What Stirs.

by Matthew Cherry

Shall we cut our rhymes from that ridge of coal,
that crawls beneath the owl-watched pine?

So green,
my memory,
and true.

What does he see?
That ancient mare,
in earth stirring.

That blackening equine gaze,
those leonine thighs.

Pacing in circles,
the width of my gyre,
we wear a white-bird torque,
the study of sodium,
armor against a clean death by drought.

Her hands,
broken sticks,
slipped through my fingers.

We pressed on, alone,
through the desert,
white shadows cut from the cloth of fear.

Matthew Cherry is a Creative Studies graduate student and Teaching Assistant at the University of Central Oklahoma, and a veteran in the United States Marine Corps Reserve. His fiction has been published in Calliope magazine, Necrology Shorts, and The Nautilus Engine. His true loves include Chimay Blue and any English word with all five vowels in alphabetical order. Give up yet? ‘Facetious.’

THE WEEK: NOV 21-25.

MONDAY:

From #occupy to revolution
Jed Brandt, Mike Ely, Eric Riebellarsi
Jed Brandt is an editor with the Occupied Wall Street  Journal, and together with Eric Ribellarsi, has recently returned from deep investigations into the “movement of the squares” in Greece and the revolutionary movement in Nepal. Mike Ely is a veteran revolutionary whose political life started with the early SDS and the Black Panther Party in the 1960s, and covers decades of experience attempting to build revolutionary organization, including among coal miners in the wildcat strike movements of the 1970s. All three are participants in the Kasama Project — a communist effort to re-imagine and regroup for  revolution in the U.S. All have been active in the Occupy Together movement in different cities.

Robert Ashley:That Morning Thing
A remounting of Robert Ashley’s legendary opera. That Morning Thing was performed only three times (Ann Arbor, MI, Oakland, CA and Tokyo, Japan) in the late 1960s, but the opera acquired its reputation through rumor and the famous recordings of two sections, Purposeful Lady Slow Afternoon and She Was A Visitor.

The Oven: AND HUMBABA CAME FROM HIS STRONG HOUSE OF CEDAR
Creative Sounds of Dissension 
JOAN DIDION in conversation with Sloane Crosley
The Secret Science Club presents paleoanthropologist, fossil hunter, and human evolution expert William Harcourt-Smith
Bailey Cooke/Time Travelers/Graham Lee Smith
Dance Film Lab Showcase
Chibi-rific Manga Drawing Workshop with Misako Rocks
Moonshot Magazine’s “Secret Issue” Reading and Release Party
Opre! A Symposium on Romani (Gypsy) Musics and Cultures
ALIEN COMIC / SALLEY MAY AND FRIENDS
Felix and Dexter
Blake Mackey/Mercies/Beet Juice / Kristy Kruger
1751 EASY STREET :: ARTIST TALK
NEW AMSTERDAM RECORD’S DOUBLE-RELEASE EVENT
CANSTRUCTION 

TUESDAY:

Citizen Cartography Workshop: Build a Virtual Atlas of New York
Help NYPL build the geospatial library of the future! This workshop (which takes place the three times a month) will get you oriented with the a set of tools the Library has developed (available at maps.nypl.org) that enables librarians and the general public to add valuable geographic context to old maps. The workshop will focus on the core activity of the website: georectification, or “warping” maps. This means overlaying digital images of historic maps onto a contemporary digital map (similar to Google Maps), transforming them into tiles of a virtual atlas.

THE STORY COLLIDER: BODIES IN MOTION
From finding awe in Hubble images to visiting the doctor, science is everywhere in our lives. Whether we wear a white lab coat or haven’t seen a test tube since 8th grade, science affects and changes us. We all have a story about science, and at The Story Collider, we want to hear those stories.

The Underdeveloped and Overexposed Life and Death of Deena Domino
E.S.P. TV Episodes 8-10 Screening Party

PHARMACOPHORE: ARCHITECTURAL PLACEBO

Myles Manley/The Lost Shores/Tom Devaney (of Rotary Club)/Johann
Researching Family History @ the Schomburg Center
CROSSING BOUNDARIES
GRADUATE POETS SERIES/TAKSIM
SALLIE FORD AND THE SOUND OUTSIDE/QUIET LIFE
Jean-Frédéric Schnyder
THE FUNES
Someone’s Trying to Kill Me 

WENESDAY: 

ANDRU BEMIS @ROOTS AND RUCKUS
Video@Hubertus – Screening of videos by Paul McCarthy
MARY BEARD
PERFECT SENSE/RYAN BLOTNICK’S 04646/TATTOOS AND MUSHROOMS FEATURING: MICHAEL BLAKE 

THURSDAY:

THANKSGIVING!

FRIDAY:

Jack Smith
Few artists can be said to have had a greater influence on the history of experimental cinema, queer cinema, and performance art than Jack Smith (1932–1989). Smith was an antic performer who played to the cheap seats, flamboyantly and tragicomically overwrought in the manner of Theda Bara, Maria Montez, Gloria Swanson, and Dorothy Lamour. His style of camp blended Hollywood orientalism, burlesque, kitsch, polymorphous sexuality, and social satire. Caustically funny, politically trenchant, and defiantly intolerant of intolerance, he provoked police raids and censorial judges, and created a beautiful, haunting, poignant, outrageous, orgiastic body of work that transformed the artistic landscape of the New York underground—a culture also being shaped in profoundly radical ways by Andy Warhol, Tony Conrad, Ken Jacobs, Ron Rice, the Kuchars, Jonas Mekas, the Velvet Underground, Charles Ludlam, and Susan Sontag—as well as inspiring a subsequent generation of artists, including Richard Foreman, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Christophe Schlingensief, Laurie Anderson, Derek Jarman, Nan Goldin, Robert Wilson Jack Goldstein, Mike Kelley, Pipilotti Rist, Vaginal Davis, Cindy Sherman, Guy Maddin, Ryan Trecartin, John Waters, Vivienne Dick, The Cockettes, John Bock, and countless others.

PERFORMA 11
Performa 11, the fourth edition of the internationally acclaimed biennial of new visual art performance presented by Performa, will be held in New York City from November 1–21, 2011. The three-week biennial will showcase new work by more than 100 of the most exciting artists working today, in an innovative program breaking down the boundaries between visual art, music, dance, poetry, fashion, architecture, graphic design, and the culinary arts. Presented in collaboration with a consortium of more than 50 arts institutions and over 50 curators, as well as a network of public spaces and private venues across the city, Performa 11 will ignite New York City with energy and ideas, acting as a vital “think tank” linking minds across the five boroughs and bringing audiences together for brilliant new performances in all disciplines.

Aid and Abet: Working With NGOs
Sonnambula
RON AGAM AND TONY SOULIÉ
Rona Yefman
THE STONE
American Letters 1927-1947: Jackson Pollock & Family
An Auteurist History of Film
Dead Laptop Series
SPANKIN’ STEPHEN’S MONDAY NIGHT PUB QUIZ
Carsten Höller: Experience
Street Scenes / Visual Narrative
Observatory: 
the ephemera: an exhibition by James Walsh
BRAIN CLOUD
Diego Rivera: Murals for The Museum of Modern Art
CHASE GRANOFF: INTUITION IS PRECEDING OVER MY UNDERSTANDING
WHERE AM I?: The tactile experience of sculpture work
The Curiously Sinister Art of Jim Flora: A 60 Year Retrospective
C.I.C.T. / Théātre des Bouffes du Nord Fragments
A BREAK FROM CONTENT: JASON MIDDLEBROOK
DEATHSCAPE
The Cherry Orchard
OPEN INVITATION FOR ACTIONS ON INTERNATIONAL MIGRANTS DAY
Simon Denny:Corporate Video Decisions
Behind the Curtains of XXI Century Communism

UPCOMING:

Jerry Walden 

What Makes Japanese Art: SALON SERIES NO. 40 WITH Sachiyo Ito.

*Salon Series No. 40*

*”What makes Japanese art?”*

Guests: Masayo Ishigure, T. Kenjitsu Nakagaki, Kaoru Watanabe, John Stevenson, Dale Walkonen

Time: Sunday May 22, 2011 3-4pm

Place: Tenri Cultural Institute, 43A W. 13th St., between 5th & 6th Ave, NYC

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Admission: $15, $10 for student & senior

Information: Sachiyo Ito & Company

212-627-0265

www.dancejapan.com

Salon Series # 40 on May 22, 2011 will be a collaboration of artists in various disciplines from dance, music, calligraphy, and literature.The program will begin with a haiku written and read as appropriate to season, place, occasion, followed by calligraphy on the haiku. Inspired by haiku, writing and image, dancer and musicians on koto, fue, and drum will unfold the program as an improvisation. Poetry in western style and haiku will weave through the improvisation as it develops. Post performance discussion will focus on Japanese aesthetics that threads through different forms of Japanese art, ”What makes Japanese art?”

*The Salon Series is a series of performances informative educational lectures, lecture-demonstrations performances, on the performing arts of Japan held three times a year on Sunday afternoons.

*Upcoming Events 2011*

Sat. & Sun., April 30 & May 1 2011 at 1pm
Sakura Matsuri (Cherry Blossom Festival)
Cherry Esplanade Main Stage at Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Information:www.bbg.org
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Sunday, June 26, 2011 3-4pm
Salon Series No. 41
At the Still Point of Turning World
Guests: Egil Rostad, Beth Griffith, Elena Rivera
The influence of Japanese theater on western theater and literature

Sunday, October 16 at 3pm
The 30th Anniversary Concert of Sachiyo Ito and Company
Manhattan Movement and Arts Center, NYC

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This program is, in part, supported by public fund from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.