Kicking off its 40th year of programming, Small Press Traffic has invited former director Dana Teen Lomax to host Douglas Kearney, Claudia Rankine, and Norma Cole in an evening of Femshi, or Feminist Neo-Benshi. Neo-benshi is live alternative voice-over for films; this extraordinary trio of poets will be sure to delight (and blow minds) no matter what they're referencing. Kearney has been commissioned to write ekphrastic poetry (the transcription of a visual work of art) for three different museums; Cole is renowned for her poetry, visual art, and translation; Rankine's latest book, Don't Let Me Be Lonely, blends poetry, essays, and image to explore fragmented selfhood. It's a recipe for a Small Press Traffic special, wherein the audience breaches the line between observation and participation. One can't help but question, profoundly, what is going on and to what extent it reflects the fundamental nature of being.
Sun., Feb. 16, 5:30 p.m., 2014