Poems in Boxes, a reading by several local poets; poet Wayne Lee reads from his new collection, Googling a Present Participle
Poems in Boxes is a free reading by several local poets on Sunday, Sept. 20, featuring an exhibition of nine handmade art boxes by Leah Stravinsky. Inside each box is a poem by one of the poets who reads that afternoon: former Santa Fe poets laureate Jon Davis (reading “Solstice”), Joan Logghe (“To Be Happy”), Valerie Martínez (“New Mexico Fragments”), and Arthur Sze (“Qiviut”) are joined by Deborah Casillas (“Reaffimation”), Edi Klinger (“Rembrandt”), Susan Lanier (“Caduceus”), and Piper Leigh (“Questions”). The boxes are for sale and proceeds benefit Kitchen Angels, a nonprofit that delivers meals to homebound Santa Feans. This event and art sale is a sneak preview of the much larger Collectible Box Auction, also a fundraiser for Kitchen Angels, at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center (201 W. Marcy St.) on Oct. 2. Poems in Boxes is at 4 p.m. at the Batts Building (54 ½ Lincoln Ave.). Call 505-471-7780.
Far outside of the proverbial box of convention is Wayne Lee’s new book, Googling a Present Participle: Poems, Prose Poems, Bogus Monologues & Fraudulent Artifacts (Aldrich Press). Lee, a former Santa Fean and Pasatiempo contributor, aims his pen at cultural elitism, racial stereotypes, class warfare, and political correctness. He explores the effects of media on our lives in many satirical, persona, and absurdist poems, including a talk by a Valley Girl museum docent, an obituary for Mr. Potato Head, an ode to asparagus-scented urine, and an artist statement for an illiterate Alabama redneck. Lee reads from and signs copies of his book at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 20, at Teatro Paraguas Studio (3205 Calle Marie, 505-424-1601). There is no charge but donations are welcome. — Jennifer Levin