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Always-already :: The David Bromige Posthumous World Tour 2018


Nine years after David Bromige offi­cial­ly left the firm in 2009, his long-await­ed col­lec­tion if wants to be the same as is: essen­tial poems of David Bromige, is avail­able, includ­ing with­in its folds an entire­ly new work, Amer­i­can Tes­ta­ment, com­posed but then nev­er pub­lished a third of a cen­tu­ry ago.

Events cel­e­brat­ing the appear­ance of if wants to be the same as is are tak­ing place in Sebastopol, San Fran­cis­co, Philadel­phia, New York, Wash­ing­ton, and Van­cou­ver, and will fea­ture read­ings of Bromige’s work by a spec­tac­u­lar array of poets, many who knew him.

David’s if wants to be tour starts with a cel­e­bra­tion / read­ing in his long-time home­town of Sebastopol, where he was Sono­ma County’s sec­ond Poet Lau­re­ate, on Fri­day, August 17, at the Sebastopol Cen­ter for the Arts.

The event is host­ed by Bill Vart­naw and fea­tures the book’s edi­tors, Ron Sil­li­man, Bob Perel­man and Jack Krick, and rec­ol­lec­tions, and read­ings from the book, by Gillian Cono­ley, Pat Nolan, Cole Swensen and Jon­ah Raskin.

The evening also fea­tures the world pre­miere of Incre­men­tal Win­dows, a doc­u­men­tary by film­mak­er, pho­tog­ra­ph­er and poet James Gar­ra­han (whose pho­to of David graces the book’s cov­er), who filmed a series of con­ver­sa­tions with Bromige made in the lat­ter years pre­ced­ing the poet’s death in 2009 that cov­er his poet­ics, his fam­i­ly and his life.

The Sebastopol Cen­ter for the Arts is at 282 High Street, Sebastopol.  Doors open at 5:30, pro­ceed­ings get under­way at 6 p.m.  An entrance dona­tion of $10, with no one turned away for lack of funds, is request­ed.  Pro­ceeds will be used to  place a bronze poem of Bromige’s on the grounds of the Arts Cen­ter, a project of Bill Vart­naw, also a Sono­ma Coun­ty Poet Lau­re­ate.

The next night, Sat­ur­day, August 18, a launch / read­ing at Alley Cat Books in San Fran­cis­co fea­tures Nor­ma Cole, Lyn Hejin­ian, Max­ine Cher­noff, Paul DeBar­ros, Jean Day, Nor­man Fis­ch­er, Kath­leen Fras­er, Susan Gevirtz, Bar­ry Gif­ford, Opal Nations, Michael Palmer, Stephen Rat­cliffe, and Kit Robin­son. Holy cow!

Alley Cat Books is at 3036 24th Street, San Fran­cis­co, in the Mis­sion Dis­trict. Lot­sa read­ers, so things start at 6 o’clock.

Then, sud­den­ly, it’s Tues­day, Sep­tem­ber 25, and you’re at the Kel­ly Writ­ers House for the Philadel­phia, PA if wants to be the same as is tour event.  Rachel Blau DuP­lessis, Steve Dolph, Ryan Eck­es, George Economou, Rochelle Owens, Eli Gold­blatt, David Han­cock, Tom Man­del, Chris McCreary, Ariel Reznikoff, Frank Sher­lock, and Orchid Tier­ney are on the bill.

Kel­ly Writ­ers House is at 3805 Locust Walk. The launch gets under­way at 6 o’clock.

Before you know it it’s Wednes­day Sep­tem­ber 26, and it’s New York for the next stop on the tour, at the Poet­ry Project at St. Mark’s. How does Bruce Andrews, Steve Ben­son, Charles Bern­stein, Lee Ann Brown, Nada Gor­don, Aldon Nielsen, Nick Piom­bi­no, James Sher­ry, and who knows, and maybe Abi­gail Child and Robert Gre­nier too, sound?

Every­body knows where the Poet­ry Project is: 131 E. 10th Street. This is the only 8 p.m. start­ing time on the tour, because New York nev­er sleeps.

Then it’s on Bridge Street Books in Wash­ing­ton, DC, on Sun­day, Sep­tem­ber 30, for read­ings by Lor­raine Gra­ham, Buck Downs and Rod Smith for sure, and prob­a­bly one or two oth­ers.

Bridge Street Books finds itself at 2814 Penn­syl­va­nia Avenue NW; things get going at 6 o’clock.

Stay tooned for details about a Van­cou­ver event on Fri­day, Octo­ber 12, and maybe even Seat­tle on Octo­ber 14.

There’s an entry on Ron Silliman’s blog that gets to the crux of the bis­cuit more direct­ly (but then he’s a poet).