That’s ‘Rude

Gertrude Stein is often quoted, but usually, people repeat her most sensible words. It’s a shame, and it goes against her whole deal. Hardly anyone ever looks off into the middle distance on a sunny day and intones, “The care with which there is incredible justice and likeness, all this makes a magnificent asparagus, and also a fountain.” How can we fix this? A start is Words & Voices: Stein & Co., a poetry reading by Matthew Zapruder, Gillian Conoley, and Paul Hoover. They plan to read Stein’s work as well as their own, and we trust their selections from her oeuvre to be perfectly nonsensical. The poet best known for using words the way a cubist painter uses reality deserves to be celebrated surrealistically. “A sight a whole sight and a little groan grinding makes a trimming such a sweet singing trimming and a red thing not a round thing but a white thing, a red thing and a white thing.”
Tue., May 17, 12:30 p.m., 2011

 
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