40th anniversary of Midwinter Day, by Bernadette Mayer

40th anniversary of Midwinter Day, by Bernadette Mayer

Bernadette Mayer, photographed by Marie Warsh

Midwinter Day, Bernadette Mayer

A group reading celebrating the 40th anniversary of Midwinter Day

Saturday, December 22 at 1:00pm

From the back cover of Midwinter Day:

Perhaps Bernadette Mayer’s greatest work, Midwinter Day was written on December 22, 1978, at 100 Main Street, in Lenox, Massachusetts. “Midwinter Day,” as Alice Notley notes, “is an epic poem about a daily routine.” In six parts, Midwinter Day takes us from awakening and emerging from dreams through the whole day — morning, afternoon, evening, night — to dreams again: “a plain introduction to modes of love and reason, / Then to end i guess with love, a method to this winter season / Now I’ve said this love it’s all i can remember / Of Midwinter Day the twenty second of December.”

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Please join us in celebrating the 40th anniversary of Bernadette Mayer’s, Midwinter Day on Saturday, December 22 at 1:00pm when the poem will be read in its entirety.

Comforting refreshments will be served and donations are greatly appreciated. Participants TBA.

Other locations also in celebration this day include:

Albany, NY :: Hudson River Coffee House feat. Bernadette Mayer :: 12:30PM

Atlanta, GA :: Private residence. Email nicksturm00@gmail.com for info :: 6PM

Buffalo, NY :: Private residence. Email kevin.thurston@gmail.com for info :: 1PM

Chicago, IL :: Uncharted Books :: 2PM

Milwaukee, WI :: Woodland Pattern :: 3PM

Minneapolis, MN :: Wolf House :: 2PM

New York, NY :: Berl’s Brooklyn Poetry Shop :: 12PM

Philadelphia, PA :: A-Space :: 2PM

Portland, OR :: Passages Bookshop :: 7PM

Washington, DC :: RhizomeDC :: 1PM

Bernadette Mayer, photographed by Marie Warsh

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