Faith Shearin & Taylor Mali

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POST MORTEM COMMENTS FROM TAYLOR MALI: “Maybe because this was the first pairing of the new season after a long summer? Or maybe because I was part of the lineup and I twisted the arms of all my family & friends all summer long to attend? Or maybe because my partner Faith Shearin was and is amazing? Or maybe because of all of the above, but we broke some records at Page Meets Stage last Wednesday! Faith and I had met the previous day when i took her with me to read poetry to some old folks on the Upper East Side, and over lunch we had pretty much planned out our entire set, poem for poem. I’ve been doing this long enough that I know each poet only gets to do six or seven poems in the fist “half” and four in the second (one of which SHOULD be a poem by the other poet!). We both did poems about storing things, and all of our poems were, as Faith likes to say, ABOUT things. We don’t write pretty about otherness.” Guest host and former curator Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz did an amazing job keeping the night moving and asking good questions (“What do people SAY about your work and what do you WISH people would say about your work?”). Here is the video I made of me reading Shearin’s poem “Shackleton’s Decision.” I lay awake at night thinking of how I would do it, figuring I would just film myself talking about how awesome she is and then read the poem. How boring would that have been? Then it occurred to me that I could easily find archival photos of Shackleton and his ill-fated expedition on the internet and produce a narrated slideshow instead! Spent a day in June creating this. Click here.

FAITH SHEARIN is the author of three books of poetry and has been read aloud by Garrison Keillor on The Writer’s Almanac.

TAYLOR MALI is one of the most well-known poets to have emerged from the poetry slam movement and one of the original poets to appear on the HBO series “Def Poetry Jam.”