Rosanne Cash recited the lyrics to Leonard Cohen’s “Democracy” on January 15, 2017, at the PEN-sponsored “Writers Resist” anti-Trump protest on the steps of the New York Public Library.
It's coming to America first, the cradle of the best and of the worst. It's here they got the range and the machinery for change and it's here they got the spiritual thirst. It's here the family's broken and it's here the lonely say that the heart has got to open in a fundamental way: Democracy is coming to the U.S.A.
MAGHREBIAN SURREALISM SURREALISM IN THE MAGHREB SURREALIST MAGHREB THE MAGHREBIAN SURREALISTS MAGHREBIAN SURREALITY THE SURREALIST REVOLUTION IN THE MAGHREB SURREALIST MAGHREB PRESS SERVICE SURREALISM IN THE SERVICE OF THE MAGHREB Etc.
— Given an audience of intelligent participants — Into a red chechia without a ponytail place nine ping-pong balls numbered from 1 to 9. — Shake the chechia for the one minute needed to create silence. — Draw a ball
Naomi Replansky reads and discusses her poem “Ceremony” at the Kelly Writers House in November 2016. Here is more information about the event. Here is a link to the complete video recording of the reading and discussion.
When a poet voices primarily for performance, publishing sparsely, then leaves the spoken-word scene it can be difficult for subsequent generations to recover and appreciate that voice; what was cutting when delivered can sound blunt from the perimeter of decades. Commentary is prompted then sustained by an evidential body of work once the live performance is over.