I’m almost caught up with additions to the events calendar, long overdue thanks to my recent blog-hiatus. Some of the best events are happening later this week:
* On Wednesday night you can celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Ginsberg’s “Howl” at the Black Rock Bar. An assortment of writers offer their responses to the poem, and (presumably) you offer your responses to the writers.
* On Thursday night up Evanston, Daniel Mendelsohn reads from his new translations of Cavafy, which won’t be out in book form until some time in 2007.
* Starting Friday, there’s an extreeemely interesting conference on “The Future of Poetry Criticism” down in Hyde Park. Some of the papers are already online.
Also, a little further in the future, Zagajewski is coming. Please pay attention to that. If you don’t make reservations this very moment, you’ll be crying come April and you’ll get no sympathy from me. Finally, on a “Howl”-related note, John Freeman interviewed poet and “Howl” publisher Lawrence Ferlinghetti in last week’s New City.