Tuesday, February 5, 2013

The Morning reading: "Chew your way into a new world."

Next Wednesday, February 13, poet Amy Gerstler will read from her book, Dearest Creature, at 6:00 PM in Humanities Gateway 1010 at UC Irvine.  The reading is part of UCI's School of Humanities Author Series. Free and open to the public.

You should go.

Advice from a Caterpillar
-Amy Gerstler

Chew your way into a new world.
Munch leaves. Molt. Rest. Molt
again. Self-reinvention is everything.
Spin many nests. Cultivate stinging
bristles. Don't get sentimental
about your discarded skins. Grow
quickly. Develop a yen for nettles.
Alternate crumpling and climbing. Rely
on your antennae. Sequester poisons
in your body for use at a later date.
When threatened, emit foul odors
in self-defense. Behave cryptically
to confuse predators: change colors, spit,
or feign death. If all else fails, taste terrible.”

Click above to listen to Gerstler read and discuss the title poem.

To read David Kirby's NY Times review of Gerstler's book, click here.

See you at the reading.



Anonymous said...

Love that poem!

Rebel Girl said...

It's good to love a poem.

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