Friday, April 14, 2017
Poems for Kitty
We’re finally kicking off the 2016/2017 season with the winning chapbook, Jennifer Martelli’s After Bird. This collection really drew us in, how the narrative of growing up in the Sixties becomes entwined with the fate of Kitty Genovese, who was stabbed to death outside her apartment in Queens in 1964. There were dozens of witnesses who heard the struggle and did nothing to help.
There are personal vignettes of a young girl’s relationship with her mother mixed with poems about Ms. Genovese. Sometimes the sense of danger in one timeline blends with the other. The young girl imagines being a woman. Images are shared and the poems seem to inform one another. Everyone has a lesson to learn.
From “Magical Thinking in the Time of Lyndon Johnson”
“Don’t walk in spike heels in the Village: the ankle bones will hit high notes.
Don’t dye your black hair that color red: you’ll bleed soon.
Don’t wash your white blouse with bleach: it will yellow, grow curled fingernails.”
We’re really excited to start off with this great chapbook. You can order a copy now from the Titles page . . . you won’t be sorry.