Just back from the Massachusetts Poetry Festival, where we had a truly Incredible Sestina Reading. Thanks to January Gill O’Neil, the festival director who put together a terrific weekend, all the Mass Poetry staff who were completely helpful, as well as everyone who came!
A group selfie after the reading. From left: Lewis Turco, our barnstormer who came the day after his 80th birthday, Ravi Shankar, Michael Costello, and yours truly.
That’s Mr. Turco, who read “The Vision” and a new sestina.
Victor D. Infante read his sestina and Anis Mojgani’s. In the foreground is Jade Sylvan, who read her “Facebook Sestina” and one of her slash sestinas on Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg.
Michael Costello read his own sestina and David Lehman’s “Operation Memory.”
Michael Costello’s pants.
Michael, Victor, and Lewis.
That’s Ravi Shankar, who read Shanna Compton’s “The Remarried Again Sestina” and another sestina of his own. In the foreground is the terrific Peter Jay Shippy, who read his sestina and another by Denise Duhamel in the book.
There were rows and rows of these at the Peabody Essex Museum.