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Friday, March 10, 2006

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Bill Corbett delivers some of the best readings I've ever attended. Not only is he a great reader of his own work, but Bill always reads the work of other poets. Could be anyone: O'Hara, Bishop, Wieners, Olson, Moore, Niedecker, Williams, Tu Fu, or even some old blues lyrics. The effect is like going to hear jazz artists who play standards next to their own compositions. This generous correspondence has a way of connecting an artist to a wider context, beyond his/her here and now. Thus the experience of the audience is broadened. Bill reads tomorrow at the Union Square Poetry Series. He'll be reading with a younger poet mostly new to me, Tyler Doherty. See you there.

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