92Y Readings & Writing Workshops: Olympia Dukakis stars in Eudora Welty’s Asphodel

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Happy Valentine’s Day!
“For Love to Continue”
By Sally Van Doren
It was a humdrum graphite morning.

The subsidiary showed up late

And tired.  Her head kept falling


Out of its orbit and into

The ventilation queue.  When the

Astronaut stopped to take off


His make-up, he presented her

With a décolletage of primrose

Petals on a cracked vitrine.


They entwined themselves on the lattice

Only to recoil a bit when an erratic

Dilettante usurped their handholds.


With an adroit maneuver, they

Sandwiched the euphemism between

His anxiety and her euphoria.


The cordial they squeezed from

Their union induced lightheadedness.

They cut out the obit, pasted it


On the last page, then folded the page

In half, folded the corners into triangles

And flicked it across the kitchen table.

Van Doren
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Kazuo Ishiguro and Caryl Phillips
Two eminent British-emigre novelists take the stage together.

Kazuo Ishiguro’s The Buried Giant, his first novel since the bestselling Never Let Me Go, tells a luminous story about the act of forgetting and the power of memory. “He is one of the finest prose stylists of our time,” writes Michael Ondaatje.

Since his first book, “Caryl Phillips has been trying, with unusual seriousness and concentration, to rewrite English literature by filling in the gaps, the black holes, in the country’s official story of itself,” writes Pico Iyer. The Lost Child, Phillips’ new novel, is a tale of orphans and outcasts, inspired by Wuthering Heights.


Wed, Mar 18, 7 pm

Eudora Welty’s Asphodel
A Reading by Olympia Dukakis and Others; Directed by David Kaplan
A place that ever was lived in is like a fire that never goes out.
Don’t miss Oscar® winner Olympia Dukakis when she visits the Poetry Center in advance of the inaugural Eudora Welty Biennial. Asphodel is the story of three women visiting a country estate in memory of an eccentric friend who recently passed away.

Wed, Mar 11, 8 pm


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