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Rae Armantrout poem in Washington Post

Poet’s Choice: “Money Talks” by Rae Armantrout

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/shortstack/2010/02/poets_choice_money_talks_by_ra.html

Poet’s Choice: “Money Talks” by Rae Armantrout

I wrote “Money Talks” in the fall of 2008 when we were hearing that the banks that had grown “too big to fail” were about to fail unless our representatives voted to give them huge subsidies. The poem really got started when I was thumbing through Vogue magazine and saw that “bondage and safari looks” were being touted that season. I thought those were some pretty interesting get-ups for the wealthy to wear as the middle class is driven towards bankruptcy. I began to imagine a personified Money sporting such styles. If you were a CEO, it might have been a good time to go on safari. Safari outfits are usually made of camouflage cloth. You might want to escape from view. On the other hand, bondage themed clothing might suggest that Money was a helpless victim, unable to help itself (or us). This vision of Money’s ensembles concludes the first section. When I’d written the first part, the poem still didn’t feel quite finished to me, so I let it sit for awhile. Then, not too much later, I was driving in Oakland, and I saw a billboard advertising a casino. I believe it showed an image of a roulette wheel. The only words on the billboard were the casino’s name and the command, “Shut up and play!” I imagined my personified Money saying this when it was tired of lying low and being coy. Stop complaining, Money says, and get back in the endless game. You may lose your house, but the House always wins.

Money Talks

1.

Money is talking
to itself again

in this season’s
bondage
and safari look,

its closeout camouflage.

Hit the refresh button
and this is what you get,

money pretending
that its hands are tied.

2.

On a billboard by the 880,

money admonishes,
“Shut up and play.”

Martha Hill reviewed in Dance Teacher magazine

Martha Hill and the Making of American Dance, by Janet Mansfield Soares,  was reviewed in the February issue of Dance Teacher magazine.

“In a nutshell: A lively portrait of Martha Hill’s formative role in modern dance in the United States. Martha Hill’s story as a catalyst in the development of American contemporary dance is often overshadowed by the likes of Martha Graham and Doris Humphrey. But author Janet Mansfield Soares does justice to the often unsung heroine by shedding light on her struggles and dedication to turning the artform into a serious area of study.”

­­–Dance Teacher, February 2010

Announcing Support from the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving

Wesleyan University Press received a $50,000 grant from the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, to support publication of five books in 2010, as part of a new series.

The grant includes fuding for four distinct types of poetry book, including second books and translations, and for a book in any genre by a Connecticut author. Together the books will be known as the “The Driftless Series.” Driftless books for 2010 will include: Exposition Park by Roberto Tejada, Rococo and Other Worlds by Afzal Ahmed Syed, translated by Musharraf Farooqi, Elegguas by Kamau Brathwaite, A Spicing of Birds: Poems for Birders by Emily Dickinson, selected and introduced by Josephine Miles Schuman and Joanna Bailey Hodgman and Balasaraswati: Her Art and Life by Douglas M. Knight, Jr.

The Driftless Series is funded by the Beatrice Fox Auerbach Foundation Fund at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving

Upcoming events with Dan DeLuca/”The Old Leather Man”

Upcoming events with Dan DeLuca, author of The Old Leather Man

January 30th, 10AM
Avon Free Public Library
281 Country Club Road
Avon, CT
860-673-9712
www.avonctlibrary.info
February 21st, 4-6PM
Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum
258 Main Street
Ridgefield, CT
203-438-4519
$10 Non-members (free for members)
www.aldrichart.org
May 18th, 6PM
New Milford Public Library
24 Main St.
New Milford, CT 06776
phone: 860-355-1191
www.biblio.org/newmilford/
Booksales provided by Book Nook

January 30th, 10AM
Avon Free Public Library
281 Country Club Road
Avon, CT
860-673-9712
www.avonctlibrary.info

February 21st, 4-6PM
Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum
258 Main Street
Ridgefield, CT
203-438-4519
$10 Non-members (free for members)
www.aldrichart.org

March 17th, 8PM
Wallingford Historical Society
180 South Main St.
Wallingford, CT
203-294-1996

May 18th, 6PM
New Milford Public Library
24 Main St.
New Milford, CT 06776
phone: 860-355-1191
www.biblio.org/newmilford/
Booksales provided by Book Nook

Martha Hill reviewed in Back Stage

Martha Hill and the Making of American Dance, by Janet Mansfield Soares, was reviewed in Back Stage magzine.

“One of the finest dance biographies I have ever read, Soares’ work represents the perfect blend of colorful and pertinent factual details and larger contextualizing ideas. I was amazed at how quickly I whizzed through the lengthy volume and how much I learned about a topic with which I was already very familiar. If you know little about Hill and modern dance, this book will introduce you to fascinating information. If you know quite a bit about the subject, it will captivate you even more.” -Lisa Jo Sagolla, Back Stage