The Commonwealth Reading Series, featuring readings by recent MCC Artist Fellows/Finalists in Fiction/Creative Nonfiction and Poetry, concludes this week with a superb (if we do say so ourselves) line-up at the Cambridge Public Library.
The final reading in the series takes place Tuesday, April 30, 2013, 7 PM, 449 Broadway, Cambridge, MA. This event, like all events in the series, is free and open to the public.
A brief sampling of work by Tuesday’s featured writers and poets:
We trickled out, and the room fell quiet. The doctors removed her lines. And surrounded by twenty four lovely red and white balloons, she waited to die.
From While We Waited by Tien-Yi Lee
Little lizard, little lizard,
with your eyes sewn open
and your lips stitched tight,
was it the sun you struck
with your tongue and swallowed
or was it the night?
From Boca Negra by Martin Edmunds
I met Billy Aitch’s sister again when she needed help burying a man.
From Sand by Mary O’Donoghue
Was I really only your little goat that last afternoon
mullions making shadows on my bedroom floor?
From Stand Straight, My Little Goat by Lynne Potts
There was no getting out of it. Nikolai had me take over their table while their server – a petite woman in her early thirties – took not one but two of my tables in exchange. Nikolai wanted to make sure I could give the VIP table my full attention.
From Stolen by Daniela Petrova
Image (L to R): Tien-Yi Lee; Mary O’Donoghue; cover art for THE HIGH ROAD TO TAOS by Martin Edmunds (National Poetry Series 1994); Lynne Potts; Daniela Petrova