"For all my fascination, and sickness with, postmodern forms of social negativity, these poems desire and reflect the near-impossibility of social rupture," writes poet Judith Goldman in the introduction her most recent book "l.b.; or, catenaries" (Krupskaya Press, 2011).
Written "thick in conversation with" Wordsworth and Coleridge's "Lyrical Ballads" (1798) [the 'l.b.' of her title], Goldman's book proposes to "renovate… for the 21st century" what Wordsworth describes as the "Lyrical Ballads" aesthetic and moral project as "an experiment...to ascertain how far, by fitting to metrical arrangement a selection of the real language of men in a state of vivid sensation," poetry may impart its pleasure to the reader.
"Like [Wordsworth], I am interested in conveying and perhaps manipulating affect through language," she writes. "Like him, I'm in search of tones (musical and attitudinal) that are both the quotidiana and marginalia of contemporary existence. I'm drawn to the chafing, the awkward, the threadbare, the shaming and belittling, the angry, andd thee lowly comic--as to prickly self-consciousness and seemingly less conscious self-aggrandizement…[These poems] explore the many ways we fail to fall out of relation even as minimized and maximized connection becomes messy, violent, and incoherent."
Goldman, whose other books and chapbooks include “The Dispossessions”
[chapbook] (Atticus Finch, 2009),"DeathStar/Rico-chet" (O Books, 2006)
and "Vocoder" (Roof Books, 2001), is an assistant professor of
English at the University at Buffalo and teaches in the UB Poetics
This afternoon she joins fellow poets Joey Yearous-Algozin, and Joshua Ware, the band The Winter Coats (whose frontman is the Buffalo-based poet Peter Letson Williams), and Sugar City visual artists Bobby Griffiths and Dylan England (drawing murals with chalk as you watch) in the latest installment of the Silo City Reading Series, taking place from 5 p.m. to dusk (approximately 8:30 p.m.) in the The Perot Grain Elevator (follow the balloon clusters and posted signage), at Silo City, 92 Childs St., on Buffalo's waterfront. Admission is free, and the event is open to the public.
About the other featured poets:
Joey Yearous-Algozin is a Ph.D. candidate at the UB Poetics Program, co-editor of the journal P-Queue, and a member of the TROLL THREAD publishing collective. His many books include "The Lazarus Project: Friday the 13th" and "The Lazarus Project: Alien Vs. Predator" (Troll Thread Press).
Joshua Ware lives in Lincoln, Nebraska, where he teaches writing and is pursuing his Ph.D. at the University of Nebraska. His first book "Homage to Homage to Homage to Creeley," won the 2010 Furniture Press Poetry Prize and was published in 2011.