This week, the Commonwealth Reading Series continues at American Antiquarian Society, (Tuesday, April 9, 2013, 7 PM, 185 Salisbury Street, Worcester MA).
The series features MCC Artist Fellows/Finalists in literature. 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…
“This is the window she looked out of,” the tour guide with the white moustache says. Step right up folks and see that certain slant of light. Immortality looks like everyday stuff: chairs, doorknobs, Emily Dickinson’s white dress on a mannequin, protected by a Plexiglas box.
From Emily’s Dress and Other Missing Things by Kathryn Burak
We can love what we destroy. Or is it
the other way around?
From Yolks by Holly Guran
It is a quirk of the old house that the porch is often warmer in the winter than in late August. The afternoon sun slips between the neighboring houses at just the right angle, sending cascade of warm, orange light onto the empty wall.
From Souvenir by Caitlin O’Neil
The prison. The real cell.
The bars of one’s own
making. The scars, and flesh
beneath still quaking.
From A Credence by Danielle Legros Georges
Image (L to R): Kathryn Burak, Holly Guran (photo by Philip McAlary), Caitlin O’Neil, Danielle Legros Georges (photo by Priscilla Harmel).