Published : Friday, February 14, 2014 | 6:25 PM
Rattle magazine will host the second installment of the 2014 Rattle Reading Series on Sunday, March 9th, 5:00 p.m, at Flintridge Bookstore & Coffeehouse (1010 Foothill Blvd., La CaÃ±ada).Â Every second Sunday, Rattle continues to gather a selection of performers from around the country for a series of poetry readings to celebrate the winter issue.
This spring Rattle focuses on the love poem, with new work by 40 poets. From sonnets, triolets, and villanelles, to free verse, letters, and lyricsâ€”we spent a year looking for love, in all the ways a poet can slice it. Old love new love, red love, blue love. Mean love, green love, thick love, lean love. In one poem kissing is a religion, anotherâ€™s love is for a chicken. The issue is a strange brew, but love potions often are. To help make sense of it all, we interview poet and philosopher Troy Jollimore, author of the non-fiction book Loveâ€™s Vision.
The first reading of the spring features two poets from this issue and one from the winter issue: Jill Klein ( San Francisco, CA ), Joanna Solfrian ( Bethlehem , CT ), and Charles Harper Webb ( Long Beach , CA ). The audience is also encouraged to bring their own poems for a short open mic.
Each poetry performance is free and open to the public. For more information about Flintridge Bookstore & Coffeehouse visitÂ www.flintridgebooks.com.
About Rattle Magazine
Founded in 1994 by Alan Fox, Rattle magazine operates under the simple premise that it doesnâ€™t take a scholar to be moved by the written wordâ€”poetry is for everyone. That principal has guided Rattle through 43 issues, publishing the poetry of lawyers, landscapers, doctors and prisoners right alongside the stars of modern literature. The result is one of the most enjoyable and eclectic literary journals in the country, and one of the most-read.
Operating outside of poetryâ€™s mainstream, Rattle often seeks out work by groups of poets that the academics have yet to embraceâ€”genres like visual and slam poetry that donâ€™t conform to traditional boundaries. Other issues gather together poets of similar racial or vocational backgrounds, to give their experiences a collective and interactive voice, and to provide a social context for individual works of art.
For more information about the Rattle Magazine Reading Series, contact Rattle Magazine at (818) 505-6777 ext. 111 or visit www.rattle.com/poetry/extras/readings.