Suzi Kaplan Olmsted and Peter Marti will be reading for Sparring with Beatnik Ghosts on Friday September 28, 2012 at the Beat Museum (540 Broadway, San Francisco). Suzi and Peter will be reading from their new publications: Elektra’s Mouth (Olmsted) and Elephants I Didn’t Ride (Marti), both Virgogray Publications. Poet, Marc Olmsted hosts, other poet guests include, Sky Smith and Kathleen Wood. Poetry open mic lottery to take place! 7 PM, brought to you by Marc Olmsted and Sparring with Beatnik Ghosts.
Poet extraordinaire recently sent us some thoughts on Suzi Kaplan Olmsted’s newest release, Elektra’s Mouth:
“Tortured by too many gifts to serve each well, Suzi Kaplan decided, to our great benefit, to pour what she knows of this impossible life into the very heart of story. Also, in a time when almost everyone lies, she has decided to tell the truth, in poetry, no less. And so, this book and the ones that will follow. I have been fortunate to have known her so many years and to stand by her as we are all so honored to do. ”
– Deena Metzger, author of Ruin and Beauty, New and Selected Poems (Red Hen Press, 2009) and Writing For Your Life (HarperCollins, 1992).
Elektra’s Mouth by Suzi Kaplan Olmsted shoots the moon. Visual jazz counterpoint provided by Marc Olmsted, helping set fire to this beautiful burning house of love.
~ S.A. Griffin, Los Angeles-based poet, DJ for killradio.org and co-editor of The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry, awarded The Firecracker Award as best in alternative press, and named Best Performance Poet byWanda Coleman for the LA Weekly in 1989, Griffin has traveled extensively throughout theWestern United States and Canada with Los Angeles based poetry/performance ensemble, The Carma Bums.