Sunday, March 16th – 2:00 pm
Ivan Arguelles, Jack Foley and Clara Hsu: a Presentation of Poetry Hotel Press
Of the press and its intentions, co-publisher (with Clara Hsu)
Jack Foley puts it well indeed:
¶The point of “publication” is to make something public: “the song of me rising from bed and meeting the sun.” Walt Whitman—whom we see sitting in a chair in our own Poetry Hotel—is the patron saint of such activity: the moment when deep interiority finds its way into the world.
¶Clara Hsu and I imagine our Poetry Hotel to be the place in which such a meeting occurs. Paper? Electronic? In Whitman the word “leaves” is a pun: “leaves of grass,” but also each page of a book is a “leaf.” Our “leaves” may at times be nothing but electronic impulses, yet that moment of transformation—“The sound of the belched words of my voice loosed to the eddies of the wind”—is common to all the activities that take place at the Poetry Hotel.
¶We look for work that tells us, as Rilke (or was it Apollo?) did in a famous poem: “Du mußt dein Leben ändern” (“You must change your life”). Life-changing, transformative, interesting. “The necessity of poetry has to be stated over and over,” wrote Adrienne Rich in her introduction to Judy Grahn’s The Work of a Common Woman, published by Oakland, California’s Diana Press: “but only to those who have reason to fear its power, or those who still believe that language is ‘only words’ and that an old language is good enough for our descriptions of the world we are trying to transform.”
— from the Poetry Hotel Press website: poetryhotelpress.com
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