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"Poets at an Exhibition" Sunday at Artpark

Summer typically lures the writers' community off campuses and away from familiar urban art spaces to some notably more picturesque venues.

One such site is the Buffalo Society of Artists Gallery in Artpark, which has been hosting a series of Sunday programs on the "Eye, Ear, and Mind of Art" all this month at its location at 450 S. FourthStreet in Lewiston.  This Sunday's program, called "Poets at an Exhibition," begins at 3 p.m. and is inspired by works of the Buffalo Society of Artists currently on exhibition in the Gallery. The lineup of poets and prose writers scheduled to read is particularly impressive.  
 
UB Poetry Collection Curator Michael Basinski, freshoff his success in opening "Discovering James Joyce: The University at Buffalo Collection" exhibit this past week at UB Anderson Gallery, will read from his always-heady and entertaining mix of conceptualist and improvisatory poetics. Joining him will beanother venerable community figure, Brother Augustine Towey, the founder and director emeritus of both the Artpark Repertory Theatre and the internationally recognized Niagara University Theatre. 

Longtime Slipstream magazine co-editors Robert Borgatti and Dan Sicoli are on the bill too, as are children's author and young adult novelist Norah Perez andLewiston librarian Michelle Kratt. Buffalo-based poet George Grace and veteran Niagara Falls writer Robert Baxter will also read from their work, as will poet Bob Gianetti, the proprietor of Bob's Olde Books in Lewiston, which organized and is co-sponsor of the series. 

The Sunday Programs in June at Artpark Gallery conclude at 3 p.m. June 28 with "The Mind's Eye and the Eye's Mind," a panel of artists, poets and prose writers reflecting on visual and verbal expression though readings and performances.
 
--R.D. Pohl

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