American Poet To Read in Inchicore, July 30th

Date: 30th Jul 2009
American Poet To Read in Inchicore, July 30th

The Poetry Cell American Poet Angelo Verga will read in The Glen of Aherlow, 29 Emmet Road as part of the Poetry Cell readings on Thursday 30th of July at 8.pm Phone 0864099148 Angelo Verga, born 1945 in NYC, curates and hosts spoken word & poetry readings at The Cornelia Street Café in post-beat Greenwich Village. He has had two small books published and his poems have appeared in scores of journals and anthologies, including Massachusetts Review, Rattle, Home Planet News, The Patterson Literary Review, Hanging Loose, Mudfish, The Temple, Blue Mesa Review, Graffiti Rag, Greetings, Parting Gifts, Poetry Motel, Pearl. His work appears in a comprehensive & highly regarded new anthology of 20th century American verse, Birthday Poems (Thunder's Mouth @2002, edited by Jason Shinder). A postal worker for 30+ years, now "retired" and a full time writer, editor, teacher, and promoter of poetry in public spaces, Verga is married, has 3 children, 2 grandchildren, 3 as yet unpublished book length manuscripts, bicycles & drinks wine but not at the same time. He is also a founding member of Against the Tide: Poets for Peace. Given America's global hegemonic tendencies, his anti-war efforts might go on for a while. A Hurricane Is by Angelo Verga $15(Jane Street Press)ISBN: 0-723943-0-3(105 pages) "Angelo Verga's poems of testimony and painful clarity cast a fierce, urgent, disturbing, hard-earned view into the dark reaches of the American psyche. I admire their precision and rigorousness in both craft and vision, and I love that they are almost always ultimately generous to the poet's own pain and wonder, and to the pain and wonder of others. There's a remarkable urgency and vulnerability at the heart of almost every poem. These are poems with much beauty and honesty." —Jason Shinder "Angelo Verga's poems hurricane through urban subject matter with astounding clarity and force 'with every breath, regularly & continuously, like a messianic machine.' They 'snatch the greasy dishes, and fling them at the rusted pots and pans' of our way of life. Images swirl, narratives sting. This book resounds with indispensable noise; it's a wake-up call, filled with unflinching honesty, humor, and haunting tenderness." —Laure-Anne Bosselaar "Now here's a poet who knows how to begin a poem and push through fast and smooth. Zoom in anywhere in this book, you won't find an unsure beat. This collection speaks of the domestic world of the poet/speaker as much as it reaches out into the world at large. These are beautifully crafted poems." —Martha Rhodes "Angelo Verga is willing to take chances as he works through the two main energies of this book: awe before the mystery of love and outrage at the evil that people inflict upon themselves and others." —Hugh Seidman "Like a Zola or a Gogol, this 'Bronx poet' is as aware of the serious suffering and social perversion he sees around him in his urban landscape, as he is of the ironies of a bent and broken world. He brings a wry smile to our lips. Always accessible and never pretentious, Verga is a naturalistic poet of the streets with a lyrical beat and a view of the wide world from its gutters to its treetops." —Daniela