Po­ems in Boxes, a read­ing by sev­eral lo­cal po­ets; poet Wayne Lee reads from his new col­lec­tion, Googling a Present Par­tici­ple

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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

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