Yesterday, we drove from L.A. to Berkley to hear Claudia Rankine read! A total of 708 miles traveled in one day. We got lost twice and almost ran out of gas on the way, but the event was worth every effort to find The End Of The Alphabet.
Along the way, we copied sections of Rankine’s revolutionary book, The End Of The Alphabet, and hid them at various pit-stops. It was a magical experience to journey with the words of Claudia Rankine to find Claudia Rankine.
The “we” of this trip included blooming intellectual, Sean Tracy, and the talents Melanie Jeffrey and Johnny Hernandez. It is easy to see Rankine’s influence in both Melanie and Johnny’s poetry. These poets are not just writing poems, but are reinventing language. I feel very blessed have be born into a world where I get to love, laugh, and be with such people–such art.
I have more to say about these poets, but right now I can’t think–sleep deprivation and happiness make it difficult to be coherent (but such things sure do make me feel alive.)
More about this adveture after a long nap and clear thinking. (Poetry is…ahhh…so amazing.)