THIS was my prized possession for one week in September 2011.
By the third day of the festival and colloquium, poetry really had taken center stage. We started the morning with a lecture/demonstration from Jayne Cortez titled "Find Your Voice and Use It," including a recording of Cortez performing that poem with the Firespitters band. [For an interesting alternate take on the piece, try this video from last year of Cortez reciting the poem with her son, Denardo Coleman.]
Later in the morning we heard a poetry reading by Kevin McNeilly from his new book Embouchure with improvised accompaniment by trumpeter Eric Lewis. [Click here for an audio sample of McNeilly and Lewis in performance.]
After lunch Paris poet Alexandre Pierrepont performed with Marianne Trudel, Didier Petit and Gerry Hemingway, whose flight had finally made it across the Atlantic.