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DAVID WOJNAROWICZ from HISTORY KEEPS ME AWAKE AT NIGHT The Whitney 2018. Photo: Kirby

There is so much I can say about/in this poem—loss, memory, desire, grief, the struggle—every once in awhile, usually one in each collection, I come up with a good, signature “protest poem” my queer activist, liberationist intact. I place protest poem here in quotes, because they also tend to be elegies (a statement in and of itself). Memorials are a strong form of protest. That being said, I will share a couple of stories around this one for artist David Wojnarowicz.

ROBERT FLACK my home

I am asked by the family to play “minister” at gifted artist and friend Robert Flack‘s memorial. I select and read this passage from Wojnarowicz’s searing, essential memoir, Close to the Knives:

Why does this one die and that one not? What does all this mean? How do…

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It’s exactly one year ago that KFB’s first little chapbook launched, KIRBY’sSHE’S HAVING A DORIS DAY, cleverly disguised as a pink bon bon with legs that kick. Four printings later, nearly 400 copies sold, fellow KFB poet JONATHAN GARFINKEL BOCIANY (STORKS) and myself invite you to celebrate with us this TUESDAY MAY 1ST reading at SPOONBILL BOOKS in Brooklyn. She’ll be having one, reading from Doris and mostly new material from my forthcoming full-length, THIS IS WHERE I GET OFF. Starts at 7PM. See you there.

KIRBYSHE’S HAVING A DORIS DAYJONATHAN GARFINKELBOCIANY (STORKS) TUESDAY MAY 1ST 7PM SPOONBILL BOOKS 99 MONTROSE AV BROOKLYN

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