Michael Ruby's Subway Poems, November 13, 8 PM, Green Kill Sessions
Michael Ruby's “Subway Poems,” Sunday, November 13, 8 PM, at Green Kill Sessions.
On Sunday, November 13, 8 PM, the Station Hill Intermedia Lab presents SUBWAY POEMS, an hour-long performance drawn from an unpublished book by Michael Ruby, written on the New York City subway between 2012 and March 12, 2020. Green Kill’s David Schell designed the visuals and will be at the controls improvising. Sound is thanks to the Metropolitan Transit Authority and to unknown people on the subway.
This event will be livestreamed on the Green Kill Sessions YouTube Channel and will be open to a live audience of 30. Tickets are 5 dollars. Go here to purchase tickets:
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On Subway Poems
Michael Ruby wrote poems on his subway ride to work at The Wall Street Journal almost every day from 2012 until the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic on March 12, 2020. The poems take us through Brooklyn streets, New York subway stations, glimpses of international symbols (the Statue of Liberty and Wall Street) and a world of people, both living and dead. The rich, the homeless and everyone in between. Hipsters, schizophrenics, celebrities, grad students, Hasids. A snapshot of New York during the Roaring Teens and the International Criminal Oligarchy right up to the day that the Covid-19 shut it down. You can read and listen to some of the poems here.
Michael Ruby is a poet, literary editor and journalist, whose previous hour-long performances at Green Kill for the Station Hill Intermedia Lab were “Fragments of the Star-Spangled Banner” and Titles & First Lines”.
He is the author of seven poetry books, most recently Compulsive Words (BlazeVOX, 2010), American Songbook (Ugly Duckling, 2013), The Mouth of the Bay (BlazeVOX, 2019) and The Star-Spangled Banner (Station Hill, 2020). His trilogy in prose and poetry, Memories, Dreams and Inner Voices (Station Hill, 2012), includes ebooks Fleeting Memories (Ugly Duckling, 2008) and Inner Voices Heard Before Sleep (Argotist Online, 2011). His other ebooks are Close Your Eyes (Argotist, 2018) and Titles & First Lines (Mudlark, 2018). He co-edited Bernadette Mayer’s early books, Eating the Colors of a Lineup of Words (Station Hill, 2015), and Mayer’s and Lewis Warsh’s collaboration Piece of Cake (Station Hill, 2020), and he is co-curator of the Station Hill Intermedia Lab. He worked for many years as an editor of U.S. news and political articles at The Wall Street Journal.