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Brick Street South Poetry Series: Sue Swartz
June 15, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pmFree
Brick Street South Poetry Series features a poet and an open mic the third Thursday of every month. June’s featured poet is Sue Swartz.
Swartz is community organizer by training, born and bred in New York, and now lives happily in Bloomington, Indiana.
“Words. I’ve got a million of them. Some have been published by Ben Yehuda Press in We Who Desire. The poems in this volume use the text of the Torah (aka the 5 Books of Moses) as a starting point to explore themes of belief, covenant, liberation, choice, and yes — desire.
If you want a taste of what I have to say… here tis (below). I’m available for readings as well as teaching both adults & kids about the process of midrash/commentary-making.”
ON THE EIGHTH DAY
Aaron’s sons Nadav & Avihu offered before God strange fire
that had not been commanded—
On the eighth day, Alessandro Volta
put metal coins on his tongue
and prophesied sulfurous electricity.
On the eighth day, Leucippus
considered the true nature of the void,
Teller the true capacity of the sun.
Curie was entranced by radium,
and Maxwell by luminous radiations.
On the eighth day, there were isotopes,
cloud chambers, alpha rays.
Life was vaporized in a simple test
of hydrogen. On that day outside
planned creation, God peered
into the universe and was afraid for us—
Noisy children snapping berries
off a poisonous bush, racing
down the street with pointy twigs—
Didn’t I tell you to knock that off?
And burned to the nub two sons of priestly
inheritance. Before the whole assembly
were they offered up, a soothing savor.
Object lesson: this may you burn
in your copper pan, of this sinew and thigh
may you eat. But this intoxicating notion,
this 4-legged swarming-thing—
It is polluted meat. Strange fire.
Your blowtorch future.
Free admission and parking. Beer and wine for purchase.