Local Beer, Rhyming Poets

by James Matthew Wilson on November 29, 2010 · 6 comments <span>Print this article</span> Print this article

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Devon, PA. As some FPR readers may already have noted on the Appearances Page, I will be one of seven poets reading from their work at the Victory Brew Pub this Sunday afternoon.  For those of you who have not sampled the wares of this astonishingly ambitious and varied local brewery, the resonance of iambs and the echoes of rhyme in Downingtown this weekend should afford you opportunity.

Christine Yurick, the editor of Think literary journal, has organized the event, which features David Yezzi, editor of the New Criterion, Ernest Hilbert, formerly of Contemporary Poetry Review, of E-Verse Radio, and author of Sixty Sonnets, and several other poets whose work I greatly esteem (and have, for that matter, reviewed in various places).  It was kind of Christine to add Hilbert, April Lindner and myself in as two local poets.  Complete details for the event, including biographies and sample poems, can be found here.

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avatar Jason Peters November 29, 2010 at 7:48 pm

Wilson: Can I just drink the beer, or do I have to listen to the poetry too?

avatar Joshua Lore November 29, 2010 at 9:33 pm

…every village has its smart ass… This sounds wonderful, if only I were back in PA. I wonder if the Publican of Philly will begin hosting such events at such venues?

avatar John Médaille November 29, 2010 at 11:15 pm

Not to worry. After a few brews, the poetry sounds better.

avatar Matt Chominski November 30, 2010 at 3:59 am

It would certainly be nice for the Publican of Philly to put on events like this one. If you know of any philanthropists that would like to aid us in such endeavors please, as the Publican’s editor, send them my way. I do hope to do an edition on Philly-local beers though, and hope to attend on Sunday as well.

avatar Anonymous November 30, 2010 at 11:17 pm

I should have added, Peters, that all the poets are going to recite their poems while drinking their beers, and the audience is asked to listen in a like position. So, God willing, all the verse will be entirely mediated by the suds. Unfortunately, that also means form and matter are one, and so you can’t have beer without getting belted by verses as well.

avatar Anonymous December 5, 2010 at 2:59 am

I just learned of this little news article on the reading. Very nice:


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