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September 27, 2004

KGB Poetry: Better Read than...Ahhh, Too Obvious

by Ron Hogan

I've been told that Christian Hawkey will be reading from his first book of poems, The Book of Funnels, at KGB tonight (7 P.M., to be exact). Hawkey's a co-editor of the poetry journal Jubilat--which, as it happens, hosted a reading in Amherst yesterday, and will be hosting another one on October 24th with Nick Flynn and Matthea Harvey, two poets published by Graywolf Press. Although these days Flynn may be getting more attention as the author of Another Bullshit Night in Suck City, the memoir the NYTBR can't bring itself to name. (The thing that throws me is the inability to say "in suck city.") And I've been a fan of Harvey's Sad Little Breathing Machine ever since I heard her read from it last spring.

Oh, and keep an eye out for fifteen Hawkey poems in the fall 2004 Conjunctions, an assortment selected by John Ashbery, who counts himself among Hawkey's admirers.

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