If I lived in, say, New York, I wouldn’t go to every reading I hear about. Too many. But they aren’t that common, and I try to go if I can. Today, I hopped down to Washington & Lee University to hear Melanie Almeder read from her book On Dream Street, along with Lesley Wheeler, reading from her new book, Heathen.
The readings were quite different, but I enjoyed them both. My favorites of Almeder’s were from a series on cures. From Wheeler’s reading I especially liked the “Daily Show Ekphrasis” and “The Fall”–at least those are the poems that stayed with me on the way home. (I bought the book, though, so I get another crack at them, except for the unpublished poems she read.)