ETERNiDAY: Queens Poet Lore Festival of the Language Arts


March 11th, 2014


MARCH 5, 2014. 12:00 – 8:00 p.m.


ETERNiDAY: Queens Poet Lore Festival of the Language Arts  is a day-long festival showcasing a diverse selection of poets, artists, musicians, performers, educators, and publishers from the borough and beyond. Curated by the current poet laureate of Queens, Paolo Javier, this festival, named after a term coined by the great Flushing artist Joseph Cornell, will feature readings, panel discussions, musical performances, live film and video narrations, bookmaking and professional development workshops, and a book fair with some of today’s leading independent publishers of innovative literature. The lineup features an event inspired by Robert Seydel’s Book of Ruth entitled “Quail’s Rise: R’s Queens.” There will also be Poets-in-the-Gallery events throughout the day to commemorate the recent exhibits at the Queens Museum, as well as performances by the festival participants in select locations of the museum, to underscore the Queens Museum’s importance as a longtime supporter of poetry and the arts in the borough.


Description of “Quail’s Rise: R’s Queens” from the ETERNiDAY schedule:


My name & time: a Queens of the mind.

There’s an occult meaning in initials.

To “read in splendour” between these two lines from Robert Seydel‘s BOOK OF RUTH (Siglio, 2011), in which the eponymous Ruth Greisman “writes”: JC, MD, will never understand our distance from life – they’re pretenders in that. “Writes” in quotes because RG, like the Queens she shared with Joseph Cornell (through whom she “met” Marcel Duchamp), is of the mind (tho Ruth was Real: Robert’s aunt and, in his words “the artist in the Book.” For Quails rise, read R’s Queens. For Marcel Duchamp, Mina Pam Dick will read. For Joseph Cornell, Jane Carver will sound. For Robert Seydel, Ross Simonini will sing. Featuring a sub-sub library and other special guests. Organized by Emmy Catedral and Nathaniel Otting.

See the full day’s schedule here.