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Distāntia Remote Reading Archive

Orchid Tierney
Mar 22 · 2 min read

Distāntia: ‘standing apart’, hence ‘separation, opening (between); distance, remoteness; difference, diversity.’

This is a working archive of Distāntia, an experimental reading series staged around the COVID-19 crisis and the concept of social distancing done intimately. Call it: intimate social distancing. Spread poetry, not COVID-19.

Our remote intimate gathering unfolds here:

Line up includes so far (not in order):

Holly Melgard
Rachel Blau DuPlessis
Leonardo Flores
Curtis Emery
Jennifer Scappettone and Nicholas Calvin Mwakatobe
Stephanie Heit
H. E. Casson
Emily Martin
Petra Kuppers
cris cheek
Larissa Shmailo
Steve Benson
Kaitlin Moore
Joel Chace
Travis Chi Wing Lau
Ricky Tykal Ray
Charles Bernstein
Aldon Lynn Nielsen
Amanda Earl
Joanna C. Valente
Scott C. Smith
Joe Milazzo
Megan Burns
Elæ [Lynne DeSilva-Johnson]
Samantha Pious
Patrick Durgin
Isaac Pickell
Catherine Kyle
Ira Sukrungruang
Cam Scott
Christina Rosso
Joey Yearous Algozin

March 14, 2020

Emcee Introduction:

Poetry by Stephanie Heit:

Curtis Emery’s “Waterworld”:

“Reproductive Labor” by Holly Melgard:

March 15, 2020

“How To Survive Surviving a Crisis” by H.E. Casson:

“Gestures Carve Out A Space” By Emily Martin:

“Neptune’s Handfasting” by Petra Kuppers:

March 16, 2020

“On the border” by Rachel Blau DuPlessis:

“Remembering the Lanternfly” by Amanda Silberling:

“Populist Pastoral in Smoke” by Jennifer Scappettone and Nicholas Calvin Mwakatobe:

March 17, 2020

“Environmental Foam (for Keith)” by cris cheek:

“Poetry reading my mind” by Steve Benson:

“In Paran” by Larissa Shmailo:

March 18, 2020

Poetry by Travis Chi Wing Lau:

“Invictus” by William Ernest Henley and recited by Charles Bernstein:

“Nebulosa Orionis” by Kaitlin Moore:

March 19, 2020

“Música Callada” by Aldon Lynn Nielsen Translation by Lianggong Luo, read by Chen Hongbo:

“timocracy” by Joel Chace:

March 20, 2020

The Sword” by Joanna C. Valente:

Poetry by Ricky Ray:

Poetry by Amanda Earl:

March 21, 2020

“Tübatulabal” by Scott C. Smith:

“Litany for Philly bookstores” by Samantha Pious:

March 22, 2020

Poetry by Joe Milazzo:

“Opening Lines” by Megan Burns:

“Transmission Attempt #46–06–909 [From the medicine diaries of the Fewkin, 2214]” by ELÆ [Lynne DeSilva-Johnson]:

March 23, 2020

Pomes by Isaac Pickell:

“The Living Net” by Catherine Kyle:

“Sprucing Spring up on Larkin Street” by Lorenzo Thomas, recited by Aldon Lynn Nielsen:

March 24, 2020

An excerpt from “Case Comparison” by Patrick Durgin:

“Monkeys, The Cinepoem” by Ira Sukrungruang:

March 25, 2020

“Isolation” by Genevieve Pfeiffer:

March 28, 2020

“Romans” by Cam Scott:

March 29, 2020

“Becoming a Beast” by Christina Rosso:

March 31, 2020

“On Poverty and Joy” by Joey Yearous Algozin:

Orchid Tierney

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