February 25, 2011
Frequency North, February 24
Ampersand Books, 2010) (see what I mean about "clever") as I found out. The staples of her poems are pop culture references, some quite dated (e.g., "Ringo," "Sharon Tate Man Up," "Fugazi Trains"); seemingly random leaps from titillating image to next exhuburant image, & the aforementioned cleverness (the title of one of her new poems is "De Forest Station"). God made frequent appearances in her poems, more as a character than a spiritual/religious concept ("Lonesome Cowgirls," "Waterfall," "Championship"), as did vomiting ("H1-N1," "Waterfall," "Such Beautiful Clothes"), & occasionally horses &/or unicorns. Other than saying, "this is a new poem" or "I never read this out loud" she offered no context for any of the poems, which made it a struggle for me to figure out what most of them were about, even those with obvious sex references.
Neither poet connected with the audience in a human, personal way & neither gave us any sense of where these poems came out of their lives, as if we are about to experience the Zombie re-birth of New Criticism. & even with Belz's jokes & the laughter there was no applause until the end of each reading. What is this with college readings & no clapping? Although tonight that was probably a good thing, saving time so we could get out of there sooner.
Check out the St. Rose website for more information on this series.