Thursday, May 16, 2013

Rattle poerty reading in La Canada Flintridge June 2

Rattle magazine will host the sixth installment of the 2013 Rattle Reading Series on Sunday, June 2nd. Every first Sunday, Rattle continues to gather a selection of performers from around the country for a series of poetry readings to celebrate the summer issue.

                  Releasing in June, Rattle #40 is our first-ever entirely open issue. With no theme or focus to consider, we simply chose our favorite 42 poems from the tens of thousands that had been submitted to us over the previous six months. One of poetry’s responsibilities is to represent the tenor of the times, and these poems do, covering pop culture and politics, love and lust, truth in beauty, and tragic violence. Jon Sands decodes the Trayvon Martin case, Alison Luterman responds to mass shootings, and Moe Szyslak (of The Simpsons) calls the Listen Lady. In other poems we find canned coats, a lost mermaid, crepe myrtles, and the “ridiculous big” Fried Elvis sandwich. These are poems of horror and humor and heart, with a new story on almost every page.
                  The first reading for issue #40 brings together British-born Los Angeles poet Charlotte Innes and Hawai’ian Eric Paul Shaffer. The audience is also encouraged to bring their own poems for a brief open mic. Rattle’s readings will continue every first Sunday this summer.

WHO:       Founded in 1994 by Alan Fox, Rattle magazine operates under the simple premise that it doesn’t take a scholar to be moved by the written word—poetry is for everyone. That principal has guided Rattle through 38 issues, publishing the poetry of lawyers, landscapers, doctors and prisoners right alongside the stars of modern literature. The result is one of the most enjoyable and eclectic literary journals in the country, and one of the most-read. 

Operating outside of poetry’s mainstream, Rattle often seeks out work by groups of poets that the academics have yet to embrace—genres like visual and slam poetry that don’t conform to traditional boundaries. Other issues gather together poets of similar racial or vocational backgrounds, to give their experiences a collective and interactive voice, and to provide a social context for individual works of art.

WHERE:   Flintridge Bookstore & Coffeehouse, 1010 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada-Flintridge, CA 91011

WHEN:     Sunday, June 2nd, 5 p.m., and every first Sunday.

HOW:       Each poetry performance is free and open to the public.


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