The Wisdom Available at a Poetry Reading

I’ll be reading poetry tonight in Wallingford — just on the open mike, J. I. Kleinberg is the featured reader — and you may as well come along. (Follow this link to learn more:

I assume there will be some tributes to northwest poet Carolyn Kizer, who died last week at the age of 89. Several years ago, after a reading, I stood in line until about 10:00 at night to get my copy of her collected works signed. When I reached her, I blurted out, “I have little kids–I shouldn’t be out this late–my husband is going to be so mad!”

She looked up at me and her eyes widened, then she said, “Good!”

From the New York Times obituary:

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