her thirty-five-year-long writing career, for which she has received numerous awards including a National Book Award nomination, an NEA grant, and the Lenore Marshall Poetry Award from the Academy of American Poets. She is the author of four previous collections of poetry and two collections of short stories.  Her most recent book is The Sensual World Re-emerges (Sarabande, 2010).

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Sarah V. Schweig’s poems have appeared in Boston Review, Western Humanities Review, and Verse Daily.  Her chapbook, S, is forthcoming through Dancing Girl Press.  She lives in Boerum Hill.

Zachary Pace attended Purchase College and Sarah Lawrence. He created and curates Projection, a multimedia reading series. He lives and works in Brooklyn.

Jay Deshpande was born in Texas and raised in the Northeast. He has taught in Egypt, France, and the United States, and currently is pursuing his MFA at Columbia University.

Metro Rhythm is pleased to announce that we will be hosting poet and story-writer Eleanor Lerman at our reading series this October.

Lerman is the author of five books of poetry, most recently The Sensual World Re-Emerges (Sarabande, 2010) and Our Post-Soviet History Unfolds (2005), the latter of which received the Lenore Marshall Award from the Academy of American Poets for the year’s most outstanding book of poetry.  She is also the author of The Blonde on the Train and Other Stories, published by Mayapple Press in 2009, and recently completed a novel, Janet Planet, based on the life of Carlos Castaneda.

About herself, Lerman writes:

“My first book of poetry, Armed Love, was published when I was 21.  It was nominated for a National Book Award, but when it was reviewed in The New York Times, it was called “X-Rated.”  You have to remember that was 30 years ago, and young women weren’t supposed to write books about sex, drugs and rock and roll, which was the subject of the poems in that volume.  I spent a brief time as a minor cultural icon that year, which I was not prepared for.”

It would be another twenty-five years until Lerman was approached by Sarah Gorham, president of Sarabande Books and long-time admirer of Lerman’s work.  Gorham asked if Lerman might have a book for Sarabande, and the press subsequently published The Mystery of Meteors, Lerman’s third book, in 2001.

Of Lerman’s work, Tony Hoagland states, “Eleanor Lerman’s poems have sociological savvy, philosophical rue, historical recognition, and vernacular resilience. They sing a song that is bravely gloomy, but they sing it with a fierce and earned dignity.”

Lerman is a lifelong New Yorker, and lives in Long Beach, Long Island.

You can read more about Lerman, as well as some of her poetry, at the Academy of American Poets website.

Visit Lerman’s website at http://www.eleanorlerman.com.

Read some of Lerman’s work below.


That Sure is My Little Dog

Yes, indeed, that is my house that I am carrying around

on my back like a bullet-proof shell and yes, that sure is

my little dog walking a hard road in hard boots. And

just wait until you see my girl, chomping on the chains

of fate with her mouth full of jagged steel. She’s damn

ready and so am I. What else did you expect from the

brainiacs of my generation? The survivors, the nonbelievers,

the oddball-outs with the Cuban Missile Crisis still

sizzling in our blood? Don’t tell me that you bought

our act, just because our worried parents (and believe me,

we’re nothing like them) taught us how to dress for work

and to speak as if we cared about our education. And

I guess the music fooled you: you thought we’d keep

the party going even to the edge of the abyss. Well,

too bad. It’s all yours now. Good luck on the ramparts.

What you want to watch for is when the sky shakes

itself free of kites and flies away. Have a nice day.


(from Our Post-Soviet History Unfolds)



The Sensual World Re-Emerges

You are on the subway, going uptown

This is the same train that your father rode,

the same city where your grandfather

made wigs in a windowless basement,

in a year so far gone it has faded into nothing

All day, you have been annoyed by

incidental problems and you are still

solving them in your mind as you drowse

In other words, you have gone over

You are not drowsing. You are asleep

But I don’t blame you. So am I

When you reach your stop, you change

for another train that takes you out

to the dark suburbs, where you must

walk along a dark road. Just before

you reach the lighted street that leads

to home, from within a stand of trees

the sensual world re-emerges, in all its

naked, jackal-headed beauty, holding

the moon in its outstretched hand

But you aren’t afraid: the sensual world

is an old friend. Or is it?  Lately,

you have been forgetting things

and you aren’t really sure

And so it stalks away, angry not

to have been embraced, leaving you

on your own, with one foot

on the shining path and

one foot closer to the pit

Call me. I have left my number

everywhere. I want to know

how this story turns out


(from The Sensual World Re-Emerges)



“That Sure is My Little Dog.” From Our Post-Soviet History Unfolds by Eleanor Lerman, published by Sarabande Books. Copyright © 2005. Used with permission.  All rights reserved.

“The Sensual World Re-Emerges.” From The Sensual World Re-Emerges by Eleanor Lerman, published by Sarabande Books. Copyright © 2010. Used with permission. All rights reserved.