Shortly before the advent of 2023, I pulled the same Tarot card, always reversed, three times. It was the Three of Cups. The first time, it was greeted by a foreboding chorus of uh-oh’s. The second time, a borrowed cat chose it for me. The third time, I knew it was coming, and had prepared myself to answer to the image: Wounds become scars, and scars tell stories of adventure.
On New Year’s Day, I read Alice Notley’s The Prophet, (1979), which starts with, “They say there is a dying star which is traveling in two directions. / Don’t brood over how you may have behaved last night. If you / Can’t remember that much about it, don’t ask anyone else about it / Except a little, in case you were wonderful in your abandon. / Don’t gloat if you were wonderful, for you have a hangover, ass, / Soon you’ll be old and you will still be this childish. . .
This episode celebrates reading and listening to music, with offerings in mind.
- I begin with Renee Gladman, The Eleven Calamities, Calamities, 2016 (Wave Books)
- Then CAConrad, Painted Pigeon Project, (Soma)tics for the Future Wilderness, 2014 (Wave Books)
- Bernadette Mayer reads The Way to Keep Going in Antarctica (1968) at a poetry reading in 2019
- Bhanu Kapil reads Poem Seven from How to Wash a Heart, 2020 (Liverpool University Press) on the occasion of winning the TS Eliot Prize
- I then read Asiya Wadud, Anything is Light when it Bears it Heavy: Etching a Name onto a Malleable Surface from New Weathers, Poetics from the Naropa Archive, ed. Anne Waldman and Emma Gomis, 2022 (Nightboat)
- Finally, I read Alice Notley, The Prophet (1979) from Grave of Light: New and Selected Poems 1970-2005, 2006 (Wesleyan University Press)
- As ever, thank you to Roger 3000 for Something Like’s theme music.
Pharoah Sanders, Greeting to Saud (Brother McCoy Tyner), Elevation, 1973 (Impulse!)
Choices, Nikki Giovanni, Cotton Candy on a Rainy Day, 1978
Kahil El’Zabar Quartet, A Time for Healing, A Time for Healing, 2022
Bitsy reading: Renee Gladman, The Eleven Calamities, 2016 (Wave Books)
Midori Takada, Cutting Branches for a Temporary Shelter, Cutting Branches for a Temporary Shelter, 2022
Bitsy reading: CAConrad, Painted Pigeon Project, (Soma)tics for the Future Wilderness, 2014, Wave Books
Bernadette Mayer reading her The Way to Keep Going in Antarctica in 2019
Wadada Leo Smith / Douglas R. Ewart / Mike Reed. Unknown Forces, Sun Beans of Shimmering Light, 2021
Bhanu Kapil reading Poem Seven from How to Wash a Heart (TS Eliot Prize), 2020
Aline Bouvy, Splendeur et Décadence des Sirènes, 2022
Valentina Goncharova, Return to the Ocean, Ocean – Symphony for Electric Violin and other instruments in 10+ parts, 2021
Bitsy reading: Asiya Wadud, Anything is Light when it Bares it Heaven, Etching a Name onto a Malleable Surface, New Weathers, Poetics from the Naropa Archive, 2022 (Nightboat)
Helen Thorington, Terra dell’Immaginazione, Real to Reel, 2019
Bitsy reading: Alice Notley, The Prophet (1979), Grave of Light: New and Selected Poems 1970-2005, 2006 (Wesleyan University Press)
Three Pastorals, Autumn Fair, 2022 (Recital 10th anniversary project)
Max Meaza, Complicated Life, West Coast Hotel, 2006