Thursday, March 19, 2009

Party @ 8.00 PM (GMT)



Welcome to the Party, or welcome back if you were here earlier. At this time, I will be reading from Section III of the book. If you are the kind of reader who likes to begin at the beginning, you may want to hear the reading on the previous post first. Do sign in by writing a comment. I am online, and so will be able to respond immediately.

After this fifteen-minute reading, please feel free to hang out here or come back at 8 PM (Eastern Standard Time) when I will read from Sections IV and V of the book. Some of your favorites are in this final segment.

Since this is a virtual party, no one will hustle you to buy the book. If you like the reading, however, you may find out on the blog sidebar how you could get a copy. Thanks for celebrating my birthday with me. All my love, Jee


10 comments:

Eshuneutics said...

My comment seems to have disappeared! I remember Francis Bacon writing somewhere about the pain in his paintings, the scintilla of pleasure exacted from the precision of pain. Two poems, "For lonely" and "New Year Resolution" gain from your reading voice: they have a sharp loneliness within them...even a sense of aloneness. Beautiful

Jee Leong Koh said...

When I read somewhere, in a bar, say, I can always tell whether the audience is with me. "Reading" on the net (which was a reading into a recording software) is either too much or too little directed. I'm glad that something so mechanically and electronically produced captures something of the human.

glbynum said...

Hi Jee Leong. Happy Birthday! I'm looking forward to the reading.
Greg

Jee Leong Koh said...

Thanks, Greg! Glad you could make it.

GANYMEDE said...

Hello Jee and happy birthday! I just downloaded your MP3 files, which will permit me to listen more carefully at leisure--my aural comprehension is not as good as my reading comprehension. But I did listen to the interesting opening, with the plane going past on its way to LaGuardia, just like you said. Your apartment looks spacious and light-filled, very nice. And close to the #7 train, perfect for visitors!!

One very productive thing about my visit here today: one of the at-home photos you posted is actually a much better one to use for your author thumbnail in your Ganymede section. So I already Photoshopped it and plugged it in...very nice. Your face is always in shadow in the other pix.

And thanks to you, I've looked into Philip Larkin and ordered his Collected Poems from the library. At some point we can talk about them. Have you read Samuel Menashe, the only living poet in the Library of America poets series? Very delicate and gay-cultural, everything clear and thoughtful. You might like him. Know him socially--he has no computer or email, imagine that!

Back to the bash! Best wishes, John Stahle

PS: next Saturday, at that fair at the Center, if you need help getting stuff back home, I'll be happy to help you.

Jee Leong Koh said...

Hi John,
Thanks for coming by! I'm sure you will enjoy the Larkin.

glbynum said...

Thanks so much for the reading Jee Leong. I enjoyed it. It was good to hear your voice, and especially the poem about loneliness & smiling at fear - that moved me. & what a gorgeous picture!! if only everyone could look that handsome at 39 (or at any age).

Jee Leong Koh said...

I'm happy you enjoyed the reading, Greg, and was even moved by something heard. Have a great weekend.

kcr said...

Hi Jee Leong! Happy Birthday!! Despite my good intentions I left work late and got home to find the party in full force--and there is so much to read and hear. So please do leave it up at least a couple of days--I can't rush through poems, though I hear lines and verses I want to hear at leisure. Your voice is an important part of it, too--it carries and opens to the listening ear such a steadily inviting sense of words and their balance/ play/sound on multiple levels, a table spread with visual, tactile, sensory, subtle-hearing experience. but there are details that started to pull me into various directions and that need a bit of attention. and I didn't even get my virtual glass of wine! But I wanted you to know I did make it and will be back to read more. Thank you for the celebration, meanwhile! Best, Karen

Jee Leong Koh said...

Karen,
The readings will be left up on the blog. Thank you for coming by, and do come back. The spread will be here.