To welcome April, Poetry Month, we asked Yolanda Wisher, poet laureate of the city of Philadelphia, to come up and record a video of herself reciting a poem of hers. It's one of hundreds of readings, workshops, author events, panels, and poetry get-togethers all month in this poetry town.
Here's a great example: Wisher is curating the Outbound Poetry Festival at 30th Street Station, a festival of April poetry readings presented by Philadelphia Contemporary. She'll kick off the festival with a reading and book signing at Ulises bookstore, 31 E. Columbia Avenue, next Sunday at 4:07 p.m. (Notice the very specific times; be on time and don't be late.) Readings happen each weekday afternoon April 10-21 at exactly 4:52 p.m. On Saturday, April 15, at 2:35 p.m., there will be a special jam of poetry and acoustic music.
For her video reading, Wisher chose her poem "sonnet w/cooking lexicon." Hard not to read without a smile, it's delicious, passionate, full of good feelings and good things to eat.
sonnet w/cooking lexicon
By Yolanda Wisher