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December 4, at 5 PM. 45 Carleton St., room 111, Cambridge, MA

David Shapiro and Peter Gizzi

will present a collaborative reading & talk: "Art and Poetry in a Time of Terror"

Shapiro poem: Prayer for a House

Gizzi poem: Overtakelessness

David Shapiro was a violinist in his youth. At fifteen he met Frank O'Hara, corresponded with John Ashbery, and was collaborating with Kenneth Koch and many painters of the so-called New York School. David is a tenured art historian at William Paterson University, and has been teaching poetry to architects at Cooper Union for the past twenty years. He has written over twenty volumes of poetry and prose, including the first book on Ashbery, the first book on Jim Dine's painting, the first book on Johns' drawings, and the first study of Mondrian's much tabooed flower studies. He edited An Anthology of New York Poets, as well as a book on aesthetics: Uncontrollable Beauty. His most recent books of poetry include A Burning Interior, After a Lost Original, and House (Blown Apart).

Peter Gizzi's poetry collections include Artificial Heart (Burning Deck, 1998) and Some Values of Landscape and Weather (Wesleyan, 2003). In fall of 2004 Salt Publishing in England will reprint his first book along with 60 pages of early and uncollected work as Periplum and other poems (1987-1992). He is also the editor of The House that Jack Built: The Collected Lectures of Jack Spicer (Wesleyan, 1998).