Santa Monica Lookout Reviews
|Humor Highlights Poetry Reading at Santa Monica’s Annenberg Beach House||
When one lives in a city as breathtakingly beautiful and unique as Santa Monica, inevitably that city will be shared with visitors.
By Zina Markevicius Kinrade
August 15, 2014 -- With his suspenders and red St. Louis cap, William Trowbridge looks more like the owner of a Midwestern hardware store than a poet.
But when he took the stage at the Annenberg Beach House Tuesday night, Trowbridge managed to deliver on the image with “Mr. Fix It,” a poem about his father, who was hopelessly inept with tools.
Dana Levin balanced dark subjects with humor as well. Her well-paced poem “Banana Palace” was inspired by a cross section of a banana under a microscope on Facebook.
Levin’s goal was to explain to a future, post-apocalyptic world how social media has affected interpersonal relations. The Santa Fe resident also shared her obsession with death following the death of her parents in 2002.
An unusual example was “Spring,” about the university research center in Knoxville dedicated to the study of human decomposition. “
After a whole book of that, you would think I’d want to write about flowers and bacon, but I got interested in the apocalypse,” deadpanned Levin, whose cheerful explanations of her work lightened the serious tone.
Also focused on decline was Cynthia Hogue. She grew up in Gloversville, New York, and her poem on the town’s depressing degeneration exemplified her social and political themes of slow but inevitable destruction.
Upcoming events at the beachside venue include a reception with photographers who captured images at the city’s Glow displays on August 14th and a rueda salsa dance workshop on August 26th.
For more information, visit annenbergbeachhouse.com.
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