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Martin Bidney Dramatic Reading of Original Poems

April 25 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Martin Bidney Dramatic Reading of Original Poems

Martin Bidney will offer a dramatic reading of original poems from his book
Six Dialogic Poetry Chapbooks: Taxi Drivers, Magritte Paintings, Gallic Ballads, Russian Loves, Kafka Reactions, Inferno Update

Wednesday April 25, 2018
6:00-7:30 PM

at Broome County Arts Council
81 State Street, Binghamton

Martin Bidney, Professor Emeritus of English and Comparative Literature at Binghamton University (MA, Slavic Langs., Harvard; PhD, English, Indiana), will be “acting out” poems from all 6 of the short collections in this first of 3 planned readings from his books. In the 13 years of his emeritation (let’s not talk about “retiring”) he has published 21 books of original and/or form-faithfully translated verse (3 of them with SUNY Press). All of his poems are singably rhythmed and melodious: he’s a 21st century troubadour and a “dialogic” poet who loves to con-verse in the forms he learns from his master-mentors.

You’ll hear New York State cabdrivers tell of their lives. Magritte’s peculiar paintings will be shown and interpreted. “Gallic Ballads” are written in a form exemplified in highly crafted ballades of the 1400s by the famous poet and criminal François Villon. Bidney responds with original poems to his new musical translations of favorite Russian poets. He writes sonnet “replies” to the flash fictions quickly jotted by Franz Kafka. Bidney’s “Inferno Update” is subtitled “A Sonnet Tour of Hell, with Other Treats.”

Bidney has given memorable readings from Russia’s World Traveler Poet at Riverread Books and from A Lover’s Art at the Brunelli Gallery. These are available on YouTube. His “sixpack” readings will range in mood from the relaxed and conversational to the musical-mystical and wittily whimsical.






April 25
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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Broome County Arts Council


Broome County Arts Council Gallery Space
81 State Street, Suite 501, Stephens Square
Binghamton, NY 13901 United States
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