Monday, April 2, 2012

The Meaninglessness of National Poetry Month in an Apocalyptic Year

Join us Wednesday, April 4, at 7pm in the auditorium to kick off National Poetry Month with professor and poet Mark Hennessy's talk "The Meaningless of National Poetry Month in an Apocalyptic Year".

Mark is the author of two collections of poetry, I Lost It all the Night the Day the Circus Came to Town and Cue the Bedlam. (He also holds the unacknowledged East Lawrence record for listening to "Someone Saved My Life Tonight" by Elton John most times in a row). 

The former rocker promises to entertain. In a 2005 interview with the Lawrence Journal-World, Mark said: "there is nothing off-limits in poetry. If you can't talk about something in a poem, where are you going to be able to talk about it?" You heard it from the man himself, so expect the unexpected!

He'll be sharing with us an interesting and irreverent reading and reflection as well as an unapologetically mathematical celebration of the singularity "4.4.2012". Not sure exactly what that means? Me neither. To find out, you'll just have to stop by and experience the magic and mayhem for yourself. 

For a preview, you can check out this podcast from Kansas Blotter Audio where Mark reads his poems "Frankenstein and the Late Frankenstein in the Sea" and "Frankenstein's Monster on Ice: Nothing in Intellect Unless First in Sense."

Beginning April 16th, Mark is also coordinating an installation in the front gallery of the Lawrence Arts Center featuring "everything poetry but the book". Be sure to visit this collaborative piece where poetry is set free from the confines of the page.

Stop by Mark's website for more information on his poetry, music, and art. 

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