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poetry as divination 

Wednesday, Oct 2 2013

Last year, Paris-based poet Alice Notley made her first trip to San Francisco in five years. Her event at the First Unitarian Center was more of a divination than a reading; shaking and spent after three passages from three books, each more "far out" than the last, Notley sort of collapsed into her front row seat like a rock star — if the rock star didn't go backstage but sat in the audience, recovering. The final piece was from a work in progress called For the Ride, which follows a consciousness dividing in the way of an amoeba — hopefully there will be more of that on Thursday, when she reads as part of The Holloway Reading Series at UC Berkeley. Author of more than 30 books over four decades, Notley is widely considered one of the most engaging and challenging poets alive.

Thu., Oct. 10, 6:30 p.m., 2013

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