Live and on Zoom
Poets Diane Sahms-Guarnieri and g emil reutter will perform their first reading since 2019. The poets will read on 10-13-21, (7pm) at Fergie’s Pub, 1214 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, Pa. Sahms-Guarnieri will read from Covid 19 2020 – A Poetic Journal. reutter will read from Poems of the Pennypack. Poets FX Baird, RuNett Nia Ebo, and Nina Gadson will read from newly released chapbooks. The reading is sponsored by Moonstone Arts Center and admission is free. You can also watch on zoom at this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84308329737?pwd=RjJUdCtJVXRySjlvMHdXakJRRzVmUT09
The Chapbook is available here: https://moonstone-arts-center.square.site/product/sahms-guarnieri-diane-covid-19-2020-a-poetic-journal/294?cs=true&cst=custom
What Others Say:
As sobering as Daniel Defoe’s A Journal of the Plague Year, when the Bubonic Plague devasted London, Diane Sahms-Guarnieri’s, Covid-19, 2020 is a grim recounting of the horrible year through which we have just lived.
Starting with the ironically named “March Madness” section, a term that usually refers to the annual NCAA basketball tournament but so succinctly captures the mass disorientation, like “a sci-fi movie, yet real,” as she notes on 3-23-2020, the journal proceeds through April, the cruelest month, mixing death and rebirth in its stew of life, into the horrific summer of 2020 –
185,000 dead in the United States by Labor Day – and into fall/winter with the mounting dead, the glimmer of hope that a vaccine may soon be available. The collection ends on New Year’s Eve, over 350,000 Americans dead under the chaotic leadership of the Trump administration, the most of any nation in the world. Along the way, as if the pandemic were not bad enough, Sahms-Guarnieri addresses the social turmoil that tore the country apart, the racial injustice that spawned BLM.
—Charles Rammelkamp, author of Ugler Lee and Mortal Coil