An Echo of O’Hara’s Personism

New York poet Frank O’Hara invented his movement Personism as a way to interpose the poem between the poet and the reader, as a way for the poem to connect people. Boston-area poet Heather Christie has added a new chapter to Personism by establishing hours, July 1-14, during which people can call her on the phone to have her read one of the poems from her new collection The Trees The Trees.

Learn more about Christie’s project here and here.

And there’s what, only three days left? Call her at (413) 570-3077 during the following hours, Eastern Standard Times:

  • today 10a-1p
  • tomorrow 10a-6p
  • Thursday 10a-1p

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A former altar boy and a former U.S. Army interrogator, respectively, John F. Buckley and Martin Ott were born and raised in Michigan, meeting each other at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor before separately migrating to California in the early 1990s to attend graduate schools, their friendship evolving into a writing collaboration – what they refer to as poetic volleyball. They both currently live in Southern California, John with his wife, Martin with his wife and two children. John teaches English composition at several local colleges, while Martin works as a marketing strategist for a global company. John still affects a strange piety; Martin still finds himself asking a lot of questions. Individually and together, their writing has appeared in over 150 periodicals and anthologies, garnering three Pushcart Prize nominations for Martin’s poems “India Ivy” and “When Bridges Fall” (available in his collection Children of Interrogation, which has been a finalist or semi-finalist in eighteen poetry prizes) and John’s “Poem for Christy’s Daughter” (available in his collection Kinks in the Hose). Martin has also optioned three screenplays. His chapbook Misery Loves was published on Red Dancefloor Press. John’s chapbook Breach Birth was published on Propaganda Press.
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